Tuesday, July 5, 2022

On Our "Virtual Route 66" As a New Quarter Dawns...


Welcome to a new Quarter here at the Daily Outsider.

We present the following #RandomThoughts for consideration.


Marcus, as he got older, had to learn how to be “full of love” as he would say. He had to see the good in people. He could not let his heart grow hard, as we’ve said, instead, he had to learn to strengthen it like the muscle that it was—so he could use it. That’s what leaders do. They have to care–practically, personally, professionally.

What about you? How are you strengthening that muscle—particularly in these difficult times? Has command or power made you cynical? Or are you working on becoming more conscientious and caring? Not because you have to, but because you know that to be great, to reach your potential as a parent, a partner, a creator, a friend, a human being…

— The Heart is a Muscle (Listen)


In one of the most watched videos on the Daily Stoic YouTube Channel this week, Ryan Holiday shares some Stoic strategies that will make you happier, such as:

“I once heard the billionaire Peter Thiel say that you want to look for pleasures that don’t have diminishing returns…Sunsets, sunrises, playing with my kids—these are things I never get tired of. But chasing the newest thing, buying a new car, buying something fancy—these get old really quickly. So the Stoics would say to try to find pleasure and happiness in the simple things.”

Watch the full video: How Stoicism Can Make You Happier


On the Daily Stoic podcast this week, Ryan Holiday talks to Steve Magness about his new book Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness, the misconceptions about military commanders and strict parents, how to cultivate and retain talent, and training the mental muscle required to get through difficulty in life,

“It’s absolutely a muscle, it’s a mental muscle. The research backs this up: if we train that discipline, that self-control, that ability to sit with difficulty and navigate through it, it helps in other aspects of life. So in my life, I cultivate that mental muscle through physical practice. When I was growing up, I was a competitive runner. I don’t push it as much any more, but at least once a week, I do something that pushes the bounds of my physical ability, that forces me to sit with that situation where part of my mind screaming to slow down or rationalizing why I should give up.”

Listen to the full interview: Steve Magness On Doing Hard Things and Why We Get Resilience Wrong


“The stakes are high but I wouldn’t have it any other way. In the kitchen, jittery and pumped up just before the curtains rise, I’m in my element. I am the son of a caterer, and ever-expanding parties are my birthright. I remember my mother’s outward calm when a client would call to say the party just doubled in size, moments before she loaded chafing trays of mesquite chicken wings and jollof rice into her van. Catering is like low-grade war games: hope for the best, prepare for the worst. So I prepare for nearly every eventuality. I’m so organized my systems have systems. A successful kitchen runs on plastic quart containers and paper towels, strips of tape and Sharpies. On the doors of my fridges are taped elaborate spreadsheets breaking down each dish into its component parts and assigning each element to a team member. Now I just have to trust the system.“

— Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi


Only the educated are free

Why do you read this email? Why do you read books?

Because you are learning how to live. Because you want to be freer, fear less, and achieve a state of peace. Education—reading and meditating on the wisdom of great minds—is not to be done for its own sake. It has a purpose. As Epictetus said,

“What is the fruit of these teachings? Only the most beautiful and proper harvest of the truly educated—tranquility, fearlessness, and freedom. We should not trust the masses who say only the free can be educated, but rather the lovers of wisdom who say that only the educated are free.”

Remember that imperative on the days you start to feel distracted, when watching television or having a snack seems like a better use of your time than reading or studying philosophy. Knowledge—self-knowledge in particular—is freedom.

(For another reason to read and study, watch this video!)


Monday, July 4, 2022

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On This #July4th.....


It is July 4th--Where America Celebrates Independence Day.
As we hope all enjoy our special #OutsiderVibes selection in our Perspective & Visions Properties, we present this courtesy of the Historian Heather Cox Richardson:

And on July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

For all the fact that the congressmen got around the sticky little problem of Black and Indigenous slavery by defining “men” as “white men,” and for all that it never crossed their minds that women might also have rights, the Declaration of Independence was an astonishingly radical document. In a world that had been dominated by a small class of rich men for so long that most people simply accepted that they should be forever tied to their status at birth, a group of upstart legislators on the edges of a continent declared that no man was born better than any other.

