Scones, Happiness and School Choice

Recently, I’ve been struggling with blueberry scones.

I know scones aren’t everybody’s thing. As breakfast breads go many prefer the light flakiness of a croissant, or that creamy, sugar of a donut. In a pinch, there’s that old standby toast and a little butter… maybe some jelly too.

A scone however, is not everyone’s “cup of tea”.

First, it is a dense bread. It is not a light little snack, it can top even the heavy, boiled dough of many bagels for sheer wheat per square inch.

Second, it is a risky food. A scone can go dangerously wrong. A scone walks a fine line between wonderfully chewy and inedible, chalky nightmare.

This all leads to a consistent conclusion for those of us who consider ourselves fans of un-yeasted quick bread: When you find a scone you like, stick to it.

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Killing Creativity

Ken Robinson (English author and expert on arts education) speaking on the underlying requirements for creativity during a recent TED Talk:


I heard a great story recently of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson…

She was 6 and she was in the back drawing and the teacher said this little girl hardly ever paid attention and in this drawing lesson she did.And the teacher was fascinated so she went over to her and she said, “What are you drawing?”

And the girl said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.”

And the teacher said, “But nobody knows what God looks like.”

And the girl said, “They will in a minute.”

(Pauuuuuuse for laughter)

… Kids will take a chance. If they don’t know, they’ll have a go… They’re not frightened of being wrong.

Now I don’t mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative but what we do know is, if you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original.


If you don’t understand how profound that idea is; don’t know how many of us are so terrified of being “wrong” we opt ourselves out of any original thought; don’t see how often our society mocks the experimenters, the dissenters, the questioners, the “heretics”, the entrepreneurs, the explorers… then I suggest you re-read this quote in your best British headmaster accent and try to grasp this concept.

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Fifty Is The New Zero In TUSD

First published on the Wake Up Tucson Blog:

One of my father’s favorite quotes is from Woody Allen. I’ve heard it a couple ways but he always related it as “90% of life is just showing up.”

The older I’ve gotten the more I have come to find this an astoundingly important and fascinating insight. It (rather unexpectedly) says that doing the minimum or close to it is really a big deal in most of life.

In my firm I write insurance contracts for clients. What my client is looking for, and what they will pay me to do, is fill out forms and file them with insurance companies. There is a lot more that we do in addition to this, policy reviews, competitive bidding to ensure the best price, custom marketing, employee services, etc. But at the end of the day, the client (AT MINIMUM) just needs that paperwork done.

The flip side though, is I get NO credit, NO payment, if I fill out the application to 10%, 30%, 50%, etc. If that minimum standard is not met, I get ZERO credit.

For my job, Woody’s adage certainly applies. 90% of what I do is meeting that minimum effort requirement. Everything above that is icing, but anything below that is worth nothing, nada, zip, zilch.

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