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Cuba Trip: Itinerary and Photos

What we did, what we saw Since several people asked, here is a list of activities, events, lectures, meals, and breaks during our week. I have added a few personal items to the official itinerary, which includes the purpose of these activities, referring to interactions with locals to develop a better understanding of their culture, […]

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A Week in Havana

Enriching my life in so many ways Note: I’m sifting through a blur of memories and facts to put this blog together, trying to remember events, ideas, trends, issues, and statistics (sometimes with the help of online resources, when I can find them). If you come across any errors, please let me know so I […]

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Happy Holidays 2013

Sending best wishes for a wonderful new year! As the new year approaches, we’re both in a very good space and looking toward the new year with a sense of optimism, excitement, and anticipation. In the meantime, here are a few highlights of 2013: My speaking work picked up a bit from 2012. I got […]

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Taking a Step Back

…Before taking the next step forward A new friend just asked if she could interview me on the topic of guilt-free self-care. I eagerly agreed but assured her that I knew very little about either. To be fair, I’m much better about the guilt part, but I’ve noticed a few lapses in my efforts at […]

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Random Thoughts on the Blank Page

A bad case of writer’s block I am a writer. And at the moment, I am a writer with a deadline. Two, in fact, the most immediate one for a 10,000-word piece on classroom management. Piece of cake, right? I’ve been writing, speaking, and blogging about that topic— especially the stuff we do that makes […]

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What Jane’s Been Up To: 2013

September 1, 2013 Within in a year of launching my first Web site, I had what I called a blog, a personal journal detailing where I was, what I was working on, what I was thinking about, and more often than not, what was responsible for my latest feelings of overwhelm or exhaustion. When I […]

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Writing About Perfectionism

The beginning of an interesting journey A few weeks ago, I was invited to co-author a new edition of a book on perfectionism. I was, at the time, talking with two other friends about doing a leadership book in the Win-Win series sometime this fall, and I was also looking over a collection of notes for a book […]

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Help Wanted: Perfectionism Book

We need your input Yesterday, I celebrated the first day of spring by signing a contract to co-author a third edition of Dr. Miriam Adderholdt’s book, Perfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good?  Today, we are looking for help building the content for this new project. (To clarify: We’re looking at the difference between perfectionism and a […]

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Hands too Sore to Type

Update, Feb. 3, 2013 Working on my site I’ve spent most of the past three days just adding pages to my site and I still have nearly 300 pages from the old site that haven’t been transferred yet. I somehow keep forgetting that the 700 pages or so that made up the last version of […]

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So You Want to Write a Book?

Tips for Would-Be Authors (and Speakers) This article is included in The Book of Article Reprints, written a few years ago after numerous requests for help from individuals who aspire to seeing their ideas in print. The following ideas are based on my own experiences and conversations with other authors. There are numerous books and articles […]

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What’s a Purchase Order?

Confessions of an Accidental C.E.O. The following article begins with what was originally written in 1991 as a chapter for Tricia Gallagher’s book, For All the Write Reasons: Forty Successful Authors, Publishers, Agents and Writers Tell You How to Get Your Book Published. I have followed this article with updates on what’s been happening in […]

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Picking up the Pieces

Reclaiming our essence “I can never read your writing.” “That was awful. Maybe you should leave the athletics to your sister.” “I can’t tell what this drawing is supposed to be.” “You’ll never be any good at…” Do any of these sound familiar? I know very few adults who grew up without at least some […]

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The Power of Discouragement

The impact of feedback on achievement Years ago working in Slovenia, I met an art teacher, Andrej Grošelj, who over the years, stayed in touch and became a friend until his recent and sudden death. With the help of Google’s Language Tools, I was able to translate email messages he occasionally sent in his native tongue. One […]

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Happy Holidays 2012

Greetings from Albuquerque, where it just got cold after an unusually warm fall and early winter. We hope that 2012 has been a good year for you. This year, we’re leaning toward a more eco-friendly approach to holiday connections, more electronic than paper and snail-mail. Competing projects were among the factors that made this a […]

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Whatever Happened to 21st Century Discipline?

How this title ceased to exist Here’s the story of what turned out to be the happy ending (and several years later, the closing of a long karmic circle) to a long and unsuccessful struggle to retain the rights to a book I wrote in the mid-80’s. This story starts on New Year’s day 2007 […]

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