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Lessons from the real Alexander Hamilton

08 06 16 Real Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton is a man after my own heart. His life story not only makes for a great musical, it is also an object lesson in being a successful autodidact. I can totally relate to his approach to making sense of the world – which was through extensive reading and long-form writing. Despite his personal flaws and the ways I …

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Confessions and lessons from a Hamilton obsession

Hamilton CD and book

I confess to a minor (?) and highly improbable obsession with the blockbuster musical Hamilton. I don’t typically enjoy freestyle/rap music, so it’s not an obvious choice for me. (My lame attempt at a line of freestyle in the title of this post is the one and only of my lifetime.) But given that Hamilton’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has won …

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Lessons from an afternoon at the ballet

Ballet shoes

A friend and I have season tickets for the Pennsylvania Ballet, an extravagance that we dearly enjoy. We’ve also been attending the “Prelude” program, where a member of the company gives a brief talk and Q&A just prior to the performance. This past Sunday, we were thrilled that our speaker was Matthew Neenan, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s choreographer-in-residence, whose new piece, …

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A Momentous Year

While I have been horribly neglectful of my blog in 2015, it has been a pretty big year for me. My writing and sharing hasn’t been abandoned, it simply hasn’t appeared much in this space. Here’s a quick roundup of my 2015 contributions, appearing elsewhere: Learning Environments by Design It isn’t every year that one publishes a book, and I …

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Lessons from the good doctor

This post is titled “Lessons from the Good Doctor,” but these are not lessons from the good Dr. Catherine Lombardozzi, but from the good Dr. Seuss. Let’s take a look at the Dr. Seuss bookshelf. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorites. I still get quite choked up every year at the line: “Maybe Christmas, he thought, …

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