Mentoring and Learning the Wrong Lessons

From my Masters studies at Pepperdine University, comes this tidbit of my own mentor-deficient journey. Spring. 2002 I can’t believe how my brother betrayed me. There he was, just rambling on, completely oblivious to the betrayal. I can’t believe he’d forgotten the vows we’d made during those numberless sweaty Saturdays out in the backyard under the heartless afternoon sun as our father rained down on … Continue reading Mentoring and Learning the Wrong Lessons

The Lesson of Community

When I was driving down to San Diego last Thursday (for Thanksgiving with the folks) the thought struck me about a time when my then-wife and I considered moving to San Diego because I was thinking about going to a Presbyterian seminary near Encinitas. That was a lifetime ago. I remember at the time how I was trying to figure out how I could get … Continue reading The Lesson of Community

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

After church this morning …. (I’ll let that thought sink in for a moment) I called my love’s work number and left her a voice message wishing her a happy sunday, telling her that I’m in Orange County doing something that I haven’t done in 18-years (without actually telling her that I’ve gone to my old church, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Orange) and telling her … Continue reading Returning to the Scene of the Crime

OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea – Part 2: Is Mentoring for You?

The following are notes that I wrote as part of a class assignment for a class in Mentoring. Enjoy. Sharing Resources (p21) Work: I have the benefit of having been a classroom teacher before becoming the lab teacher, I had the benefit of working with technology before becoming a teacher. In the latter I wasn’t constrained to do things “the way they’ve always been done” … Continue reading OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea – Part 2: Is Mentoring for You?

OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea – Part 1: Mentoring as an Art

The following notes that I wrote as part of a class assignment for a class in Mentoring. Enjoy. Have You Been Mentored? (p4) 1. “Aha” experience: Biblestudy leader, Greg, when I was 15-years-old, that moment affected the next 15-years of my life. His role, however, was as a “fleeting catalyst” in that it was more the moment that changed the course of history for me … Continue reading OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea – Part 1: Mentoring as an Art

OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea

Personal Mentoring Reflections: The following are notes that I wrote as part of a class assignment for a class in Mentoring. Enjoy. Pivotal times and the person(s) who played a part, hmmmm, I know that Shea said that one shouldn’t think about external events. Here’s a run-down on the cast of characters (as best as I can currently remember, and this is without doing any … Continue reading OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea

OMAET Book Notes – The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith

Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Visions The following are notes that I wrote as part of a class assignment for a class in Mentoring. Enjoy. Preface: “The fact that making an effort is an inefficient way to learn—and an almost certain way to forget—comes as a surprise to many people. They have been taught that learning demands hard work, serious motivation, and focused concentration. … Continue reading OMAET Book Notes – The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith