It is hard to get the “right” right. (read more >>>)

by Dean Joyce Feucht-Haviar – It is hard to get the “right” right. It is easy enough to get started – usually step one is intending to do the right thing. After that, however, it seems to get complicated. One intends to – hopes to – make the right choices day-to-day so that one can make a positive difference for others and live up to one’s own ideals – be one’s best self. But, each day is filled with a seemingly endless number of choices about what to do and how to do it. In the end, there is no sure or easy path to getting “right” right.

Missing Wisdom (read more >>)

by Dean Joyce Feucht-Haviar on January, 2012 – I recall playing as a child under the tree with statues of the three Wise Men. I liked their camels. (My mother had to go looking for them after I took them off on new adventures around the house – it seemed to me that the wise would be inclined to be very adventurous.) Even more, I liked the idea that ancient knowledge led the Wise Men out into the world to follow a star. It seemed important that the wise of their day recognized and traveled far to be a part of the major events of the time.

Who Told You That You Can’t? (read more >>)

by Dean Joyce Feucht-Haviar on February, 2012 – Not long ago I was talking with a colleague about science education in the schools. He said that we need to do more to get younger students excited about science. I said, "No we don't." My colleague was somewhat surprised at my view. But, I said, we don't really need to get children excited about science; we just have to stop taking away their enthusiasm for it. I haven't encountered many young children who weren't full of curiosity about the world around them.

The Winding Path of Aspiration (read more >>)

by Dean Joyce Feucht-Haviar on March, 2012 – As I reflect upon it, there is only one person I know who took a direct path from what he said he wanted to do in high school to doing it (and continuing to do it to the present). He wanted to be an airline pilot. I thought his fear of heights might get in the way, but apparently not. He went on to college and then into the Air Force. Before long, he was Captain Kruse and has been flying ever since.