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Bruce Noll
A believer in Lifelong Learning and Collaborative Wisdom, remembering Who I AM through essay, story, and poetry. Listening for narratives that nurture Life.

What hurt then still hurts now

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What once seemed to be good fortune… just wasn’t
It’s not that it wasn’t meant to be… we just didn’t be it
For all the good times… there were more times that weren’t
Unfortunately what once was… now isn’t
And both of us feel it… no blame, no shame, just broken

If this were the only feeling it might not be bad… but it isn’t It’s not that we couldn’t… we just decided we can’t And now what once could be had… just couldn’t There is always a price to be paid… but we just wouldn’t And both of us…


Exploring your uniqueness

There have been times of exasperation and exhaustion; times when hope seemed to be a far-off destination with no path in sight.

I have wondered during those times what I was brought here to do? What tools had I been given to accomplish this unseen, unknown task?

I dreamed as the time clock ticked down to “no time remaining, with “no time outs left.” and I asked, “what message would I send in this game of life?”

Yes, there would be preparation for this and training for that, but what did I produce of meaning and forethought…


What you see depends on where your standing and the direction of your gaze

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Next time you think, “I’m over the Hill,” say to yourself, “Nah, I’m just standing further down the curvature of the earth.” — Parker Palmer, ON the BRINK of EVERYTHING: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old

One of the things I wish I had had when I was growing up, was a better understanding of my perspective on life, or better said, my lack of understanding about living a good life. …


Wisdom, Collaborative Learning, Education, School

It’s profound at any age

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“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” — Chinese Proverb

There are so many quotations about learning and education I could write hundreds of interesting, relative, and profound articles using those quotations to support my views on learning. Many of the more humourous and provocative stories of life surround the narratives of our school days. So many of the events that shape our lives are given to us early in life and often who we become is a result of our formal educations.

For instance, I can use this rich quotation from…


Collaborative Learning, Life Lessons, Perspective

An exercise in collaborative learning

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With all of the distractions in life as we know it; health crises, political unrest, economic upheaval, and all of the more personal items that confront us, one might naturally be uncertain about the future and how what we once knew to be true may never be true again.

I don’t mean to insinuate that anyone was ever certain of what was in front of them or that expected outcomes would happen or happen exactly as we envisioned them. What I will say though, is that in my lifetime this current relatively short span of…

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