TURNING POINTS—Turning Wooden Spoons

Holidays can end all at once, like the final jingle bell note on the radio’s last Christmas song at 11:59 PM on December 25. Thanksgiving, on the other hand, lingers on in most households. In fact, some would argue that the post-Thanksgiving uses of cooked turkey equal or top the big day’s feast. Before the … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Turning Wooden Spoons

TURNING POINTS—Looking for Hope and Gratitude

The pair in the main photo had their eyes riveted on me as I walked away from the car that particular afternoon. For them, every return that Kathleen or I made to the car represented a miracle that warranted celebration. Living in hope. That’s dogs. Being anthropomorphic—after all, one of the great joys of including … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Looking for Hope and Gratitude

TURNING POINTS—Family and Rugby Culture Launch an International Life

The post a few weeks ago about “reciprocal determinism” prompted a reply from the son of very old friends. Ian Hincken (pictured with his Dad, Ed) shared how Albert Bandura’s psychological concept neatly explained how his family and rugby environment/situational factor in his childhood and adolescence impacted how he thought about the world and about … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Family and Rugby Culture Launch an International Life

TURNING POINTS—Even Big Mistakes Can Become Good Turning Points

In this time of national conflict and turmoil, it is worth reminding ourselves of the things that unite us. Some responses to big problems just make sense, regardless of one’s political perspective. Life is messy, and sometimes people make big mistakes—commit crimes and spend time in jail or prison. When that happens in a family, … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Even Big Mistakes Can Become Good Turning Points

TURNING POINTS—Autumn Urges For Going And Doing

Many of us associate fall or autumn with changes. Endings and beginnings. It happens around us and in us. Farm fields sprout those large orangey-colored things on which people love to carve scary faces. The green leaves of summer transform into an array of golds, browns, and reds. These colorful reminders of mortality then drop … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Autumn Urges For Going And Doing

TURNING POINTS—And Open Admissions

Three years ago, Wild River Books launched Open Admissions: What Teaching at Community College Taught Me About Learning at Philadelphia’s historic Mermaid Inn, home to my own Sacred CowBoys and numerous other Philly-based performers. The occasionally raucous event featured a conversation with Community College of Philadelphia Vice President Judith Gay and me about the importance … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—And Open Admissions

TURNING POINTS—What a French Mother of Seven and Cook Has Given the World

Lucie “Lulu” Tempier Peyraud died Wednesday morning, two months before her 103rd birthday. After she married Lucien Peyraud in 1936, her father gave the couple a farm property on which to live. Through decades of hard work there, the couple and their seven children developed a world-class vineyard and successful family business. Lulu cooked for … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—What a French Mother of Seven and Cook Has Given the World

TURNING POINTS—America’s Greatest Economic/Educational Counter to The COVID Recession Is Its Community Colleges

 COVID-19 has changed the work and employment landscape in the US and elsewhere, but our network of community colleges may provide the resource we need to re-train displaced workers and to enable degree-seeking students a chance to take valuable steps toward their goal. Last week, reader Rich Conti steered the Turning Points conversation toward David … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—America’s Greatest Economic/Educational Counter to The COVID Recession Is Its Community Colleges

TURNING POINTS—COVID Not What America’s Most Vulnerable College Students Need

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it this year—and mostly in very undesirable ways. That statement might be one of the few things about which Americans can agree this year. The virus has provided a turning point for millions of people, launching us onto unexpected paths that--for some--involve only inconvenience, isolation, and anxiety--but for … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—COVID Not What America’s Most Vulnerable College Students Need