Six Weeks on the Road: 3 + 1 Takeaways from Costa Rica

October 8, 2017

Fact: October is rainy season for Costa Rica. And the reality matched the forecast. What did occur were winds and rains of what is growing to be Hurricane Nate. When up on a hilltop in San José for a divine dinner, the view was spectacular of the city lights below, until clouds and storming blocked the view […]

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Let’s Recap – Spring 2017

June 27, 2017

This has been a wonderful academic year. However, I have been sparse on the blogging front. I do enjoy blogging, especially that moment when an idea or an imperative for me to write presents. Then I write. Amid all the current work — and I am immersed in curriculum and program writing and development — […]

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UPdate and Opportunities from Cathy

March 12, 2017

Greetings all, Hoping this brief UPdate finds you all well and heading into a wonderful Spring. This has been an active year. Always grateful for the many people I have met in workshops, institutes and conferences – most recently (since January 1) – in Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, Chicago, New York City, Greensboro, New Paltz (NY), […]

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The Work of the World: On the Road

November 14, 2016

The work of the world . . . Grateful for the work I have been immersed in so a bit of what I have been up to over the last few weeks – with highlights. Adding many miles and more to go! Do see at the end what inspired this title. NYC: Youth Leadership Councils […]

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Is Democracy Convenient?

October 30, 2016

I keep running a TV clip in my mind. A reporter is in NYC asking a woman if she plans to vote. In what sounds to me like an irate tone she replies, “Only if it’s convenient.” When did protecting our democracy become “convenient”? In school, I learned about the founding of the country and […]

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The Ability to Protest

August 30, 2016

Three recent ongoing events have captured my attention. The Ethiopian marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa’s protest during the summer Olympic games, the protest led by Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and NFL player Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem. These all connect to the 1964 World’s Fair in held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, […]

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A New School Year Boost–Engaging Teaching

August 24, 2016

Last November, I led day workshop for the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network. We had about 140 attendees, from kindergarten to higher ed, and the day was lively and productive. With a variety of engaging experiences to build the skills for leading service learning with students, I also modeled “engaging teaching strategies” throughout. And I […]

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Clarify Terms, please!

August 24, 2016

Email received with this question: “I would really appreciate if you can share me the difference between terms such as volunteer, community service, service learning.” These answers are broad strokes intended to open the dialogue. In society in general the role of the volunteer is quite important — providing much needed assistance in ways that are not being […]

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Questions Asked and Answered: Ideas for Growing Service Learning

August 18, 2016

On August 9-10, 2016, I returned to the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network to lead an advanced service learning day of interactions and ideas with a K-12 focus. However, as always, the clock arrived at 3:30 with more to cover and more questions. As a follow-up, I offer this response to four important questions. If these questions […]

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Going Blue and Make a Splash – Leader Guides FREE to Download

June 21, 2016

Water, water everywhere – or is it? Where I live in California, we are experiencing a severe  drought. In other places water has been polluted with astounding amounts of trash. Dead zones increase in all parts of the world. Let’s learn more and take action! Two exceptional resources, both books coauthored by myself and environmental […]

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