America was founded on the radical idea that all men are created equal.

What the founders declared self-evident was not so clear eighty-seven years later, when southern white men went to war to reshape America into a nation in which African Americans, Indigenous Americans, Chinese, and Irish were locked into a lower status than whites. In that era, equality had become a “proposition,” rather than “self-evident.”

“Four score and seven years ago,” Abraham Lincoln reminded Americans, “our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” In 1863, Lincoln explained, the Civil War was “testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

It did, of course. The Confederate rebellion failed. The United States endured, and Americans began to expand the idea that all men are created equal to include Black men, men of color, and eventually to include women.

But just as in the 1850s, we are now, once again, facing a rebellion against our founding principle, as a few people seek to reshape America into a nation in which certain people are better than others.

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 pledged their “Lives, [their] Fortunes and [their] sacred Honor” to defend the idea of human equality. Ever since then, Americans have sacrificed their own fortunes, honor, and even their lives, for that principle. Lincoln reminded Civil War Americans of those sacrifices when he urged the people of his era to “take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Words to live by in 2022.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On January 6


Country First

Happy Father's Day to all dads, including mine!  I'm enjoying my first as a dad, so I'm going to make this note quick (although the great work of our team putting together the 1/6 Digest after each committee hearing is below).

Today is also Juneteenth, a newer national holiday commemorating when enslaved people learned of their emancipation in 1865.  America's legacy of slavery serves as a reminder that while the founding fathers of our nation may have devised the most inspirational and expansive set of rights and liberties the world had ever known, these didn't extend to everyone -- not even close.

And so it is up to us to ensure the ideals and opportunity enshrined in our founding documents, and the amendments made over time, are available to ALL Americans -- no matter who they are or where they come from. While there's plenty of work still to do, we are a strong and good people, always in pursuit of a more perfect union, and there's nothing we can't do -- together.

Country First,


1/6 Committee Digest

Country First presents the next edition of The Digest to highlight the important work of the 1/6 Committee. Our aim is to make this available to our members within 24 hours after each hearing.



In Case You Missed It: 

  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger appeared this morning on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" to discuss the latest developments on the 1/6 Committee and threats to his family's life.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger appeared on the June 12th episode of "Face the Nation" to discuss the wider context of January 6th and Trump’s orchestrated lead-up to the attacks on the Capitol as well as the problem of loyalty to party or person over country and oath.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger appeared on the June 14th episode of Fox News’s “Your World” to discuss how the threat of January 6th isn’t over and is omnipresent.  

Who Gave Testimony in Hearing #2:

  • Greg Jacob, White House lawyer to former Vice President Pence
  • Judge Michael Luttig, legal expert and advisor to Vice President Pence

Here are the major developments from the committee: 

Judge Michael Luttig Stresses the Fact that Trump and his Allies Are Still a Threat

Wednesday’s hearing focused on how Trump and his allies attempted to coerce Mike Pence into illegally and unconstitutionally overturning the election results.

On January 6th, Pence was in true danger and the mob came within 40 feet of him while he and his security detail moved to safety. At the end of Wednesday’s testimony, Michael Luttig, legal expert and former advisor to Mike Pence stated that Trump and his allies still pose a clear and present danger to the United States.

Additionally, Luttig voiced his fears that if Trump were to run and lose again in the 2024 Presidential Election that he would most likely succeed in his renewed efforts to overturn the election results. 

Legal Scholars agree that VP Pence did not have authority to decide the outcome of the 2020 election

Retired judge of the federal court of appeals, Judge J. Michael Luttig debunked the false legal theory that Trump lawyer John Eastman devised to grant the vice president the power to decide the next president of the United States.

In challenging this legal theory, Luttig argues that the framers of the U.S. Constitution would not have granted one person the power to decide who the next president of the United States would be, citing the checks and balances system that the United States government is based upon.

