Lots of Love for Learning; Sept.05 Recap

Universal values, universal learning:

‘Oiai e nānā mai ana no na maka.

“While a person is living, treat him kindly and learn what you can from him.”
— Hawaiian Proverb

“He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.”

— French Proverb

“The eyes are of little use if the mind be blind.”

— Arab Proverb

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”

— Greek Proverb

“A questioning man is halfway to being wise.”

— Irish Proverb

“A wise man hears one word and understands two.”

— Jewish Proverb

And you’ve got to love this last one;

“If there were wisdom in beards, all goats would be prophets.”

— Armenian Proverb

We’ve learned so much this month in our ho‘ohana on lifelong learning, and in doing so we have realized that we have barely scratched the surface of the possibilities before us. Truly, we must be life-long learners, continually embracing with hand and heart what mind and spirit will reach out for, good servants that they are of our personal growth.

Perhaps the sweetest thing has been how much fun this has been! A huge and joyful aloha hug to all of you who have written, commented, dreamed and learned with us this month.

In this, our regular monthend recap, I’ll just briefly call your attention to yesterday’s post, Joyful Jubilant Learning, done to index our Lifelong Learning Forum for our Lōkahi Column (to the right) where you can hereafter find it most easily—there are a lot of keepers there, 64 84 and counting!

Let’s look at some other things which have happened this month, just in case they slipped by you.

Our Book of the Month in September was Mastery, by George Leonard. The book review I had written on Mastery is here Mastery: Permission to be oh so human.

On www.ManagingWithAloha.com I posted two resource articles this month (they go together) because of some silent stats indicators, and as we anticipated, the hit activity has jumped dramatically over there:

  1. What does this Hawaiian word mean?
  2. A Glossary of Hawaiian Words and Phrases

Also on MWA.com

  • We captured the recent MWA book reviews at Come Gather Round and at Genuine Curiosity in our Book Buzz resource listing (right column), along with
  • The podcast interview I had done this month with Wayne Turmel of The Cranky Middle Manager Show.
  • In the left column we’ll be continually indexing the Thursday articles that I’m now writing for Leon at www.Lifehack.org

These were our Top 8 articles this month on Talking Story:

I decided to stretch this from the normal 5 to 8 for a couple of reasons.

The first two have been dominating every single month — interesting to me (and very affirming) but it makes the recaps predictably boring for everyone else. Last month I cheated and just left them off the list.

Number 5. is a November 2004 post, and its current popularity is almost exclusively from search engine hits: Fascinating to me what people are searching for — was it the effect of Katrina? When I originally wrote it, it was election time…

Number 8. slipped ahead of many more heavy-hitters (our Guest Authors were very popular this month! ) thanks to a combination of the search engines and links that originated in other blogs — not just an A-lister or two, but from several sources. Does the annual performance review process mostly happen in the Fall for many of you?

So here they are, as tracked by your click-ins:

  1. The Daily Five Minutes (MWA Book Excerpt)
  2. September Ho‘ohana: Lifelong Learning
  3. Asking Great Questions: Art or Skill?
  4. Learning to Listen? Learn what to listen FOR
  5. Let’s Define “Values”
  6. No Room For Mediocrity
  7. Refuse to be Defined by your Daypart. Guest Post by Dwayne Melancon. A pleasure Dwayne, to have you trump me in my own top posts!
  8. 5 Questions for your Annual Performance Appraisals (MWA Book Excerpt)

Let’s celebrate Dwayne’s victory here with another pointer for him. Dwayne recently migrated over to TypePad land with some of us, and you want to be sure you have updated your feed readers with his new url: www.genuinecuriosity.com. Another tip: You must read his new About Page where he explains why he named his site Genuine Curiosity and dishes out some very good advice for all of us.

Come to think of it, I should point out another big win and give credit where credit is due: Number 4. above was an article I wrote this month inspired by this post written by one of our newest HOC bloggers: Skip Angel, author of Random Thoughts of a CTO. Skip also did an update recently on what he’s learned since he’s been blogging. Click over: if you are completely caught up with all of your Joyful Jubilant Learning reading Skip’s learning update on this viral publishing phenomenon we call blogging is a very positive and optimistic one to end the month with. Congratulations Skip!

A final reminder that our October Ho‘ohana will not be up until Monday, October 3rd. (If you are wondering, the reason why was here: Learning Serenity.)  Until then,
Aloha e, a hui hou. Rosa


  1. says

    Thank you for the kind words and note about my new address, Rosa. It’s an honor to be part of the Ho‘ohana.
    If anyone reading this hasn’t done so recently, please do a “pub crawl” through the Ho‘ohana community links to the right. She’s always adding more.
    Yes, they all have compatible philosophies with the ones you read here on Talking Story but they all have such different ways of getting there.