Fostering Personal Accountability in Children – Soft Skills

* * * If we don’t channel children’s energies into productive arenas, we can’t expect to create very many brilliant minds for the future. Children these days have no lack of confidence about the things they know AND don’t know. But, if we want to raise emerging leaders, we need

Haunted and Helpless – A journey in Autism

* * * 6 years old, tall, skinny and handsome, and yet, Arjun can be a monster. The world has to know what happens in the lives of people who care for him. So, Hema began shooting a video of him in the van. She didn’t care that her van

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

* * * There’s heaven on earth in a place called the Island of Women, Isla Mujeres.  * * * *

An antidote to self loathing

* * * Imagine you’re trapped inside a burning building and the heat from the engulfing fire is almost killing you. But, you’ve an opportunity to save just one person. Who will it be? If you answered your 85 year old next door neighbor, it’s official, you’re a saint. You’ll

How to meditate

* * * 1. Create a sacred bubble in your house. It can be a small mat or rug on which you can sit comfortably. Pick a favorite thing to give you company. It can be a pillow, a trinket or even a book. Now you have created a shell

Holiday Season in Atlanta

* * * Love. Love the one that’s in the mirror, love the one you met just today. Love every person that has lived before, is traveling with you, whom you have heard about and even whom you have never met. Aggregate all your grace and gratitude and spread it

Digital Revolution in the 2010 Decade

* * * In late 2014, when some counties in Georgia claiming to be “early adapters of technology” started the “BYOD – Bring your own device” program in their schools, it gave me a pit in my stomach. Children were welcome to bring their own iPads and tablets to learn

How to practice Digital minimalism

* * * Continued from Part I: Hurtling towards a digital derailment. * What we’re actually doing is creating an entire generation of mini little addicts that are getting hardwired to believe that their sense of self worth and their sense of coping comes from a device and not from another

How to read a painting

* * * * Walk up to the wall to a meeting place between the brush and the canvas. Wait for the art to show you a million muses that accompany it. Surrender yourself to its transformational power to change the way you feel.    A good piece of art

Hurtling towards a Digital Derailment

* * * Facebook literally changes your relationship with society, with each other. It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains. It’s a social-validation feedback loop… exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with,

The Inbox Zero Hero

* * * Barring the phone, 4 year old Mira did not have to compete much with her brother for her father’s attention. 6 year old Rohan had his own iPad that he kept busy with.  “Daddy, daddy, look, I am so sassy!! I am dancing, see? Daddy!” Mira screamed

The Anonymous Manifesto™ – Ep. 38 – The tigers in the midst of us

* * * SS, in her 50’s from Aurangabad, India, never went to school for a medical degree. Yet, a few years ago, she managed to deliver a baby girl in the middle of the night in a moving train. Last month, when we found ourselves face to face for

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