Joyful Jubilant Learning 2006: 120 Ways and Counting


Joyful Jubilant Learning speaks to the powerful synergy of a Learning Community; it speaks to you and your capacity palena ‘ole, without any limits. This is how you have rekindled the fires for ‘Ike loa, the Value of Learning in the way you have come together this month, sharing your Aloha with each other.

Mahalo nui loa to the generous Guest Authors who have graced the pages of Talking Story this month. I am profoundly grateful to all of you.

Absolutely incredible.

Click on the numbers for the links to the articles these scrumptious snippets came from. This year I have added the author names for those of you seeking your favorite writers first, and their names are linked to their homesites. Click through and savor the feast.

Learning is food for mind, heart, and soul. And yes, Learning IS Cool.

(1. to 65.) Learning is food for mind, heart, and soul.
(66.) The world changed for me that day; it grew exponentially. That day allowed me to question, to probe. It allowed me to become comfortable with uncertainty. It gave me permission to change my mind, to not always know absolute truth. Blaine Collins
(67.) The best way to learn a skill or lesson is to teach it. The best way to honor your teacher is to live it. The trick for both of these things is to do it well; the magic is when it works. Toni Howard
(68.) When students modify their MySpace profiles on their own or look up the stats on the newest models of motor bikes, they’re learning. They’re learning what they want, on their own terms, in a manner that makes sense to them. Rebecca Thomas
(69.) In the process of writing, I quickly learned that even fictional characters have a way of determining their own fates, and my carefully planned plot ended up developing a life of its own. Dan Ward
(70.) Ignorance is the only fit state for anyone who is committed to learning. Learning does not exist to replace ignorance. It is there to add to it. Adrian Savage
(71.) I immediately saw the connection between the assumptions we make the decisions we make. Accepting something to be true without proof is dangerous. Greg Balanko-Dickson
(72.) My attitude about learning began to change from a casual pursuit to an intense need to survive that Mid-Term. Fear of failure is wonderful motivator, and it was working wonders for me. Terry Starbucker
(73.) I have managed to create an incredible life by learning from, and paying attention to, letting the outside in.  And this, my friends, has been the method to my gladness for years. Andrea Learned
(74.) If you’re a leader, and you’re not staying ahead of the times by learning new things in new ways, you’re soon to be an extinct leader. And if you’re extinct, you’re dead. Phil Gerbyshak
(75.) Remarkable leaders are learners because they want to be better leaders and because they want to be better people. Kevin Eikenberry
(76.) Technology is not just a conversation in itself but it is also creating conversations, person-to-person, person-to-business and business-to-business. Leah Maclean
(77.) I didn’t recognize it at the time but as a result of my writing and the passion it brought me I was beginning to view life differently. I felt much more positive about myself and I began seeking the experiences that once caused me to pull back. Tim Draayer
(78.) I’ve been wanting to apply these basic truths to our educational system. This wisdom has been around forever; we’ve just never really applied it on a societal level. And I think it’s high time we did. EM Sky
(79.) Picture yourself as a farmer.  Imagine that each connection is a seed planted.  Suppose that perodic contact with those connections is a sunshine and water injection into fertile soil. Dave Rothacker
(80.) There were a whole bunch of subjects in school that I really felt were a huge waste of time. For example: Typing. . . Now, I type every day of my life. Dwayne Melancon
(81.) Adults, as we all know, tend to learn best experientially.  Sometimes though, thanks to old habits and complacency, we don’t realise what a potential for wisdom and learning we have, in the people we see and experience every day of our lives. Chris Owen
(82.) I discovered a powerful learning tool earlier this year in the form of Audio books. I find I can learn while driving, walking, and exercising. John Richardson
(83.) What better way to show what I learned from the conference than to review the conference via a podcast. Script drafted, I sat to record. Steve Sherlock
(84.) The challenge for employers, of course, is that it’s easy to look at a college degree and make some assumptions about what someone knows or doesn’t. I sympathize. Wayne Turmel
(85.) Learning occurs when the trainee actively seeks and acquires knowledge and is then motivated to use it. Lisa Haneberg
(86.) There’s a time and place to be a follower, but in order to get far in life, one needs to be a leader. Maria Palma
(87.) Being content doesn’t come naturally, it’s not simply a matter of genetic disposition.  One must learn to be content. Tim Milburn
(88.) As convinced as I am that this spark shows up, I’m even more convinced
that most people walk through life unaware of it, or with only the most fleeting notice of it. I can’t do that. Stacy Brice
(89.) The lessons from characters ranging from Hamlet to Huckleberry Finn to Elizabeth Bennett are vital to our lives today. While the settings may change, the nature of people does not. Knowing about people, and their myriad of actions and motives, is a powerful gift. Wayne Hurlbert
(90.) I have learned, from Lee and others, that being a leader is about achievement. It’s founded in accomplishment. Yvonne DiVita
(91.) Learning 3.0 is made possible by recent technological improvements in connectivity, which make location largely a non-factor, and by unrestricted access to knowledge. Blaine Collins
