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Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas with Lilu and Gryphon

My nephew Tim hosted the Portland area family Christmas this year.
Lilu an Gryphon had a blast!
Tim with Gryphon and Lilu

Jen (Tom had to work)
Tree at Tim and Urs' house
Nahla, Urs and Gryphon

Marquez (Tim and Jen's son)
Lilu decorates gingerbread
Gryphon takes a nap

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Lilu and Gryphon at 8 months.
Think they look alike?
They should. They are twins, born 2 years apart.

ABC's according to Lilu

Friday, December 10, 2010


Last night I had the pleasure of attending a great Kauai Chamber of Commerce gathering at the Kauai Marriott. Fate sat me next to a lovely lady and her hubby. Turns out she is my #1 Son's classmate. ("Get out! No way! You're his mom???")
She was surprised (very pleasantly) to hear that he is a developing artist.

So that got me thinking about creativity.
Which led me to Rainn Wilson.

And then, of course, Sir Ken Robinson.

... But it's not only about that. It's about passion. Often, people are good at things they don't really care for. It's about passion, and what excites our spirit and our energy. And if you're doing the thing that you love to do, that you're good at, time takes a different course entirely. My wife's just finished writing a novel, and I think it's a great book, but she disappears for hours on end. You know this, if you're doing something you love, an hour feels like five minutes. If you're doing something that doesn't resonate with your spirit, five minutes feels like an hour. And the reason so many people are opting out of education is because it doesn't feed their spirit, it doesn't feed their energy or their passion.

So I think we have to change metaphors. We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process, it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development; all you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish....

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy 19th Byron!

A little time for video games...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lilu and Gryphon

The best investment this year has been my daughter's iPhone4 and T-1 line.
This brings my grandchildren Lilu and Gryphon into my house and my fish tanks into theirs via FaceTime.
It also gives us great videos to share with you!

Head Shoulders knees and Toes

Ball Player