Important lessons from a groundhog


If you are a groundhog, timing is everything. A cloudy day and a shadow could mean six more weeks of hiding from the world, whereas a well-timed...

A crisis in national pride averted


Lately my sense of national pride has been waning. The news is filled with reports about the rise in homeless families, opioid deaths, tuition...

Students are scattered throughout the rural high school’s small library, typing away on laptops.It is Giving Tuesday, but they are not making...

Avoid the college plans questions


The cursor inches across the screen, ever closer to “Submit,” which squats in the corner like the portal to her future.Breathless, her face a blend...

My Turn: Turn up the volume on racism


It is a crisp autumn Sunday morning in rural New Hampshire and I am watching the brilliant array of diverse colors fall from the large maple tree...

Playlist to a new student identity


At last my children have begun their summer reading, and this can only mean one thing … school will be starting in a matter of days.Though they...

Stop fidgeting with mindfulness lessons


Whirl, whirl, click, click. The artificial sounds of fidget spinners penetrate the peaceful summer air – not exactly the “audible stillness” of...

Reflecting on freedom


The fireworks have faded, the grill is cold, the parade has marched into the distance and the family has all gone home. With all the hoopla, it is...

Man up: A father’s journey in identity


Covered in pee at 3 a.m., all I had the energy for is laughter. I stood alone with an infant wriggling and wailing, his mother desperately stealing...

Decisions, decisions: Choosing a college


Despite a decade of parenting, this week I made a rookie mistake. In the days leading up to the Easter holiday, I took my daughter into Granite...

In the midst of March Madness, many of us obsess over our bracket, feverishly wondering – who’s going to win it all? With nearly equal intensity...

College admissions define ‘leadership’


“The college invasion.”This is how my high school seniors describe the scene on our campus each fall. Admission visitors – like extraterrestrials –...

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