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I Think I Can | So I Will

June 25th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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I think I can so I will. There is not much more to say about this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast. Please listen and decide whether you can too.

Children: Our Most Important Resource?

June 21st, 2017 by Gary Crow

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“Children are our most important resource.” I picked up a book about #ChildWelfare practice today that started with this interesting assertion. It was simply presented as a given, with no further justification or explanation. That is not surprising since I have heard it so many times that it is nearly a cliché.

 

I would like to be able to say that I questioned the assertion the first time I heard it but unfortunately I did not. It sounded right so I took it for granted that it was right. For some reason I don’t understand, the concept struck me as very odd when I read it today. Instead of glossing over the assertion and getting to the real content of the book, I was stuck. I could not get past the idea that children are a resource and especially the notion that they are our most important resource.

 

In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, I explore this generally held belief and question whether it is true. Spoiler: I don’t think it is. Please listen and see what you think.

To Do | Details | panjandrums | Spam & Petitions

June 19th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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The Audio Tidbits Podcast team has another idea generator session for you. As you will notice, the entries are not altogether connected but do share one element. They are each useful if you think about how they can add to your wheelhouse. Please listen and learn, as Simon likes to advise us.

 

#Is work piling up and there’s just too much to do?

Are you getting frustrated with things backing up on you?

Does your to-do list keep getting longer with no end in sight?

Would you stop and relax if you weren’t so up-tight?

 

#Every situation, set of circumstances, problem, or issue has its broad-brush look and feel. From that perspective, it takes on its special definition. Given that definition, Simon can draw on his insight and experience and take appropriate action. He does not need the details to know what to do. In fact, he is so oriented to managing people and processes at this level that he quickly becomes impatient with those who insist on providing far more detail than Simon wants or needs.

 

#Do you know about panjandrums? I didn’t before taking time to do some extensive research. – I looked the word up in the dictionary. – If panjandrum is one of your personal walking around words, I am more than a bit impressed. It’s true I probably am only impressed because I had never heard the word; and your knowing but not me, makes me think you are likely a panjandrum yourself, at least in the vocabulary department.

 

#SPAM is here to stay so knowing how to spot it and what to do with it are self-protection skills everyone who has an email account seriously needs. Of course, there are free SPAM filters, SPAM blockers that can be purchased for $19.95 or $29.95 or more if you have lots of extra cash, or SPAM detectives that will stop SPAM, block pop-up ads, and probably protect you from cyber monsters. All of these products are potentially useful and may even work. While you are deciding which protection you will buy, here are a few tips I have discovered that don’t cost anything and work pretty well for me, at least so far.

 

#I think it is appropriate to end this idea generator session with a situation where success was not the expected or actual outcome. I do this for those of us who have to content ourselves with not winning every time. Even if I weren’t a winner in the petition game, I still think I have a point. Let me share and then you decide for yourself.

Child Protection: Family-Centered?

June 11th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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This episode focuses on child welfare practice and is a deviation from the usual content of the Audio Tidbits Podcast. I was recently discussing child protection practice with some friends who are still practicing. Although I have not practiced for a few years, I was struck by their commitment to family centered practice.

 

When I retired from practice, I was convinced that a child centered model best served the interest of abused and neglected children. Even then that was a minority point of view. In the conversation with my friends, their perspective was still not persuasive for me.

 

I have thus retrieved a paper I wrote about ten years ago and am sharing it here. As I reconsider the paper, I continue to think that all things considered, a child centered approach to protecting abused and neglected children is still preferable to the family centered model as I understand it.

 

If you find this type of discussion interesting, I leave it to you to come to your own conclusion. If it is not of interest to you, be assured that the next episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast will return to the type of content you have come to enjoy.

Gripes, Arrogance & Dr. Seuss

May 29th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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The podcast team has an interesting take on gripes, arrogance and the wisdom of Dr. Seuss and others. They also touch on not getting too big for your britches and on the value of the suggestions of others who would have you different than you are. Please listen to the podcast and see if you agree. Also, please consider subscribing to The Audio Tidbits Podcast on your favorite podcast player.

Denny Has Retired — Let’s Remember

May 27th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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I have told you before about Denny, the world’s 16th greatest guide dog. Well, Denny was with me for over ten years but the day finally came for him to retire. I won’t go into the details but Denny’s health had gotten to the point where being a guide dog was no longer possible.

 

Yes, it was very sad. He was unable to work anymore but his heart was still very much up to doing what he had done for over a decade. On his last day, he came to have his harness put on and so wanted to go with me again. It was not to happen but his spirit was ever willing.

 

Now I have Oliver. He is a twenty month old black lab and is eager to be my guide dog. We spent two weeks training together at Pilot Dogs after his six months of guide dog training. The two weeks were for the two of us to begin to bond and get used to working together. Oliver is home now and learning about his new environment and responsibilities. So far, things are going quite well.

 

To remember Denny and the five other Pilot dogs that came before Oliver, I am re-posting a podcast about my first six Pilot dogs. It will be a while before I am ready to update the podcast to include Oliver but his day in that spotlight is out there on the far horizon. He is Pilot dog seven for me and I expect we will have as satisfying a journey as with each of his six predecessors.