(92.) I learned to think about learning – the process, the mechanics, the patterns. I learned to analyze and constructively critique my own thoughts and learning methods. Easton Ellsworth
(93.) Helping others pays off. When the light goes on in someone’s eyes because they really get what I am saying and it begins to manifest great things in their lives, there is no better feeling than knowing I have helped turn that light on. Ken Partain
(94.) In my mana‘o, books are for learning connections. The learning gets magnified in some very extraordinary ways when books are annotated, that is, when they are written in by the person who reads them. Managing with Aloha
(95.) The Old School approach to teaching expects that all students are willing to learn. You show this by embracing the humility and respect required to honor the teacher and the lesson. Toni Howard
(96.) To learn only for the sake of learning misses the best. But to learn for the purpose of passing it on and giving back, it one of the most satifying experiences I have ever had. Gary Bourgeault
(97.) Too often, one looks for a mentor. I believe that we should have many mentors. One person will not be able to teach us everything, but many people will be able to teach us something. Tim Milburn
(98.) Someone once pointed out that the root of the english word educate comes from a latin term that means "to draw out," but in our schools these days we often act as if it means "to stuff in." Dan Ward
(99.) The willingness to admit we know nothing and to come from a state of ignorance can be more readily done if we clear excess from our minds. So many of us are suffering from information overload we dont think we have room for anything more. Karen Wallace
(100.) I often find that I’m so destination minded…that I want to find the answers. But the true joy of the journey is in realizing that there are more questions…and that there will always be more questions. Tim Milburn
(101.) My dream is that as many are spurred into action it will have a ripple effect and impact the lives of those we love amd those we do not yet know. Greg Balanko-Dickson
(102.) The thing that struck me about all this was that this was the first class in my scholastic career where I was being treated as a responsible adult, and in a very “business-like” manner. Terry Starbucker
(103.) I have found that I learn by living on the other side of any more common boundary.  Force an 8 to 5 schedule on me, and I’ll squirm and gasp for air ”“ resenting it all the way. Andrea Learned
(104.) I came to a point in my life that I wanted to get all my knowledge (inside) out by writing, speaking and coaching. Until, I got out of the corporate box, I could not expalin my restlessness and constant frustration working for others. Greg Balanko-Dickson
(105.) It’s easy to find out interesting things when we first meet someone. As time goes on, those who make a habit of trying new things, learning, and sharing that learning, are like magnets who attract and keep our attention. Blaine Collins
(106.) In order to be an effective leader, we must be an effective learner. And, learning and curiosity do help us stay young – also keeps the neural pathways in the brain alive and active. Kirsten Harrell
(107.) The ones who stay in their rooms and those that get out and socialize is a matter of choice – a choice to give up and die or a choice to live and thrive. Greg Balanko-Dickson
(108.) It really is critical to have a mentor. They can teach you many things and hold you up when the times are rough but as great as they might be, you still have to make the decision to either live and learn OR be swept away by life. Tim Draayer
(109.) I had to force myself to “put it out there” and then invite/risk feedback from someone way outside my usual realm – and I had to get used to taking in criticism and learn how to funne
l it back into my work effectively. Andrea Learned
(110.) Excel has tormented me like an abscessed tooth. Maybe learning a bit about it was like having the tooth pulled… Dave Rothacker
(112.) You might not get a degree”.heck I’m not planning to get one, but the skills”” the knowledge”” the experience”. Those things are gettable. And you learn better when motivated. Wayne Turmel
(113.) We are better when we operate out of a sense of belonging to something worthwhile. Tim Milburn
(114.) In fact, for me, it isn’t folly to choose serendipitous learning, but it would be folly, at this point, to push myself to learn. Stacy Brice
(115.) To fashion prose like F. Scott Fitzgerald or economize on words like Ernest Hemingway is the mark of a fine writer. Learning to think, and to create letters and articles in a strong prose style, sets one apart from the crowd. Wayne Hurlbert
(116.) Connected behavior is a more empathic approach that accepts subjectivity, trying to listen and ask questions in an effort to understand the other point of view. A healthy amount of connected behavior within a learning community is a very powerful stimulant for learning, not only bringing people closer together but promoting deeper reflection and re-examination of their existing beliefs. Blaine Collins shares the philosophy behind Moodle.
(117.) I learned to reach higher. No matter how much I learned, there was more. No matter how good I was to others, I knew I could become better. Easton Ellsworth
(118.) Continuous learning pays off. As long as I am open to new ideas and new ways to market and promote, I can be of service to my clients. If I stop learning they will turn to someone else to take them on down the road. Ken Partain
(119.) Like so much in life, its hard to appreciate what you have without experiencing the opposite. Winning/losing, close relationships/loneliness, wealth/poverty, joy/sadness, and success/failure. Blaine Collins
(120.) I learned to treasure new knowledge. I discovered that application is the fulfillment of learning. I clutched new truth close to my intellectual bosom and shared it willingly with others. Easton Ellsworth

(and counting…) Ten Things I’ve learned about the no-longer-lurkers of the Ho‘ohana Community.

I was Author 28 at the very beginning of the month, and these were my kick-off posts, my Ho‘ohana:

MAHALO! Thank you to all the bloggers of the Ho‘ohana Community who so generously supported us this month. Can there be any question how seriously we take our learning?

AND we’re not done!

These are bonus tracks: More articles written in September by the Ho‘ohana Community which we could not fit in to our Guest Author Line Up for the month but which are testament to just what a hot, hot, HOT topic lifelong learning is for us.

These authors may not have originally intended these articles as ones for their learning categories, but for me the connection was strong and sure:

  • John Richardson: 9/1- I’ve discovered a multitasking trick that has revolutionized my learning ability and helps me be more efficient when doing mundane tasks. This trick is so amazing that I have a hard time believing that it works. I realized it quite by accident over the last few months. Read: Amazing Multitasking Trick
  • Rebecca Thomas: 9/1- Any time I’m confronted with something I don’t know, I don’t think twice about hunting down a book, an expert, a collection of web resources, etc. I have Mom to blame for that. Read: My mother, the geek; or modeling lifelong learning behaviors
  • Tom Ehrenfeld: 9/2- Regardless of whether you are writing a book, starting a business, cobbling together a career, or simply living a life, it all makes far more sense when you’ve found your voice, and then travel down a path that serves as a place for you to sing. Read: Your Voice is Your Calling
  • Tim Milburn: 9/2- As I was thinking about this, I realized that we all have unique penmanship (much like our different fingerprints, different DNA).  Our writing is our own.  When we write something to someone, we are offering them a word of encouragement in a way that no one else can. Read: Handwritten Notes Give A Little Extra And Get A Big Response
  • Steve Sherlock: 9/6- Fractalia is for kids who feel confined by their school classroom. In Fractalia, the ‘zeroes’ on Earth become the heroes of Fractalia. The trouble-making underachievers that we meet in a detention room become the superstars in Fractalia. As a teacher, I know how difficult it is to create a classroom that reaches every student so I created Fractalia to help me. Read: An interview with A.J. McCaffrey, author of Fractalia
  • Karen Wallace: 9/18- I guess what I am talking about is the voluntary, ‘I WANT to learn’ type learning.  The learning that keeps us up to date.  The learning that ignites the spark, turns on the magical ‘excitement’ tap of previously unseen possibilities and takes us to new, wonderful places. Read: Joyful Jubilant Learning
  • Anita Campbell: 9/18- I discovered this the first time I judged, after I finished scoring and saw the scores of the other four judges. Sure there were many differences, but I saw a common theme. It was stunningly obvious: the businesses with compelling stories scored highest, on average. Read: Apply for Small Business Awards, But Have A Great Story
  • Tim Milburn: 9/22- The information finds practical ways of being implemented in our lives.  We do something tangible about it.  It results in a life lived a little differently.  Because the information has changed us on the inside, it now affects our lives on the outside. Read: Learning THrough Disciplined Reflection
  • Blaine Collins: 9/22- In academia, a fine line is drawn between collaboration and cheating. However, I have to wonder how prudent it is to stifle collaborative learning. Read: Can academia teach collaborative learning?
  • Dwayne Melancon: 9/22- Here are some of the things I’ve learned (some, the hard way) that can help make these conversations more productive – especially valuable for sales situations, partnering discussions, "buying stuff" meetings, and things like that. Read: Do you know what you’re talking about?
  • Karen Wallace: 9/24- And the best thing?  He’d managed his learning himself, and nutted through the problem until he knew it inside out. To me, this is a great lesson of real learning – and learning about learning. Read: On learning how to learn and taking responsibility for our own learning.