Greg Jacob, the former Counsel to Vice President Pence, declared that "our review of text, history and frankly just common sense, all confirmed the vice president's first instinct on that point," which was that Pence did not have any authority to decide the outcome of the election. Ultimately, while some of the legal scholars who testified disagreed on the precise interpretation of the 12th amendment to the U.S. constitution, they all agreed that the amendment does not grant the vice president the authority to overturn election results or to decide the winner of the election.

Retired conservative federal judge J. Michael Luttig gave testimony in which he said that if the vice president had gone along with Eastman’s scheme, it would have been "tantamount to a revolution," and "the first constitutional crisis since the founding of the republic."

Eastman Sought Presidential Pardon from Trump after Jan. 6 Attacks 

In what could be interpreted as an acknowledgement of guilt and/or fear of prosecution, Trump lawyer John Eastman requested to"be on the pardon list" following the attack on the Capitol, via an email to former Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani.

Eastman was not granted a pardon, and it is unclear whether or not Guiliani took any action after receiving the email. Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) stated "the fact that he was looking into a pardon for himself as a lawyer suggests either consciousness of guilt or fear that he might be guilty." 

The lawyer also knew that the former President’s actions were illegal, according to former Vice President Pence’s top legal advisor. In a White House discussion just days before the violent attack, Eastman admitted to the illegality of the former President’s scheme to retain power, however the former President dismissed the warning. 

Former Vice President was just Steps Away From the Angry Mob that Wanted to "Hang Him"

After harrowing new video and photos were released by the 1/6 Committee, the American public finally knows just how close the former Vice President was to an angry mob that wanted to hang him for refusing to decertify the election. A mere 40 feet stood between the second-in-command of the nation and a group of far-right conspiracy theorists that were hunting him for upholding the Constitution. 

After being told the insurrectionists had breached the Capitol, the then-Vice President and his family were evacuated to a secure location; a parking garage and loading dock. Despite pleas from his Secret Service, Pence refused to leave the Capitol complex, telling his agent, "I know you, I trust you, but you're not the one behind the wheel." 

1/6 Committee Has Requested Ginni Thomas Testimony 

Committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss), along with Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) extended an invitation to Ginni Thomas early in the hearing Thursday to testify regarding her connection to the Jan. 6th attacks.

Recent reports have revealed potential communication and email between Thomas and Trump lawyer John Eastman, who concocted an illegal and unconstitutional plan for Trump to cling to power.

Ginni Thomas is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Eastman is former Supreme Court Clerk to Justice Thomas.



Country First is proud to release The Weekly Digest with important updates on the 1/6 Committee's investigation of the Capitol attack. If you would like to help contribute content to this newsletter, please e-mail volunteer@country1st.com.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

On Our Virtual Route 66 As A New Month Dawns


We present a compilation of #RandomThoughts as we look forward to the privilege to serve: 

