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20 Incredible Roadtrips in the US

After reading Travels with Charlie (one of the best Steinbeck novels) I have been motivated to explore as much of America as possible. Essentially everyone who knows me knows that I love a good road trip. Rather than taking 75 days to drive across country with a 10-year old poodle, it might be a bit […]

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Perpetual Optimist- Luke Lalonde

Some days I feel a little bit like Luke while he’s singing Perpetual Optimist, but most of the time I lean towards the other person he’s singing about, with the mentality of always having room for one more bite, and believing that you get no reward if you take no risk. This song has been […]

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2022 Esparto Unified Student Leadership Camp

We definitely lucked out this summer with how many excellent students we got to take to leadership camps. It was something we really missed in the last two years and we’re so excited we get to do it again. Check out the amazing video that captured all of the fun, learning, and growth that took […]

Tips & Tools

Motivating People Starts with Building Emotional Connections

It won’t surprise some of you that it is absolutely necessary to create a container with emotional safety and strong relationships before we can successfully move into the work that we want to do together.  If you’re looking for ways to connect with the people you lead you can start with this Harvard Business Review Article, […]

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.” ― Alice Waters

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Great books about identity and culture

In case you’re looking for some kind of summer reading a great place to start is NPR’s Books We Love Series. This episode is all about identity and culture, take a quick listen and find out why Karen Grigsby Bates recommends “The Love Songs Of W.E.B. Dubois” by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, “Seven Days In June” by Tia […]

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Teen Art Labs at the Crocker

This is a special program for young adults interested in taking a deeper dive into the visual arts. This program not only offers participants an opportunity to explore various art mediums, but it uses the fine art in the Crocker’s collection as a point of inspiration. Crocker staff and local artists will drop in to […]

Tips & Tools

Why we need rituals, not routines

“It turns out, even great writers like Franz Kafka and Virginia Woolf found writing to be an arduous task. What made the work a little bit easier, he discovered, was their commitment to a daily ritual… This encourages a mindful approach to basic tasks, imbuing them with a transformational ethos. It can be as simple as […]

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

“…and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength.” ― Audre Lorde

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No Mow May

April showers bring May Flowers and while we (seemingly) haven’t had any rain this year, May is still one of the most important months for native flora to grow. This brings us to the concept of No Mo May: “Mowing your lawn less creates habitat and can increase the abundance and diversity of wildlife including […]

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Dog Inside a Car – Fell Runner

Another one for the summer playlists! Dog Inside a Car is simple, catchy, and provides a dynamic listening experience.  I know we go fast and we go far, but I’ll never know how the engine works 

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