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Your meeting or workshop begins with a set of norms? Be afraid.

It’s become quite popular for meeting facilitators, presenters, professional development administrators, and the like to begin their meetings, workshops, and sessions with these two elements: Norms Goals Neither one of these elements inspire me with confidence. I’ll address the establishment of goals tomorrow, but today, allow me to deal with the insidious rise of norms,…

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Eyes wide open

These are long, hard days for so many of us. May I suggest that you pay close attention to the moments of beauty and joy in your life right now and hold onto them with everything you’ve got? Admittedly, I’m blessed with two hilarious and delightful children and a wife who I want to spend…

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Resolution update: March 2020

PERSONAL FITNESS 1. Don’t die. This goal is more precarious now than ever before. But in response, we are now living in near-quarantine. On the rare occasion when I purchase food from the store, we place it in the garage for 3-5 days before washing and moving into the house, and I am nearly robotic…

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This is what a book should look like

In case you weren’t sure, authors actually love it when you deface their books like this reader has done to mine. Unless you’ve borrowed the book from a library or a friend, the book is yours. Do with as you please! Maybe not burn it, but even then, if an author has enraged you to…

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The world looks very different atop a bike

About a month ago, I stopped going to the gym. Even before the gym was closed because of the pandemic, Elysha asked me to stop going, and I knew she was right. I thought this would mean that I’d need to begin running again, which is not something I enjoy doing. My knee eventually starts…

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How “The Goonies” altered my view on life forever

If you’re old enough, you remember the video stories of more than a decade ago. Many of us spent hours inside those stores, staring first at VHS boxes and then the DVD cases that lined the walls, looking for a film to brighten our television screens for a couple hours, and perhaps our lives, too.…

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The Four Best Gifts

I celebrated my birthday last month. It feels like one thousand years ago given the current state of the world. I can be a difficult person when it comes to presents. I am much more interested in eliminating things from my life than adding to it. The accumulation of stuff does not interest me. In…

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Speak Up Storytelling: Tom Moore

On episode #91 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha and I talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we congratulate listeners on their new baby! We also launch our Patreon campaign, announce an upcoming virtual storytelling workshop and solo show, and a weekly free storytelling workshop for kids on Facebook Live and YouTube. STORYTELLING…

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Let us never forget how we arrived at this moment

One month ago today, against the advice and counsel of scientists, doctors, and public policy experts, Trump said, “When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.” As of this morning, the United States has…

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The Office brings me light on dark days

I’m a very fortunate person. I’m married to a clever, funny, beautiful woman. We have two uncharacteristically well-behaved children. I have a remarkable group of friends. I’ve been teaching elementary school for 21 years in the same great school, and in the same classroom for almost all of that time. I’ve also been fortunate enough…

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