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Authenticity

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 7:15am

I don’t even want to know someone who isn’t barely hanging on by a thread.

-Amy Schumer, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (2016)

 

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Daily Tanka: Construction Season II

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:00pm

Construction Season II
Without the chatter
Of the strolling customers,
Campus resounds with
The cheerfully annoying
Chirps of trucks going backwards 

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Service

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:14pm

The second time [Golden State Warriors coach Steve] Kerr and I talked happened to be roughly the day his symptoms — which include headaches and neck pain — began worsening. Yet, being Kerr, he still ran practice that morning and showed for our lunch interview.

As we walked through downtown Oakland, a disheveled man across the street hollered, Steeeeve! Kerr said what he would say later to the hotel security guard and a street vendor: “Hey, man. What’s going on?”

The man hurried over, holding a battered piece of artwork, and related a tale of temporary homelessness, a run-in with the police. Kerr listened, nodding and asking questions — “Did you paint that? It’s cool.” Then he said, “Good luck to you,” and handed the man $20 for art supplies.

Later, at lunch, Kerry said, “Think about the life that guy’s had, you know?” For Kerr, seeing the big picture is paramount. “[Some people] are just so tunnel vision all the time and ‘I’m going to succeed and kick ass in life,’ and they just trample over everyone. The people to me who are the most powerful leaders are the ones who have great talent in whatever their field is, great conviction in their ability to teach it and act it, but an awareness and a humility and compassion for others.

-Chris Ballard, “No Coach, No Problem,” Sports Illustrated, 5-29-2017

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Seating of new members pushes Charter Commission chair out

Northfield News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:30pm
Final score: two Charter Commission members in, one out.
Categories: Local News

New legislation to make teacher licensing more flexible, potentially less demanding

Northfield News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:30pm
New licensing requirements for Minnesota teachers to take effect next summer are set to put more control in the hands of school districts.
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Humor

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:42am

I’ll tell you what class is. When you step out of the shower to take a leak — that’s class.

-Rodney Dangerfield

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Daily Tanka: Construction Season I

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 9:50pm

Construction Season
The school year over,
Orange safety fencing now walls
The vacant sidewalks
And construction vehicles
Invade the empty green quads

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Self

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:44am

In trying to please other people, we find ourselves misdirected toward what lies outside our sphere of influence. In doing so we lose our hold on our life’s purpose.

Content yourself with being a love of wisdom, a seeker of truth. Return and return again to what is essential and worthy.

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

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Daily Tanka: No Email

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:40pm

No Email
If I receive no
Email all day, have I worked?
I’ve checked off many
To-dos, so I think I’ll keep
My knowledge-worker license

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Failure

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 6:14pm

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.

-Salvador Dali

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Failure

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 2:12pm

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.

-Bruce Lee

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Failure

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 8:09am

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

-Mary Tyler Moore

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Self

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 5:36am

Spiritual progress requires us to highlight what is essential and to disregard everything else as trivial pursuits unworthy of our attention. Moreover, it is actually a good thing to be thought foolish and simple with regard to matters that don’t concern us. Don’t be concerned with other’s people’s impressions of you. They are dazzled and deluded by appearances. Stick with your purpose. This alone will strengthen your will and give your life coherence.

Refrain from trying to win other people’s approval and admiration. You are taking a higher road. Don’t long for others to see you as sophisticated, unique, or wise. In fact, be suspicious if you appear to others as someone special. Be on your guard against a false sense of self-importance.

Keeping your will in harmony with truth and concerning yourself with what is beyond your control are mutually exclusive. While you are absorbed in one, you will neglect the other.

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

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