There is a lot here, however we have just begun to scratch at the surface of what we still CAN learn.

I love that we did it together this month, and that we will continue to do so.


  1. says

    Wow, simply fully wonderfully, WOW!
    What a month September has been. Day by day the nuggets were crafted. What a gold mine there is now, and forever.
    Thank you Rosa for creating the opportunity to learn and share our learnings.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. says

    The Ho’ohana Community has this month really come of age!
    It is SSSSOOOOOOO much more that the sum of its parts.
    I have gained so much from reading so many great posting and as many (if not more) great comments.
    Can I please thank all contributors to my growth?
    Thanks Rosa for incrementally germinating this now-grown-up community, nurturing it with love, creativity and attention.
    Thank you also for challenging me with this month’s gift of learning to become more than the sum of my own parts.
    The journey becomes more interesting with that challenge wriggling around inside me trying to find its rooting place and kick off something more solid than just dreams!

  3. says


    Yes! Gobsmacked is the only word to describe how you feel when you read Rosa Say’s wind-up post for the Ho’ohana Community’s Joyful Jubilant Learning month. Rosa’s summary shows not only the work of the guest author’s but the growth

  4. says

    Brilliant. Really Brilliant!
    Thanks for the mention, Rosa – I was most suprised and much honoured (not to mention ‘totally stoked!’).
    This has been a totally magical month, and I am sure I am not the only one that is going to be suffering withdrawals when we go to check the daily post tomorrow out of habit… (they say it takes about that time to embed a habit, doesnt it? and now we have to give it up…)
    I’d like to echo Chris’ comment, and thank all the contributors and commenters for my huge growth and light-bulbs this month.

  5. says

    Aloha everyone,
    It’s been fun, hasn’t it! Mahalo nui for the credit you have given me here, however to paraphrase the FBATR authors of Gallup, all I had to do was draw out the great talent that was already here, pulsing with vitality within our Ho’ohana Community.
    Karen, we don’t have to stop! I can’t promise the post-a-day by a guest author here on Talking Story, however I can when you consider the community of bloggers we have, and the wonderful places they normally write – including you! And this is but another instance of how often we prove that we are learning-obsessive… We will ho’omau, and cause this good to last.
    Keep on learning!

  6. says

    Whew–I’ve been lurking around this month and I can’t remember ever finding so much I wanted to print out and reflect upon in one month in one place! My learning will go on far beyond this September as I integrate all I’ve read. Rosa, you are a genius at finding great people and bringing out the best in them by connecting them in a community of giving. I am truly humbled to be in the company of the members of the Ho’ohana community.

  7. says

    Introducing JJLN: the Joyful Jubilant Learning Network

    Yes, it is October 1st, and yes, this is not my normal Ho‘ohana essay for the first day of the month. It will be posted tomorrow, for today, I have a very important announcement to share with you. Introducing JJLN:

  8. says

    This isn’t just a post, it’s an encyclopedia. I think it is a well-organized wiki. Many who read this will have no idea how much work went into compiling, let alone inviting-editing-preparing, this project. I am greatly indebted to Rosa for all of her generosity in pulling this thing off.
    But we can’t just rest on the success of this learning adventure. The best time to move forward is when you’ve got momentum on your side. We can rest later. Let’s keep investing in this project because it is VERY worthwhile.
    I know that there are some wonderful things that await us all if continue to help enough others reach a new level in their learning.

  9. says

    Creating a welcoming environment for collaborative learning

    The first day of October has always been a special day to me, in part because my parents were married on that date and we celebrated the event annually. Additionally, we Dallasites always look forward to the promise of cooler weather that October bring…

  10. says

    Joyful Jubilant Learning Continues

    It started as a month’s worth of posts and a lot of comments. But it became so much more. Joyful, Jubilant Learning is not just a month-long project…it’s a way of life. You can join in and help to keep

  11. says

    Aloha Felix, I would love to have you write for me in our next forum here, and I will be sure to take you up on that offer! Meanwhile, do join us over at the JJLN network to jump into the fray with us there, where this forum now continues:
    You too Beth!
    Speaking of JJLN Tim, I see you are blinging our new learning place magnificently for us behind the scenes: Your work there is definitely adding to the growing excitement!