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#SmlBizLyf – A Lesson in Learning From Failure

On the Suite Talk podcast, I often ask guests what’s one lesson they’re glad to have learned early in life. The responses are drawn equally from positive and negative experiences and result in strengthened fortitude, resilience, discernment, patience, a better understanding of limitations or willingness to seek advice. For me, learning from failure has been an important, and sometimes reoccurring, lesson.

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Thoughts on America, on this day

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Photo by Edewaa Fosterhttp://iipixphotography.com

My oldest son, Middleton, was born on July 4th in Washington DC. A few hours, later fireworks erupted in celebration across our nation—I’d like to think in honor of him.

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Summer Solstice, Stillness, Father’s Day

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Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash

Summer in Minnesota is finally here, in temperature at least!  Astronomically, summer officially arrives on June 21st – the Summer Solstice.  As you may recall from high school science class, solstices are the longest and the shortest days of the year.  After June 21st, the days will get shorter until we reach December 21st and the process reverses itself.

Solstice, from the Latin sol (the sun) and sistere (to stand still), is the name given by our ancestors to times in the year when the sun appears to hover, unmoving, in its yearly pilgrimage. Many rituals and landscapes became associated with the stilling of the sun’s movement.  Places like Stonehenge, the Sioux Tribe’s elaborate Sun Dance, Maypoles, and more – all focus on the sacred time, place, and providential benefits of the sun’s warmth and light.

As I get older, and as the father of a newly-minted first grader, I have begun to relish opportunities for standing still, quieting my inner voice, and reflecting on the world around me.  Since this month of June also contains Father’s Day, it is the perfect way to wrap ritual and reflection together and celebrate the power of fatherhood, of nature, and how our cities bring these together.

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Consciously Curated: Emotional Intelligence

Consciously Curated is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to keep you thinking good:

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Your Story: Emotions matter: that’s why Light Up is shedding light on children’s emotional intelligence

Juhi Sharma’s not-for-profit organisation Light Up focuses on harnessing the emotional intelligence of children, parents and teachers, and providing them with tools to form a cohesive, non-violent, and caring community. The education system, Juhi believes, fails to help children build a strong emotional foundation and skill sets which would help them to “survive in the real world”. Real-life experiences teach them “a half-baked approach” that often manifests itself in layers of anger issues, fear and sadness, and more importantly, signs of early stage anxiety and depression.

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Consciously Curated: Parenting Special Needs Children

Consciously Curated is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to keep you thinking good:

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PBS News Hour: A child with autism can’t engage with the world if kept at home

I believe we advocate best for our children when we put their autistic behaviors in context rather than let others assume the worst. We advocate best if our words are not angry or defensive, just factual, “My child has autism, I’m doing the best I can.” Because we are not seeking to punish the people who might be our greatest allies, if only they understood. But now the burden shifts to you, general public. All you bystanders who don’t know what to do when you witness the unthinkable. The answer is tolerance – you have a duty not to comment cruelly, not to insist we leave.

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Columbia Career Connect Turns Three – Khali Gallman on Building a Business

Entrepreneur and author Khali Gallman
Entrepreneur and author Khali Gallman

In this episode of Suite Talk we check in with Khali Gallman a successful entrepreneur and author about the upcoming Columbia Career Connect conference on Saturday, April 14th. We not only talk about what she’s got planned for the Third Annual “C3” conference (sneak peek: entertainment and nightlight industry maven Peter Thomas will keynote), but also the latest with her travel and events app Not Just Spring Break.

In the middle of the conversation, Khali turns the tables on me and asks me a couple of questions about what we’ve got planned for Thinking Good (hint: we’re writing books).

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Learning to Respond Instead of React – A conversation with Dan Metcalf on family, jiu-jitsu and real estate

 

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Dan Metcalf – family man, realtor and martial arts instructor

In this episode of Suite Talk, we speak with Dan Metcalf a married father of two boys, a highly successfully real estate agent and martial arts instructor. We explore how these three focal points (family, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and work) serve as the “tripod” of his life providing focus and balance.

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A Very Subjective List of the Top Five Songs About Parenthood

You are what you listen to
“You are what you listen to.” Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

The folks over at the Twisted Lister podcast put together a very subjective list of the top five songs about parenthood. There is something for everyone to agree and disagree about, which is part of the fun listening to this conversation. Let us know what’s on your top five by leaving a comment below.

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Consciously Curated: Millennial Fatherhood and Innovative Parenting

Consciously Curated is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to keep you thinking good:

Living in a fear
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Digiday: NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed are teaming up for a new parenting channel called Playfull

Playfull’s target audience is parents aged 20 to 34. Initially, the focus will be giving parents valuable and relatable information with a BuzzFeed bent, Wang said. Previous BuzzFeed video examples include “Little tricks to teach your kids the basics,” “9 kid-friendly science experiments” and “How I make mom friends.”

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Empowering Future Breakthroughs — A Conversation with Dr. Aisha Liferidge

Minority Women in Science Foundation
Minority Women in Science Foundation

In this episode of Suite Talk we chat with Dr. Aisha Liferidge, founder of the Minority Women in Science Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and mentorship to girls and young women of color with academic and professional interests in STEM related fields.

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Fumble or Stumble: When your mettle is truly tested

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While newspaper obituaries of great men and women tend to summarize their achievements, what often doesn’t make it into print or given short-shrift are their failures and setbacks. I know I wrote a lot of them back in my journalism days.

But, it is in these moments of despair – when things are going wrong – when you fumble or stumble.  This is when your mettle is truly tested.

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Consciously Curated: Digital Parenthood

Consciously Curated is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to keep you thinking good:

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Jakarta Post:  Seven parenting tips in the digital era

Parenting in the digital era is quite challenging as mobile devices and the internet, as convenient as they are, can lead to negative developmental patterns in children when not utilized properly. Here are a few tips to help you navigate digital parenthood:

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