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Here are a few good numbers for you, Enjoy them, a present, for all, shining true, Heralding the attendees of collaborative events, From September through December...
Our recent Socratic conversation brought up many interesting observations, chief among them: The sheer entanglement of factors: conscience, reason, science, emotions, religion, tradition, upbringing, education, law, honor, fear, biology. We can’t always explain the motivations for doing the right thing. There are differences between a civic society and a moral one. We need to listen to our inner voice. Maturation of ethical judgment may be affected by intermingling of genes and ...
We don’t serve mashed potatoes at high noon, but freshly baked cookies, coffee, and tea aren’t too bad an alternative. They sweeten the taste for technology – on a day when we sift through piles of weekend e-mail, as we look hungrily to the week ahead. On the second Monday of each mo...
I attended the Socratic Conversation on Nov. 3, 2011.  The topic of the session was: "Singlism", Marriage, "Partnership", or...? What's the Right Choice for You?.  During the session, people from different cultural backgrounds (India, South Africa, Japan, Brazil, China, and U.S.) shared their unique (but to some extent, more or less similar) perspectives on how being single is viewed in each of their own societies. It was brought to my attention when a participant said that in his country, esp. at workplace, those who are...
Your Mind Online:  How Is Your Use of Technology Affecting Your Life? shed many enlightening thoughts, observations, and experiences.  Summarized are the main themes that emerged in our inspiring Socratic conversation that openly and honestly probed the topic of technology and its influences on our daily lives. We are our own gate-keepers now - critical thinking and smart/sensible uses of technology are highly relevant educational needs in today’s world. Being connected is now the default -- we have to...
I attended the Socratic Conversation hosted by the Gottesman Libraries on Sept 9 and the topic of the session was: "Enjoying Great Conversation: How Talking Together Can Enhance Your Life & Your Learning" In this one hour session, facilitator Ron Gross led the discussion with guiding questions such as: 1. What do you value most in the best conversations you have? 2. What conversational skills have you used, or observed and admired? 3. How does your online communication (Texting, Twitter, e-mail, Facebook, etc.) complement, replace, or change your face-to-face convers...
I catch a glimpse from the corner of my dad’s office window high up in the glass skyscraper. Sitting cross-legged, dizzy looking down, I try to replicate the puzzling sculpture on paper with pencil. Is it a bird, dog, an aardvark, baboon head, or possible profile of a woman? I have not heard yet of Cubism and find the shape, despite the c...
[caption id="attachment_10601" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="View from the Boathouse at Valcour Conference Center"][/caption] I learn that the theme for SUNY LA 2011, Shared Borders: Collaborating for Success, is inspired partly by its physical locale.
Education Program at Gottesman Libraries hosts different types of education related events in the library through the year. For instance, Socratic Conversation, book talk, workshop, news display, and film screening.  I always find those events resourceful and enjoyable. This week, I attended a book talk hosted by Wendy Elmer: Book of Poems About Being a Teenager, and other works. I read some of Wendy's work at a poem reading event hosted by Education program earlier and was really touched by her work. Previously, she shared her works from one of her publications:
Her favorite blue jeans sport a gaping hole across the right knee,  seam to seam. Hand-me-down from her brother and previously her neighbor, the Polos are faded comfortably to a soft speckled gray in some places, reminding us of tiny eggs in a bird’s nest. Together we ponder the first real bike ride, seeing her taut white knuckles on the handlebars, her back as...