Author: Art Baird, Founder & Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

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Guest Post: Dealing with a Shrinking Ego

Author’s Bio: Ashley is a recent graduate from Rocklin High School and will be attending Oregon State University this Fall. Being a levelheaded student applying to a dozen schools, I knew there were inevitable rejections that would be sent my way. In February, after lots of mental pep talks and indulging in too many hot …

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“The Road Less Traveled”

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Life begins with a finite period of temporal existence baked into the cake. Somewhere between the innocence of our youth and the reality that balancing needs with wants is a tricky business, lies a narrowly defined period where any choice made can have a disproportionate (positive or negative effect)—exacerbated at times by the hand of …

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A Travel Guide

A Travel Guide The pressure is on to do what is right, not wrong. “It comes down to odds,” the pundits say. The law of averages will have their way. Much to our dismay, we give into everyone else’s sway. But, what exit should we take on life’s multi-exit highway? The vision becomes blurred, words …

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Knowledge Lives in the Now

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Past failure and success can no longer be experienced. Right now is where life happens. To fail or succeed are just two more concepts others like to hang around our necks. Then, as our life unfolds, we are shaped, corralled by the overuse, abuse …

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Learning with a Purpose

Let the semester unfold slowly–looking to make adjustments to your learning process–as your interactions with both the teacher and your other classmates set the tone for your learning experience. This is easier said than done, especially in the later years of one’s youth, when influence creep seems to be in full swing with the attendant …

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Thomas Jefferson for the Twenty-First Century American

Many years ago, in my role as a high school teacher of U.S. Government, I had the unique opportunity that allowed me to experiment–teach one and only one concept, one document to one group of kids for the entire school year. We studied the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson–attempting to understand and apply …

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From Reluctance, Blossoms an Impassioned Papa

All of the things I thought I would become, a father was never one. My marriage having failed in my early thirties, only helped to solidify the idea that fatherhood was for everyone else, but me. The last thing the world needed was for me to be in a position of influencing a member of …

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Stop, Smell the Roses and Improve Your View at the Same Time

Seek to grow each day, in a mildly different way, than what you observed about yourself the day before.  Stop what you’re doing, letting the mundane day-to-day come to a halt. Once the forward motion that stirred up so much commotion, day in and day out, also ceases, then you can get a glimpse into the …

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Embrace, Don’t Shun Worry and Stress; a Normal Part of Living

We spend our lives–first, learning and then, embracing–the idea that stress and worry should be avoided, denied, and minimized, but seldom understood. Art shares his view on worry and stress with a high school junior client and their family, as well as how one can work with stress and worry to become stronger, not weaker …