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Parenting in a Pandemic with Dr. Rebecca Branstetter

podcast Sep 02, 2020

School psychologist and conscious parenting author Dr. Rebecca Branstetter has some advice for you in today's podcast: You are not homeschooling your child. You are supporting your child with distance learning during a global pandemic. You are not working from home. You are working at your home during a global pandemic. This mindset shift (along with many others she offers in this interview)...

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A Bridge to America's Future

commusings Aug 31, 2020

In 1898, Nathan Kiva, a nineteen-year old boy from Odessa, left his shtetl and embarked on the harrowing voyage across the Atlantic. Two months later, tempest-tost, his ship pulled into New York harbor, America’s golden door. Upon arriving at Ellis Island, he queued up and, finally, the immigration official asked for his surname.

“Kiva,” he replied.

The administrator wrinkled...

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Guest Essay: Justin Michael Williams on Ending Racism

teacher wisdom Aug 28, 2020

This essay originally appeared at this link on justinmichaelwilliams.com. Thank you to Justin for allowing us to repost it on Commune — we love supporting the work you do.


Almost every piece of work or literature that I’ve read on racism is built on one assumption: that it cannot end. 

Or at best, that it will be a “lifelong fight.” That ending racism...

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Why Understanding Your Strengths is Critical for Business Success

teacher wisdom Aug 27, 2020
 
Teacher wisdom from Sophia Amoruso:

What role are you meant to play in your business?  

Understanding your strengths gives you this clarity. No one is great at everything, and it’s smart to admit this –and it's smart, too, to take a personal and professional inventory so you're setting yourself, your employees, and your business up for success. In this short...

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Real Talk with #GIRLBOSS Sophia Amoruso

podcast Aug 25, 2020

In her early 20’s Sophia Amoruso launched an eBay store selling vintage clothing. A few years later, Nasty Gal skyrocketed to $100 million in revenue and Sophia found herself (for better or worse) as an icon of female entrepreneurship. In this episode, Jeff and Sophia discuss the triumphs and travails of rising in the business world and how to avoid many of the pitfalls new business...

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From Straw to Steel

commusings Aug 22, 2020

I am facing the daunting task of setting up three daughters for successful distance learning. I keep reminding myself that there is no playbook for parenting during a pandemic. This helps assuage the guilt I feel for engaging in petty acts of bribery. We have resorted to cajoling our kids into engaging with Zoom lessons for interminable hours by adopting a range of lovable furry animals. This...

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Why Diversity Matters in the Foods We Eat

teacher wisdom Aug 20, 2020
 
Teacher wisdom from Jason Wrobel:

Most of us are creatures of habit, eating the same foods over and over again. 

Yet diversity matters in nutrition, even for those of us who think we already eat super healthy. 

Diversity is really important when it comes to your nutrition because having as many colors of food in each meal as possible (a.k.a "eating the rainbow" - and we don't...

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Faith, Love and Resilience with Sharon Salzberg

podcast Aug 19, 2020

Self-compassion is a muscle that we have to remind ourselves to flex, and Sharon Salzberg is one of the most experienced trainer for that exercise. In this episode, Jeff sits down with Sharon to discuss faith, resilience, joy, and community -- all in the face of great adversity.

Sharon's course on Commune, "Compassionate Resilience" is available FREE till August 21st. Learn more here: ...

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The Other Epidemic

commusings Aug 16, 2020

 

We’re late for soccer. It’s always the elusive shin guards, hunkered away in some shadowy corner. I suppose I, too, might sequester at the prospect of the flailing cleats and errant kicks of 10-year old girls.

Lolli sanctifies punctuality, an odd proclivity for a girl her age. Any remote intimation of tardiness plugs the chatterbox, that normally lives inside her head, into a...

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'Til Sex Do Us Part w/Schuyler Grant, Dave & Erin Kennedy

podcast Aug 14, 2020

The word “love” spurs a sense of excitement and wonder, while “commitment” feels weighted by social pressure, monogamy, and laundry lists. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this episode, Jeff and Schuyler muse about their 25th wedding anniversary and visit their friends Dave and Erin Kennedy, a polyamorous couple whose views on love, commitment, and sex offer...

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