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Mary Catherine Bateson on the “Age of Active Wisdom”

You can hear Mary Catherine Bateson and I  speak about her latest book: Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom       HERE. It may seem counter-intuitive to speak about the later stages of life on a

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Posted in Aging, Commentary, Grandparents, Interview, Parents, Stereotypes

Richard Lewis on Seeing Children

Richard Lewis understands how to see children, to come under the influence of a focused attention with  them so that he can facilitate the journey into their own imaginations and develop their own voices.He also knows the results of the

Posted in imagination, Interview, poetry

Peggy Orenstein: What was (and was not) in “Cinderella Ate My Daughter”

Peggy Orenstein is gracious and open. In this transcript of my interview with her in late January, you’ll see that she does not stand above the fray. As a parent of a young child herself, she knows the pressures that

Posted in Alternative Stories, Interview

Rachel Prabhakar: Perpective from a Jewish-Hindu household

Here’s another story of a family where there are intentional alternatives to the popular culture.  The world is not “media-saturated” for these children.  In fact, Rachel Prabhakar , who lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters, ages 

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Posted in Alternative Stories, Interview

Ozlem Parlak, Muslim parent

This interview is among those I’ve recorded that are categorized as “alternative stories,” meaning stories of families who have found ways to side-step popular culture, at least in their homes.  We need these stories to offset the narrative of the

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Posted in Alternative Stories, Interview

Lance Strate, Executive Director of Institute of General Semantics

The appreciation and sharing of the stories of the community gives a powerful alternative to a forceful popular culture.

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Posted in Interview

Alan Berger, Owner and Director, Peace Through Play Nursery School

Where do we begin as humans? Right here in early childhood – giving children the beauty that is their birthright.

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Posted in Interview