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5 Signs You're The Problem at Work

5 Signs You're The Problem at Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

One of the reasons launching a startup appeals to a lot of people is that being your own boss--and the boss of others--is a lot more appealing than than being an employee.

 

But just because you're the boss doesn't mean the problems go away. In fact, there seem to be more--clients, employees, investors, regulations--and sometimes, the biggest problem is you. Here are a few ways to tell if some of your so-called problems could easily be fixed by changing your behavior and attitude.


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As I read, I thought the points applied well to school. The managers I worked for did not want teachers to have opposing view. When I retired, I was told not to tell anyone. I told who I wanted to and my employer was one of the last to be told. There is a culture that insists on dependency in schools that is not healthy

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 16, 2014 5:10 AM

Face it, sometimes you're the cause of a lot of problems in your office.

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nice one

Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity
Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine, PhD I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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The very best philosophy books of 2017, as recommended by philosopher Nigel Warburton

The very best philosophy books of 2017, as recommended by philosopher Nigel Warburton | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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The topics are interesting i.e. Buddhism, Stoicism, misogny,  sports, etc.
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The Book James Baldwin Couldn’t Bring Himself to Write

The Book James Baldwin Couldn’t Bring Himself to Write | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
‘Remember This House’ was supposed to look at the legacy of great civil rights leaders, but it never saw the light of day

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Some things can be callenge us so much as to not be able to write about them.
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11 Things You Need to Quit Worrying About Right Now

11 Things You Need to Quit Worrying About Right Now | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Is that all it takes — caring really, really hard? Or is it working 70 hours a week to the exclusion of all other activities? Or is it working smarter, not harder,that really instigates great change…
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These make sense. At the core of the article is the need to focus on things that are attainable. It is great to want something, but is it achievable.
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40 Top Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Greater Determination and Perseverance

40 Top Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Greater Determination and Perseverance | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Looking for a burst of motivation when the going gets tough? These inspirational quotes will help you keep pursuing your dreams.

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There are good ones, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Vincent van Gogh, and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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The Trump administration embraces Ayn Rand's disdain for the masses | Opinion

The Trump administration embraces Ayn Rand's disdain for the masses | Opinion | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It's curious that liberals are branded as elitists when conservative Rand devotees see most common people as a drag on the "creators."

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Ayn Rand's philosophy reminded me of an old country song with the line: "he will take her and break her."
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Many conservative opponents scorn liberals for their ill-founded naïve optimism. For in Rand’s world there is no hope for the vast majority of mankind. She heaps scorn on the poor billions, whom “civilized men” are prodded to help. The best they can hope for is that they might be lucky enough to enjoy the riches produced by the real innovators, which might eventually trickle down to them in their misery. To the extent that Trump and his colleagues embrace Rand’s thought, they must share or approach some of her cynicism.

Firmin DeBrabander is Professor of Philosophy, Maryland Institute College of Art.

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How Breathing Calms Your Brain, And Other Science-Based Benefits Of Controlled Breathing

How Breathing Calms Your Brain, And Other Science-Based Benefits Of Controlled Breathing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The brain science of breathing is revealing much about how controlled breathing influences our emotions, regulates stress and anxiety levels, and affects other factors central to mental and physical health.
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Being mindful and aware of our breathing is helpful in many ways: calms us, regulates blood pressure, affects memory, may improve metabolism and improve immune system, etc.

It is interesting that mystics have understood this for centuries.
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Stop Setting Goals You Don’t Deeply Care About (Do Things You Can Sustain)

Stop Setting Goals You Don’t Deeply Care About (Do Things You Can Sustain) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing.” — Adolph Monod The other 8 percent are ordinary people with an extraordinary…
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Jim Collins called these goals Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG).

The article is filled with excellent thoughts about tapping into who we are and what we are called to do. For example, the ordinary is always embedded in the extraordinary. Are we mindful and attentive?
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The Cognitive Benefits of Gratitude – The Mission – Medium

The Cognitive Benefits of Gratitude – The Mission – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Be honest, I’m not here to judge you. The last time I complained was this morning. It’s easy to complain, and in some ways, it feels good to do. It’s a verbal expression of our slight discomfort, an…

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Being grateful benfits our well-being.
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Ian Berry's curator insight, November 18, 5:04 PM
I can personally vouch for this. 40 years ago I faced a life threatening illness. My doctor suggested "an attitude of gratitude" was a key to getting well. Not only was he right he was also right that such an attitude is key to living life.
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Leadership Is About Emotion

Leadership Is About Emotion | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet [...]
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Leading is about emotional intelligence, learning (and teaching), being open to changing context, letting go, being honest, showing kindness and respect, cooperating, and being a partner.
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How to Learn New Things as an Adult

How to Learn New Things as an Adult | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Teaching others is an effective way to learn something new. Talking about it would be another way.
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We Have a Crisis in Leadership

We Have a Crisis in Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Image courtesy of Pixabay Why is employee engagement at an all-time low? Why is turnover as high as it is? Why are employees constantly looking for better opportunities? When you think about those qu…

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We have had one for some time. We conflate leading and managing. We also have poor models of leadership i.e. bullies.
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Six Emotional Leadership Styles: Choosing the Right Style for the Situation

Six Emotional Leadership Styles: Choosing the Right Style for the Situation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Six different styles of leadership (Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Commanding, and Pacesetting) stem from emotional intelligence.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I think the styles (visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, commanding, and pacesetting) overlap and interact in fluid ways.

