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A Thousand Splendid Suns at ACT: Gripping Drama Burdened by an Overload of Detail

Leo Stutzin | Posted 02.13.2017 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

A proposal of marriage in desperate times: Rasheed (Haysam Kadri) and Laila (Nadine Malouf); his first wife, Mariam (Kate Rigg) watches. Photos by Ke...

College Highlights for 2016, Predictions for 2017

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.21.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

There are two great parts to the last day of school before December Break. The first one is the student who has the poise to wear fake reindeer antler...

Stoppard's The Hard Problem at ACT: A High-Energy Exploration of Philosophical Ideas and Conflicts

Leo Stutzin | Posted 10.30.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Hilary (Brenda Meaney) and Spike (Dan Clegg): What's on their minds? God and math. Photos by Kevin Berne Can everything in human life, or in exist...

How To Deal With Your Whole Lotta Nothing

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 10.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Deirdre Maloney

So embrace the intermission as best you can. Use it. Know that the new act will begin. Get yourself ready.

When Life Laughs At Your Best Laid Plans

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

This month found me exploring the country of Japan for the first time. Those of you who know me won't be surprised to learn that I did a whole lot ...

ACT's King Charles III: A Brilliant 'Future History' of Britain, in a Less-Than-Affecting Production

Leo Stutzin | Posted 09.23.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Photos by Kevin Berne Prince William (Christopher McLinden) speaks to reporters, watched by wife Kate (Allison Jean White) and King Charles III (Robe...

The Boomerang Effect

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.19.2016 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

A recent work trip found me networking with two women I hadn't met before. It didn't take long before I noticed a pattern pop up. Let's see if you catch it.

For A Better Future... Detach From The Past

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 08.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Remind yourself that life choices are different for different people at different times in their lives. That other people's beliefs might not always apply.

Meet Laya DeLeon Hayes, Voice of Doc McStuffins

Amanda Gorman | Posted 08.12.2016 | Black Voices
Amanda Gorman

This July parents stormed social media with the #savedocmcstuffins tag when it appeared that Doc McStuffins, the hit animated series about a black gir...

How To Actually Do The Thing That Scares The Bejesus Out Of You

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

So those of you who regularly read this blog will know that I can be a bit of a joke-cracker. It seems there are some days when I can't get a sentenc...

College Readiness Checklist Fails to Make the Grade

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.01.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

While we've been away this summer, the School Superintendent's Association (AASA) has released a series of National College and Career Readiness Indic...

The Three Letters That Change Everything

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

See what happened there? Those three simple letters changed everything. All of a sudden it wasn't that I couldn't do something...but that I couldn't do it at this moment. And, if I wanted to, I could do it in the future.

Reframing Forgiveness

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can't force someone to forgive. Therefore, the road to forgiveness may also involve understanding the person who has harmed us. This requires starting off on a journey that may entail a close examination of the person we need to forgive. The journey can be long and torturous.

The Happiness Ratio

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Deirdre Maloney

I recently found myself chatting with a woman I hadn't met before. She was working a whole lot of hours. She had several kids. She didn't sleep much. ...

Part 2: College Admissions Focus - Harvard University

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.29.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Harvard University has long stood on a pedestal as one of the nation's oldest and most revered colleges. It has become exponentially difficult to get ...

Why It's Time To Give Up The Thing You Never Had In The First Place

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

I recently found myself observing a little girl as she attempted to build a sandcastle. Before long, her Dad came by to give her a hand. Then, slowly...

A Word of Advice to School Counselors and College Counselors. Relax.

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.08.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's easy to understand why some school counselors are nervous about next year. SAT changes, a new multi-school college application, and major change...

Chester Bailey in ACT's Strand: A Compelling Exploration of Illusion, Reality and a Resilient Mind

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.06.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Personal narratives: David Strathairn is a doctor, Dan Clegg his patient Photos by Kevin Berne Two exceptional actors, two compelling characters, ...

College Counseling: Public vs. Private School - Which One Is Right For Me?

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.02.2016 | College
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Ishan Puri

Students change, so colleges are instead looking for dynamic individuals that are open-minded, capable of learning, and able to contribute back to their community. These traits can be show at either a private or public school.

College Testing Wars are Building. How Can Students Find Peace?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.17.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It was supposed to be a quiet week in college admissions, but a story was rumbling beneath the typical spring headlines of "Colleges Receive Record Apps" last week that, if left unchecked, could trash the serene summer of many a rising senior--and it all has to do with guessing.

The No. 1 Way to Get What You Want

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

To again be clear, there's nothing high-and-mighty about any of this. People don't give me what I want because they think I'm all that. People give me what I want because I ask for it. Stay with me. This isn't as obvious as this sounds.

Digging Out of the Talking Trap

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

I fell into a trap recently. A talking-trap. A guy-who-wouldn't-stop-talking-to-me-no-matter-what-I-did trap. It happened while Hubbie and I were vaca...

The Double Vision of Blind Faith

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead ...

How Early Should Parents Be Preparing Their Kids for Standardized Testing?

Ryan Hickey | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Ryan Hickey

Despite the increasing number of colleges and universities that either do not require standardized test scores or make them optional for applicants, t...

Thousands Refuse Common Core Testing, Calls for National Opt-Out and Washington March

Alan Singer | Posted 04.07.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State began 2016 Common Core aligned English-Language Arts testing on April 5. On Long Island, a major opt-out center, thousands of students ...