Jean-Henry Fabre, a French Naturalist and father of modern of entomology, was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in literature for his works on insect life. One of his most famous experiments was with Pine Processionary Caterpillars.   These caterpillars are named for their instinct to follow each other in processions. These spectacular processions can…

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Several years ago, Anne and I were in Rockledge, Florida, visiting one of our sons and his family. One afternoon we went to a local park where we launched rockets, ate a picnic lunch, played soccer, and threw a football around. As I sat on a bench, watching the kids play, and meditating, I looked…

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I am embarrassed about my role in this story but share it as part of our learning to fail forward together journey.   Did you read that first line twice?   I hope so and thank you.   I believe it’s important to share stories like the one that follows, especially with our families so…

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Did you have a favorite teacher? Miss Mills, my fourth-grade teacher, was mine. It was her first-year teaching, and she had plenty of challenges with our class (though probably not that much different from other first-year teachers). Of course, the fact that she was young, attractive, and athletic didn’t hurt her chances of success (at…

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Mrs. Bouck, my fifth-grade teacher, had a profound and positive impact on me, even though many of her teaching techniques would no doubt be unacceptable today. In fact, if she were one of my grandkids’ teacher, I’m certain I would be leery if she was still using some of her same approaches. However, my grandkids…

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I once read that washing clothes is as easy as taking them off, throwing them on the floor, waiting a few days for mom to pick them up, then tossing them into a machine, and remembering to push a couple of buttons. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of doing the family laundry.   For thousands…

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In the spring of 2017, I traveled to Bamako, the capitol of Mali, Africa with my grandson, Calvert, to visit my son and his dad, Lt. Col. Paul Cazier. Paul was stationed in the US Embassy as the military attaché and was the highest-ranking US military officer in Mali. Mali is a land-locked country in…

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