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4 Reasons To Support An Excellent Art Education In Schools

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“the noblest art will be always pure experience…” ~ W.B. Yeats

I have two favorite artists. One is Vincent van Gogh and the other is Caleb Jensen, my son. I like the first for all the classical reasons and the second because of his personal approach.

Cutbacks have led to huge cuts in art education in schools, with many relying on volunteers or additional fundraising to support their programs while others have simply cut out art from the curriculum completely. Yet at a time when this is happening all around us, we at Six Seconds actively pursue a strong art curriculum for several reasons:

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6 Famous Failures and the Importance of Persistence

failure, persistence, anabel jensen, emotional intelligence

Both winners and losers have dreams. The difference that drives their opposing outcomes is that losers fantasize while winners are more pragmatic. Winners begin, do, finish. They are not defeated by adversity.

Steve Jobs, at 30, was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started.

Michael Jordan, after being cut from his high school basketball team went home, locked himself in his room, and cried.

Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as news anchor because she “wasn’t fit for television”.

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6 Strong Opinions About Reading Programs for Gifted Children

emotional intelligence, giftedness, gifted children, anabel jensen, gifted reading programs

I am a bookaholic.

I used to get very nervous and my anxiety level would rise when the number of books under my bed dropped below 25. (Now I get that feeling when the number of books in my iPad drops below 25.)

And what are those 25 titles?

A smattering of science-fiction fantasies, leadership training, biographies, psychology textbooks, historical romances, and, more recently, even business management texts. All stashed for easy retrieval.

What makes a bookaholic?

In my case, probably two major influences.

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87 Ways to Be Kind and Loving

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Sometimes it feels impossible to be kind and loving, don’t you think? We get so angry and frustrated at events happening in our lives that we cannot access that loving place inside of us. Instead, our eyes go from side to side as our fists clench and minds whirr with angry thoughts. Some of us even spew those thoughts out into the world with our talk and our actions.

Or sometimes we just don’t know what to do. We have a nagging feeling that we need to be doing something but we’re just not sure what.

When this happens, I always like to sit down and take a moment to reflect.

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6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Change The World

Anyone can change the world but few do so. At Synapse School, our Six Seconds lab school, it is our mission to create those who do, the change makers of our world. This guiding principle strikes at the heart of everything we do there and with the work of Six Seconds. I would like to share with you six basic tenets I think all change makers, young or old, need to have in order to make a real difference in this world. They aren’t ground-breaking or difficult, yet they are rare.

Key Concept #1:  Only change yourself.

While it is tantalizing to want to fix boyfriends, husbands, children, brothers, and sisters—let me assure you from research, from personal knowledge, and experience, you cannot.

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3 Behaviors of Young Children Every Loving Adult Must Watch Out For

I ran away from school! Not recently – when I was six. 🙂

I was in first grade and the teacher told me that she was going to keep me after school. It was the first time in my school career I was going to face a detention.

It wouldn’t have been so awful had it not been for Shirley. I looked upon her as an older woman of great experience. I hung on to her every word. After all, she was in fourth grade.


One day before the start of school, she had taken me aside and given me some very sage advice.

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5 Things I Have in Common with Goldie Hawn

I had dinner with Goldie Hawn recently. It’s true! 🙂

Goldie was in town for a dinner to raise funds for The Hawn Foundation, the organization she set up ten years ago dedicated to providing children with the social and emotional skills they need to live smarter, happier, healthier lives.

In particular, she was promoting their signature MindUP Curriculum–lessons that foster self-awareness, focused attention, and emotion-regulation as well as the necessary social and emotional learning necessary for academic success.

The event was held at the Park Tavern Restaurant in historic North Beach on Washington Park Square in San Francisco.

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How to Use Charms to Build, Bond, Create, Stimulate

Interested in what your daughter thinks about her boyfriend? Wonder how your son feels about his math teacher? What question do you want to ask your children but are not sure about how to go about it?

I love charms and about two years ago, Josh Freedman and I thought it would be fun to have a bag of them that could be used to discover what family members were thinking? Or perhaps, something the kids could play with at the airport and create stories? So we created the Emoticons – a bag of approximately twenty charms, including such items as:

• Butterfly
• Tape measure

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Are American Parents That Good At Bad Parenting? You Decide

Last week I read an article in the Wall Street Journal that headlined, ‘Why French Parents Are Superior’ written by author of ‘Bringing Up Bebe,’ American Pamela Druckerman.

Funnily enough, almost exactly a year ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article headlined, ‘Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior’ written by Amy Chua, author of the explosive ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.’

(Something tells me the WSJ is trying to save money on employing headline writers and recycling previously successful headlines they know will rile the American public into an indignant frenzy. :-))

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Have Empathy And Honesty Gone Down The Drain?

I heard a tale recently that appalled and fascinated me at the same time.

The tale was told to me as a funny story, a hilarious situation. But I was more circumspect.

A girl, about eight or nine, had been out with her sister, parents and grandparents. While she was out, she’d visited a public bathroom. As she went to wash her hands, she found a significant amount of money – apparently around  $70 – left on the sink by the tap.

The child picked the money up and took it back to her parents who were surprised and delighted at her find. She got to keep the money.

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