What you say about others, says everything about you.

“Did you see the nasty look  that man just gave me?”
“He didn’t give it to you mommy.
You had it when you came in.”
Reflection has always been my favorite of the rules. It’s influence permiates all the rules, and incoprorating it into your understanding of the river is essential to successful journeying…

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Stop Driving Me Crazy: Reflections from the River

A new student, who is just starting down the river, sent me an e-mail that ended, “I hope you have a section in your lessons on how to not let (my co-worker) drive my crazy.” I know that she meant it as a joke, but strangely enough the rules of the river do deal with how to not let people drive you crazy…

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How to Handle Conflict Using Healthy Skepticism

What if I were to tell you,”The sun won’t come up tomorrow.”? You would probably dismiss me as either insane or ridiculous, at least that is what several people did when I said, “the sun won’t come up,” to them today. When I added, “The sun didn’t come up today,” they all emphatically said that it did come up. You are probably thinking the same…

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A Case Study that Defines Pet Peeves and Turns Them Into Positives

The Urban Dictionary defines Pet Peeve as “Something that maybe a bit annoying to most people but is very annoying or upsetting to a particular person. Related to the word peeve meaning an annoyance or grievance, a pet peeve is something that a person has adopted (like a pet) to be extra annoying or upsetting to them.” Pet Peeves become a problem whenever we allow our actions to be ruled by them, and unfortunately, I have a pet peeve. Luckily, I also have fourteen “river rules” to help me turn that peeve into a current worth exploring…

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How to Impeached a President: Kids and the Constitution

A True Story
It all began when I took out the Presidential Cards that I made a few years ago in order to provide a “Knowledge Challenge” in honor of Presidents Day for my Passport Kids. I love the spontaneous learning that occurs during the conversations that these challenges inspire…

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A Daily Mantra For a Divided World

“There is always something I can learn,” will be my Daily Mantra for the foreseeable future. Mantras are simple phrases, or words, or sounds, that people use to help themselves stay focused on a particular state of mind. In my case, I need to focus on what unites us rather than divides us. As our upcoming election approaches, I find it easy to take a side, but everything I know about riding life’s river reminds me that it would be wiser if I did a little more listening and learning with an open mind to the people with whom I disagree…

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Oceania Fun for Passport Kids

After my month of “Everything Africa” went so well, I decided to head to the other side of the world and spend a month on “Everything Oceania.” My journey began at the library where I raided the kids section on everything I could find on Oceania’s countries and cultures…

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How to Win at Everything

As with all things on life’s river, your definitions define how you experience life. That being said, your ability to win every time depends upon how you define winning, so let’s take a moment to determine how you define winning…

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How to recognize and avoid a Phishing Attack

I was Phished two times this month, but I didn’t fall for it because I have learned to recognize Phishing Attacks and avoid them. I normally don’t post on subjects like internet security, but having received two  phishing attacks myself, I find myself wanting to address this urgent issue.

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Facing Prejudice in the Classroom

“I don’t want to be a Global Citizen. I just want to be a Good Citizen,” she told me for the umpteenth time as she trailed me through the classroom. I was too distracted helping other kids, who where filling out their passports and taking their friendship oaths, to notice her quiet determination…

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