Wisdom Road Day #33: Finding the Good

The things that break us are not the not the core stuff. It's the ancillary stuff. An order of Benedictine nuns came to Yankton, South Dakota in the 1880's and has been a mainstay of the town along the Missouri River ever since.  Today they share a campus with Mt. Marty University and the largest [...]

By | 2022-10-01T18:03:05+00:00 October 1st, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day 29: Small Town Struggles and Comforts

Were Muddy Mo’s a campus cafe there would be bad folk singers on a microphone late in the evening; and were it a bar it would be the kind with local brews on tap where everybody knows your name.  Instead it is a simple coffee shop in an old brick building on one of the [...]

By | 2022-09-29T00:44:24+00:00 September 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Edu-Stop on Wisdom Road; Must See School

About four years ago I visited and reported on the personalized learning in elementary and middle schools in Harrisburg (South Dakota) School District.  Since then I have pointed all of my school network colleagues to Harrisburg; if you want to see what a transformed school of today/future looks and works like, get on a plane [...]

By | 2022-09-24T14:44:29+00:00 September 24th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You Would Love South Dakota, Too

I live near San Diego where rain any more is as rare as Leap Days; a weather report of “partly cloudy and 25% chance of rain”means that all the prayers in the world won’t get those squalls to spin south below Los Angeles".  On the Dakota prairie, that same weather report means something else entirely.  [...]

By | 2022-09-22T16:59:31+00:00 September 22nd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day #24: Nearly 100 Years of Wisdom and Advice

Back then, you told your kids to take care of their health, your house and your food. That's the three things should be your most concern. Everything else should be secondary. Mary Thomsen is a spry 95, still working every day at the local Community Action center, mostly coordinating food and supply donations to those [...]

By | 2022-09-23T01:27:52+00:00 September 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day #18: Finding Common Ground

The Perino family have been ranching horses and cattle near Newcastle, Wyoming for several generations. I got to spend a couple of hours around the kitchen table with two of those generations, including an invitation to a wonderful lunch. I will report in more detail, but this was such a key takeaway: Patriarch Matt Perino [...]

By | 2022-09-15T20:02:37+00:00 September 15th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day 17: Moving Into Native Lands

I have walked many forest paths; until now perhaps the most viscerally mythical was the trail through moss-hung trees in central Nepal after which Tolkien modeled his Elfin Lothlorien.  A walk in the Paha Sapa, what most of us now call the Black Hills of South Dakota, rivals that.  The veil between what-was and what-is [...]

By | 2022-09-14T22:52:35+00:00 September 14th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments