What a Hurricane Taught Me about Listening and Leadership

Thirty-five years ago, the news director at WJLA-TV in Washington, DC told me I was headed to Virginia with one of our most-seasoned reporters, Jim Clarke, to cover Hurricane Gloria. He was an amazing reporter and a great teacher. He died in 2009. Here's a brief blurb from the Washington Post. Jim Clarke, an Emmy … Continue reading What a Hurricane Taught Me about Listening and Leadership

Who Will Make the Profound Changes Needed in Public Education?

Ask anyone who knows me well, I am not rabidly invested in sports, despite having attended both the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland-College Park. Don't get me wrong, I will root for Carolina basketball, especially when the foes are Dook, UVa, Syracuse and NC State; but that's because I have … Continue reading Who Will Make the Profound Changes Needed in Public Education?

Where Did the Caterpillars Go?

Yes, my learning about monarch caterpillars continues. This has definitely been a learn-on-the-fly (or learn-on-the-butterfly?) adventure. Clearly I knew very little about monarchs as I happily planted milkweed in my yard this summer. Each morning I have checked on my caterpillars after turning on the sprinkler for my newly installed sod. Slowly over the last … Continue reading Where Did the Caterpillars Go?