 

For now, join me in remembering Dr. Pepper, Fellow, Blacky, Ben, Quincy, and Professor Denny. Oliver has big paws to follow but is, I am sure, totally up to the challenge.

Are You A Thinker?

May 11th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Are you a thinker? It seems that most of us are not. As it turns out, if we were to actually think twice a month, we would move into the thinker elite.

 

The Audio Tidbits Podcast team shares their perspective on thinking, what it means to think, and why thinking is a good thing. What is the meaning of life, how do we tell right from wrong, and where is the value in a sunny day? These and more think-worthy considerations are in the podcast for us. Please listen and give it a good think.

An Episode For Deep Thinkers

May 7th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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This is a special episode for those of you who like to think deep thoughts. Please listen to see if the podcasting team catches your attention and interest. Finding a few minutes for a deep thought or two can’t be a bad thing. The episode includes a cameo deep thought from Marissa Crow. That is reason enough to listen.

Annoying People | Missing Muses | Magic

May 2nd, 2017 by Gary Crow

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The podcast team has three special segments for you in this episode. You hear about annoying people while waiting on a place to park, the missing muse that might not have been missing, and the mystery of modern day magic. Please listen and enjoy.

The Young Pessimist

April 30th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Do you think optimism and pessimism are a choice we all can and do make? It’s our world and how we look at it are up to us? Would it were true. Listen and decide for yourself.

You Don’t Say!

April 24th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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How often do you find yourself just sitting around with a few friends and the conversation gradually dies? At first it is comfortable but after a while, it starts to get awkward. You can’t think of anything to say.

 

Do we have a deal for you. The team has gotten together to share two hundred and fifty two oldies but goodies to say to jump start the conversation. We know that you have heard them all before but having them handy can’t hurt when you are at a loss for words.

 

Relax. It takes a while.

 

Press play. Here we go.

Artists, Errors & Good Old Boys

April 2nd, 2017 by Gary Crow

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We have what I think is a most interesting episode for you. First Tessa has her usual unique take on who is and who isn’t an artist. Do you color the sky red? If so, Tessa has a thought to share with you.

Daniel then lets us know how hard it is for him to admit to ever being wrong. Do you always take a look at the other person’s perspective? If so, Daniel has a twist on the notion that you definitely want to hear.

Finally, Micah has a treat for you. Picture a good old boy and then let Micah shatter your picture. He does it in his special laid back way so it doesn’t hurt all that much.

Relax, press play and let Tessa get this episode started.

Life’s Little Lessons Vol. 4

March 20th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Thank you for choosing to go skidooing with us. We all have learned many of life’s little lessons and certainly have found some of them more helpful than others. Daniel has developed a series of skidooing episodes that he thinks represent priority lessons. Those are lessons we should all take to heart. Please listen to this episode and consider whether you agree with Daniel.

Life’s Little Lessons Vol. 3

March 11th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Thank you for choosing to go skidooing with us. We all have learned many of life’s little lessons and certainly have found some of them more helpful than others. Daniel has developed a series of skidooing episodes that he thinks represent priority lessons. Those are lessons we should all take to heart. Please listen to this episode and consider whether you agree with Daniel.

Keeping On Is The Only Game In Town

March 8th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Things don’t always go smoothly? Plans sometimes don’t work out? You don’t always win? Maybe you should just hang it up. But if that is not your style, this episode of the Skidooing Podcast was made for you.

Life’s Little Lessons Vol. 2

March 6th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Thank you for choosing to go skidooing with us. We all have learned many of life’s little lessons and certainly have found some of them more helpful than others. Daniel has developed a series of skidooing episodes that he thinks represent priority lessons. Those are lessons we should all take to heart. Please listen to this episode and consider whether you agree with Daniel.

Life’s Little Lessons Vol. 1

March 1st, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Thank you for choosing to go skidooing with us. We all have learned many of life’s little lessons and certainly have found some of them more helpful than others. Daniel has developed a series of skidooing episodes that he thinks represent priority lessons. Those are lessons we should all take to heart. Please listen to this episode and consider whether you agree with Daniel.

Moral Children

February 23rd, 2017 by Gary Crow

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How does morality develop in children? Ava shares one perspective on that important and complex process in this episode of Let’s Go Skidooing. I hope you find it informative and useful.

Micah on Life & Learning

January 11th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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What have you learned from life and living. If you have a fewminutes, join Micah while he shares a few insights he has picked up over the years. There is a fire in the fireplace and an easy chair where you can sit back and relax while Micah shares his thoughts with us.

8 Minutes To Success

January 7th, 2017 by Gary Crow

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Are you familiar with Simon Says? If not, just think of Simon as your friendly advisor. This is a podcast for those who are serious about their success. Enjoy!

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Audio Tidbits shares various audio experiences I think you may enjoy and sometimes even find interesting. There is no particular theme or topic. Rather, the podcast includes whatever I like and want to share with you. The tidbits are usually fairly short but not always. It's kind of a try it and see if you like it kind of podcast. It's not for everyone but may be for you. I hope so.

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