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The instruction set me on a unique path last October.  All the controversy and loss surrounding the issue of bullying led me to a 3 month S.T.A.N.D. against bullying and for education and new directions.  I shaved my head on October 9…every day I wrote a new resource or educational web reference on my “blank page” of a skull.  It was a profound, even life changing experience.  As I was considering my personal response to the pain of kids around me being bullied – I tried to resist the impulse to take such a dramatic action.  At the end of the matter, I couldn’t talk myself out of it.  And I did try!  So now, in these chilly days of winter longing to become spring…my hair reasserts itself on my head.  I can’t recall a time in my life when I ever had such short hair.  But by way of contrast , it seems almost long!  I continue to draw attention to the significant issue of bullying, particularly in our country’s schools.  It is a privilege that we can each raise our voice in support of issues that make a difference.  It seems unlikely that I will choose to shave my head – ever again.  But the passionate response that drew such an action from me still reverberates in my days.  What are issues that you are passionate about – and how do you allow them to permeate the actions of your life?  What direction might you take if today you were to S.T.A.N.D. – start today a new direction?  I’m curious. 

Oh, and in case you’re wondering…here’s how my hair’s doing:

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