To educate and be a pedagogue is to lead and form relationships with those we teach and work with.
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The Emergence of Consensus: A Primer

The origin of population-scale coordination has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. Recently, game theory, evolutionary approaches and complex systems science have provided quantitative insights on the mechanisms of social consensus. However, the literature is vast and scattered widely across fields, making it hard for the single researcher to navigate it. This short review aims to provide a compact overview of the main dimensions over which the debate has unfolded and to discuss some representative examples. It focuses on those situations in which consensus emerges 'spontaneously' in absence of centralised institutions and covers topic that include the macroscopic consequences of the different microscopic rules of behavioural contagion, the role of social networks, and the mechanisms that prevent the formation of a consensus or alter it after it has emerged. Special attention is devoted to the recent wave of experiments on the emergence of consensus in social systems.

Via Samir, Complexity Digest, june holley
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There is a link to a PDF article.

The article explores how consensus arises when institutions are not involved.
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Six Rules for Writing Good Articles – The Mission – Medium

Six Rules for Writing Good Articles – The Mission – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There’s a lot of noise to compete against when writing on the internet. Anyone can write something, post it, and call it an article — in the information age, the definition of an article has become a…
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Draw your readers in and keep them reading.
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The One Key Trait that Einstein, da Vinci, and Steve Jobs Had in Common | Heleo

The One Key Trait that Einstein, da Vinci, and Steve Jobs Had in Common | Heleo | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
#1 bestselling authors Walter Isaacson and Adam Grant discuss what made history's famous geniuses so brilliant, and how we can follow in their footsteps.

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Essentially, they were square pegs who did not fit into round holes.
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This Company Democratically Elects Its CEO Every Single Year

This Company Democratically Elects Its CEO Every Single Year | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Learn about our visit to Swiss Bucket List company Haufe-Umantis. A truly democratic workplace that often experiments with radical ways of working.
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This is an interesting concept; one I might have gone by except for the reference to a book I read, Maverick by Ricardo Semler.

Semler uses 21 captioned cartoons for his company's (Semco) rules. I wonder if schools are open to this kind of thinking? I read about #innovation and #out-of-box-thinking. This qualifies.
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Margaret J. Wheatley | Who Do We Choose to Be?

Margaret J. Wheatley | Who Do We Choose to Be? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Margaret Wheatley is a good read with view of the world through (perhaps) an oversimplified view of complexity and chaos theories.
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Neuroscience Of Mindfulness: How To Make Your Mind Happy - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Neuroscience Of Mindfulness: How To Make Your Mind Happy - Barking Up The Wrong Tree | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Research shows mindfulness makes you happier. But nobody ever really explains how it works. Here's the neuroscience of mindfulness and how it can help you.
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It took some scrolling to get to a salient point for article. It is a quote from Sharon Salzberg. To paraphrase, mindfulness allows to decide whether we want to nourish this or let it go? It is not about eradicating thoughts. By being mindful we might become more thoughtful.
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How to Deal with Uncertainty – Pink Pinjra – Medium

How to Deal with Uncertainty – Pink Pinjra – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
While some openly voice it, others quietly internalize it, and try to make sense of it in their own way. Still many are unable to enjoy even the good times due to a prolonged feeling of uncertainty.…
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Uncertainty is needed for creativity. John Dewey, Alfred North Whitehead, and others have written about complexity and chaos. It is not a new concern. Accept we cannot control and that how we feel, good and bad, is fluid and fleeting.
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FAQs for Library Lovers: Snappy Answers for Grumpy Uncles and Other Haters

FAQs for Library Lovers: Snappy Answers for Grumpy Uncles and Other Haters | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Quick answers to common questions asked by those who doubt the value of libraries and librarianship.
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Although libraries may be different than they were 20 years ago and offer different services, they are still a place people gather. This is a nice Q and A article for those who doubt or are unsure of the benefits of libraries.
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Empathy Is Crucial To Any Personal/Professional Relationship -- How To Cultivate It via Storytelling

Empathy Is Crucial To Any Personal/Professional Relationship -- How To Cultivate It via Storytelling | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Empathy can make or break relationships. It is a skill, which can reap many benefits in both your personal life and work place. These 5 simple habits will help you to grow your empathy muscle.

Via Dr. Karen Dietz, Yashy Tohsaku, Bookmarking Librarian
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People relate to each other's stories, so it is essential to tell them.
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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 20, 1:47 PM

Did you know that there are 3 kinds of empathy? Yep.

