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The Organized Student by Donna Goldberg and Jennifer Zwiebel provides open-eyed, compassionate, practical advice for kids and parents who've hit the limits of their patience, energy and resources around challenges of staying prepared for academic efforts. The authors are unconcerned with the "why...
08/16/2022
I have a thing for old travel trunks and vintage luggage. Brand-new storage with a travel theme or vintage look triumphs over uninspired, unremarkable items every time. Folding blankets this morning, I realized that I have an appropriate number of blankets, pillows and comforters for my needs and...
08/14/2022
Toby Falconer, founder of The Open Fort, wants people, even complete strangers, to connect. He is, among other things, an advocate of placemaking, a movement to make public spaces welcoming, comfortable, inspiring places which are permanently attractive (this definition is ENTIRELY mine, translat...
08/10/2022
NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) Seattle Area Chapter has an extensive lending library. It lives under my bed. Inconvenient, you might say. Unless you're me, a data geek who can't get enough to read. First dibs on donations from colleagues! And thus I just ...
08/09/2022
Oh, the Books We'll Write (and I, miserably, put my own ambitions on hold when COVID hit) is a running list of books I keep, stuffed in a blog post, about the specialized books my colleagues have written. So not general tips, but, for example, how to help musicians in particular. Just found anoth...
07/30/2022
Uh huh, I did it again. Earned a fifth Level II Specialist Certificate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Time Management and Productivity this time. And WOW, the books were AMAZING. Expect to see reviews of all of them in the coming weeks: Daniel Levitin's The Organized Mind, Ja...
07/22/2022
How Play Can Save The World - Jeff Harry & Lauren Yee chatted with Alyea Sandovar during the 2021 Playful Creative Summit with a goal to provide tools to heal personal and professional relationships. They caution, as Douwe van der Werf cautioned, it's not easy - the foundation to healing can ofte...
07/20/2022
Stories are what people use to organize themselves and their societies. That's the stunning argument in Douwe van der Werf's 2021 Playful Creative Summit conversation, The Power of Stories for Change, with David Chislett. Religious texts are an example of how humans attempt to explain their lives...
07/13/2022
Ceci Garrett is a phenomenal resource for people seeking therapeutic support around hoarding challenges. She is the adult daughter of a person with hoarding disorder, who courageously teaches about that experience, including to a Tedx audience. Even more extraordinary, Ceci's journey as a person ...
07/11/2022
Bruno Setola, in discussing Game Thinking: How to Apply Game Mechanics to Engage People with Alyea Sandovar for their 2021 Playful Creative Summit conversation, simplified a lot of complex, difficult concepts so "non-players" can use them. I hope I'm translating accurately. He defines "game mecha...
07/06/2022