Kappa Delta Pi
New Teacher Community
Mental Health: What our Schools Need Next.
05-24 03:06 PM ET
COVID and mental health: What our schools need next Tickets, Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite more
Open Forum
Talking to Children About School Shootings
attachment  Michelle Melani wrote on 05-27 01:44 PM ET
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students shared with us this guide on how to talk to children about tragic events, such as shootings and terrorist attacks. The attached 2-page guide addresses common questions that a lot of adults have on how to properly support the children in their care and how... more | view attachment
Webinar 6/2
Jerome Goff wrote on 05-27 05:30 PM ET
Join KDP for our upcoming webinar: How New Teachers Can Reach Students in All Learning Environments. Thursday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT) What a roller coaster teachers have been on for the past 3 years! As a new teacher, how will you reach your students in such environments and, more importantly,... more
Christopher Taylor wrote on 05-26 09:28 AM ET
Good morning. I am in the process of studying and preparing for the CAPACE. I am looking for recommendations to assist with the preparation. I am not enrolled in any coursework as I already have a Master's in administration, as well as an EdS. I am merely looking to formalize my ability to become... more
Survey Participants Needed
Sylvia Bull wrote on 05-26 08:37 AM ET
Hi All! I am currently working on my Doctorate in Educational Leadership and due to some technical difficulties, my IRB application was lost on the internet for almost a month. That means I need some help getting responses for my survey. To complete a survey about leadership competencies, I am... more
Torialyn Crook replied on 05-27 08:40 AM ET
Hi Sylvia, I will be happy to complete your survey. I am doctoral candidate as well in the same stage so I definitely can relate! Sincerely, Torialyn more
Sylvia Bull replied on 05-27 09:05 AM ET
Thanks, Torialyn! And feel free to invite any other educators you know to complete the survey. more
Research in an International Setting
McHale Davis wrote on 05-25 09:21 AM ET
Does anyone have any tip on writing a research proposal involving a country that has limited educational research? more
James Etim replied on 05-26 09:17 AM ET
One of the things you may want to begin with is to have a contact person in the country that you wish to complete the study.  The individual should be in the educational system- a K-12 teacher or principal or someone in the university. Think also of a collaboration with this individual. Such... more
McHale Davis replied on 05-26 09:24 AM ET
Sound advice - thanks @James Etim ​ more
Mental Health: What our Schools Need Next.
Jerome Goff wrote on 05-24 03:02 PM ET
COVID and mental health: What our schools need next Tickets, Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite more
Webinar Thursday by Teacher Advocate author
Phil Kitchel wrote on 05-24 01:35 PM ET
Our presenter Dr. Jeanne Qvarnstrom  conducted a survey of more than 100 teachers, and she will discuss the positive student behaviors most commonly identified by those teachers for promoting a culture of caring. Read the article here: 4 Student Behaviors That Matter Then register for the webinar... more
IRB Application.
Carine McDonald wrote on 05-24 08:19 AM ET
I had my IRB application returned because they needed additional information on how I will address biases/ conflict of interest when conducting research in my workplace when the participants are my peers. I will appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Carine Sent from the all new AOL app for iOS more
Lillie Seal replied on 05-25 08:21 AM ET
For my dissertation, I discussed making sure to rely on data to remain impartial. Also I said adhering to all district and institutional policies, ensuring all identifiable information was removed, and clearly identifying roles and expectations. That was enough for my reviewer. I hope this helps! more
Carine McDonald replied on 05-25 09:19 PM ET
Thank you Lillie for your input. I really appreciate it.  Carine more
Kathryn Tomlinson replied on 05-26 05:52 PM ET
If your study is qualitative, you may want to research "bracketing". I was able to justify my approach by offering this method for reducing bias. Best of Luck to You! more
Carine McDonald replied on 05-27 08:28 AM ET
Thank you Katheryn. I will look into it. Carine more
5 Strategies to Enhance Substitute Teaching
Jerome Goff wrote on 05-23 01:59 PM ET
5 Strategies to Enhance Substitute Teaching more
Re: Teacher Dream Job
Jerome Goff started thread
David Nino replied on 05-25 11:39 AM ET
My dream teaching job is to teach in Higher education. I completed my EdD. last year and with 20+ years in the classroom I would love to move on to the college level. more
Venecia Whyte-Foster replied on 05-26 09:25 AM ET
I would love to teach at the higher education level. I have over 15 years in K12 and I am excited about making a change. I was an instructor at a university before I moved, and I would love to go back to that level of education. more
Library Entries
Guidelines for Talking to Kids About Attacks.docx
Michelle Melani shared on 05-27 01:36 PM ET
  Standard File Upload with 1 file
Jug ’n Funnel: The Role of a Mentor in Your First Year
Phil Kitchel published on 05-24 06:00 AM ET
As a new teacher, you may enter the field fully certified and prepared for your job, but no amount of classroom or even clinical experience fully prepares you for your first real teaching assignment. The first year in the classroom is a unique extension of your teacher preparation program, and you... more
When Trauma Enters the Classroom
Phil Kitchel published on 05-27 12:26 PM ET

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