  1. Cognitive
  2. Emotional
  3. Compassionate

 

This post explains all three. Plus the author shares recent research on the impact of empathy in business/leadership success. The author then gives 3 areas to focus on to build empathy:

  1. Be present
  2. Actively listen
  3. Put yourself in the other's shoes

 

The problem? These 3 areas are so general they are almost meaningless. So let's fix it. Want to build your empathy skills fast? Learning business storytelling skills is the most efficient + effective way to do so. Take action on these 3 storytelling practices:

  1. Start small and take your time. Share a personal experience with only 1 person present. Look into their eyes. Experience their reactions to your story. Experience what they like/what grabs them. Shift the story when you sense them drifting off. Learn what connects and what doesn't.
  2. Listen appreciatively. That's not listening actively, which includes paraphrasing what you heard. Don't interrupt. Just listen fully and delightedly without an agenda. Hard to do. Practice makes perfect. Clients who do this report entire worlds opening up to them. For more concrete steps, listen to my TEDx talk where I share exactly how to listen appreciatively.
  3. Listen to and share lots of stories. The more stories you listen to you stronger your empathy skills (backed by research). Sharing stories in return also builds empathy skills and deepens relationships. 'Gotta love that.

 

Try these and tell me how it goes. Questions? Comments? Send me a note.

 

This review was originally published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Just Story It curation: https://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Jose Luis Yañez's curator insight, November 22, 4:27 AM
Empathy Is Crucial To Any Personal/Professional Relationship -- How To Cultivate It via Storytelling
Ian Berry's curator insight, November 23, 4:41 PM
I think people relate most of all to stories the feel and see themselves in
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To Get More Creative, Become Less Judgemental – The Mission – Medium

To Get More Creative, Become Less Judgemental – The Mission – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The need to do more great work drives many creators. More quality and (or) quantity. Or both. Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives.
We have come this far because a few bold innovators and creators chose to create, build, make, do, or start something. In “Body of Work: Finding the Thread that Ties Your Career Together” author Pamela Slim says:
“We are made to create. We feel useful when we create. We release our ‘stuckness’ when we create. We reinvent our lives, tell new stories, and rebuild communities when we create. We reclaim our esteem, our muse, and our hope when we create.”
Prof. Dean Simonton, a psychologist who’s spent many years studying creative productivity, discovered two things about highly creative people.
They’re woefully bad at knowing when their own work is going to be a hit or a miss
Their capacity for productivity that makes them original, not their innate talent.
Simonton writes: “On average, creative geniuses aren’t qualitatively better in their fields than their peers, they simply produce a greater volume of work which gives them more variation and a higher chance of originality.”
Quantity lead you to quality.
But sometimes maximizing your creative output can be a struggle.

Via Jim Lerman
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We have a little voice iside each of us we need to silence to be more creative.
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For teens, a good mood depends on good sleep

For teens, a good mood depends on good sleep | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teens need eight to 10 hours of sleep at night to feel good and function well the next day, a new data show.
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A good night's sleep with screens turned off early is essential for students.
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How to Stay Focused When You’re Working from Home

How to Stay Focused When You’re Working from Home | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

No commute. No drive-by meetings. No dress code. Remote working can seem like a dream — until personal obligations get in the way. These distractions are easy to ignore in an office, but at home it can be difficult to draw the line between personal and professional time.

 

Consider when you’re working on a project and get a call from a friend. You know you need to finish your work, but you feel rude for not talking when you technically could. Or think about when you’re planning your daily to-do list, but also need to decide when you’ll squeeze in your personal commitments. Taking the time to put a few loads of laundry in the washer midday can seem like a quick task — until you find yourself making up that work time late at night. In the end, it’s never entirely clear when you’re really “on” or “off.”


Via The Learning Factor, Yashy Tohsaku
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This is of personal interest to me, as I do most of my work at home.
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Jerry Busone's curator insight, November 20, 7:24 AM

 few good tips for this home shored . I would add... build in a commute (even a walk to your office ) , get ready for work like to would if you drive to work.. keep office hours ... take logical breaks and walks ...Lunch etc... work from a task list.

Bryan Worn's curator insight, November 21, 5:08 AM

I am a recent 'work from home' person (when I am not out with clients) . This confirms what I found. Be clear whether you are working or not. Our spouses , partners and children need to know which mode we are in - So do we!

 

David Stapleton's curator insight, November 22, 4:10 PM
This is it if your reviewing at home
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Forget All the Writer Advice and Write Your Face Off. You’re Welcome.

Forget All the Writer Advice and Write Your Face Off. You’re Welcome. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Today is the eve of National Novel Writing Month. You in? Try it… if anything, it teaches you how to start and finish something, and working with deadlines. Let your imagination run wild like when…

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Penelope's curator insight, November 14, 10:22 PM
If you're inside the flurry of NaNoWriMo, you may need a pick-me-up about right now. I especially love this one:

Let your imagination run wild like when you we’re a child. Before the fear and uncertainty and paying the bills were a thing. Forget about all the adult stuff that sucked out the child inside and the awe and wonder!

And just write! 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

David Stapleton's curator insight, November 16, 7:36 PM
I agree write your face off enjoy your gift and let it explode