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A Troupe of Very Determined Ground Squirrels When I started gardening, I wasn't expecting to learn about resilience, hope, and how to fight for democracy. As a graduate student I spent the majority of my time behind a computer screen or with a…
To Each Their Own Journey By Rajvi Khanjan for KidSpirit's Fulfillment Issue "A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms." — Zen proverb I remember the first day of ballet very c…
The Benefits of Inspiration In a well-done and needed essay in The Aspen Journal of Ideas, Scott Barry Kaufman, the Scientific Director of the Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsy…
E Is for Enthusiasm “Enthusiasm means ‘one with the energy of God.’ It derives from root words pointing to be inspired and possessed by the Divine. There is something awesome about this spiritual quality. They…
Hurray for the Average Child * Let's hear it for the "average" child who receives no special award on honors day: the one who stares out the window in geometry class and dreams of faraway places, having mastered the art of reveri…
Basketball Democracy I have the great privilege of working with a group of kids at the church where I serve. The group is diverse: Every week we have kids of different ages, races, genders, and economic class background…
Dealing with Both Sides of Boredom Boredom is like a fog that periodically moves in and drenches everything with a mist; it becomes hard to see clearly. Sam Keen calls boredom "the common cold of the psyche" whereas many psychologist…
Tell Me Your World: Why Are Humans Drawn to Stories? By Abraham Weitzman for Kidspirit's Storytelling and Narative Issue. I have one grandparent, my Papa Dan. He tells my family stories all the time. Most of his stories come from his decades of …
The Absence Beneath My Skis By Olivia Bailey in the KidSpirit Resilience issue. "It’s no use to go back to yesterday because I was a different person then." — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland The entranc…
The Universal Reach of Character Development KIP charter schools are offering teachers, children, and parents pragmatic and adventuresome ways to talk about and develop character. Their approach is based on the research of Dr. Martin Seligman …