Category Archives: Golden Rule

Unabashedly Excited to Announce…Nina’s World!

Earlier this month I was in Los Angeles for the public launch of one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever been fortunate enough to work on: A new children’s animated series called Nina’s World! The show is a sort of prequel to the Sprout network’s long-running, popular GoodNight Show, starring the sparkling Michele Lepe…

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Teach Kids About Africa As If Our Lives Depend Upon It – And Maybe They Do

On top of the sheer panic unleashed by the spread of the Ebola virus from West Africa, an astonishing amount of ignorance has reared its ugly head. As some have commented, this ignorance may be more dangerous to millions of people than the actual virus, and the unfamiliarity could even make matters worse, by focusing…

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How can the cultural priority to “save face” trump the safety of a child? Exposing a Pedophile

A friend recently wrote a blog post entitled “Betrayed by Silence: My Personal Story as a Survivor of Sexual Abuse,” where he exposes the pedophile, a close family member, who abused him beginning at age 9.  The honest and courageous story is stunning on many levels. I read it a few days ago and have…

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5 Reasons First Indian-American Crowned Miss America Represents Best Aspirations for “Modern” America

I didn’t watch Miss America, but now I wish I had.  Monday morning I woke up to a fascinating news feed about backlash on the winner, Miss NY, an Indian-American, and a first.  But just as her mascara-punctuated tears began to flow as the tiara graced her perfect coif, the haters on Twitter reared their…

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Building an Empathy Muscle: Five summer tips for getting children to think and care about people everywhere

Summer offers a perfect chance to explore – ideas, places, experiences. Ideally, it’s a time for playing outside, slowing down, trying a new hobby, and more family time.  Among the “muscles” I like to exercise, when not as bound by classroom exigencies, are those that go beyond anything a subject test can measure.  These are…

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