Celebrate Juneteenth!

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Face Painting

Tomorrow is Juneteenth, the anniversary of the announcement of the end of slavery. It’s not a well known holiday for lots of reasons. One is that we don’t really like to talk about that part of our history. We don’t like to acknowledge the shadow side of our country and culture. But “If you are serious about American culture and … Read

Glitter Jar

Sara LockieMindfulness & Movement1 Comment

Glitter is not my favorite.  I try to keep it out of our home, but it’s getting more difficult. Not only do my kids bring it home on art projects, but I didn’t realize how glittery it would be to have a daughter! Glitter on shoes, shirts, pants, backpacks, notebooks, and toys. Glitter that finds its way into every corner … Read

Woke

Rhonda CalderonCoaching for Growth, Social Justice, Team Building1 Comment

White Bread

Let’s see a show of hands: When it comes to racism in the United States, who out there describes themselves as “woke?” Okay, good. Now, readers of color, please put your hands down so I can see how many white folks describe themselves as woke. Okay, very interesting! White folks, you can put your hands down. Let me ask you … Read

Ain’t I A Woman?

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Women on TP Shuffle

“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.”–Sojourner Truth, 1851 As I understand it, when Sojourner Truth  spoke the … Read

Black History Month 2018

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Watts Towers

The day after the 2016 election, I met with D Anderson, a young Black man I’ve worked with for a number of years. I hadn’t slept much the night before. Eating dinner at the Drake Diner counter that night​, the election results rolled in, and my dreams of a woman president rolled out. The night sky was a stunner as well​. … Read

New Year Priority

Rachel Krzton-PressonCoaching for Growth, Mindfulness & MovementLeave a Comment

In a Drawer

Time and again I’ve started a New Year’s Resolution and by the end of January my enthusiasm to keep the resolution has all but fizzled out. Maybe some of you have experienced this tiresome cycle. This year I’m trying to combat the cycle by hitching my resolution to my yoga practice. Since I do yoga as often as I can, … Read

New Year, New Intention

Martha McCormickCoaching for Growth, Philosophy & MusingsLeave a Comment

Sky reflection

So I’m driving home from yoga class listening to an interview of Sue Grafton, the great detective writer and thinking I need to just write a little bit every day this year. Well, is it too late since yesterday was the first? And then I realize I’m hungry, and I see that the garbage can is tipped over blocking the … Read

Devastation in Puerto Rico

Sara LockieEnvironmental Education, Philosophy & Musings, Social Justice1 Comment

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Shelly Johnson, Martha McCormick and I planned to travel to Puerto Rico this Tuesday. Next Step was chosen to present at the North American Association of Environmental Educators’ (NAAEE) Annual Conference in San Juan this week. Our presentations were planned, and we were looking forward to learning about a place we had never visited. Instead, we have anxiously followed the … Read

Lessons for Harvest Time

Martha McCormickEnvironmental Education, Uncategorized1 Comment

Harvest basket

It’s harvest time in Iowa! It’s been a mostly warm September, and we’re bringing in buckets of tomatoes, bouquets of basil and parsley, and enough carrots to share with the Jolly Green Giant! Kids are gathering produce and learning in school gardens all over the country as well. It’s tempting to get all sentimental about kids raising food for their … Read