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Spaces for Happiness: The Power of Enough

–with special guest Sarah Ratekin

Episode Description

I’ve discovered that podcasting is a great way to make new friends. We begin miles apart (even thousands!) and very quickly find ourselves having the kind of intimate conversations that grow with close friendships. Sarah Ratekin is no exception. We’ve been friends for a long time, though we’ve never met. When we first started our conversations, Sarah was the Chief Happiness Officer at a corporation. I’m not making this up! She and I have both traveled a long road with lots of lumps and bumps, and we’ve both decided that happiness is not an idea, it’s like breathing – necessary and often not given thought.

So join us for a no-holds-barred, rapid-paced journey exploring Spaces for Happiness: The Power of Enough. Oh, it was not Dick van Dyke and Suzanne Pleshette, but George Peppard and Mary Tyler Moore. Mea culpa.

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Mac Bogert
Mac Bogerthttps://azalearning.com/
I fell in love with learning, language, and leadership through the intervention of two professors—I had actually achieved a negative GPA—who kicked my butt for drifting through my first couple of semesters at Washington and Lee University. After graduate school at U. Va., I started teaching English at a large high school in northern Virginia. A terrific principal lit my fire, a terrible one extinguished it. I left after five years (the national average, as it turns out, maybe the only time I did something normal) and started an original folk/blues/rock band. That went well for a time until the record company sponsoring us folded. I toured for some years as an acoustic blues musician, primarily as an opening act for bands like the Muddy Waters Band, Doc, and Merle Watson and such remarkable talent. As that market dried up (disco), I earned my Coast Guard Masters License and worked for the next decade as a charter and delivery captain and sailing instructor. At the same time, I was working part-time as an actor and voice-over artist, selling inflatable boats and encyclopedias, and working as a puppeteer. Itchy feet, I suppose. I came back into the system in 1987 as a teacher specialist in health and drug education in my county school system, also part-time as Education Coordinator (and faculty member) for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. I ‘departed’ both jobs in 1994 (therein lie more stories than 350 words could hold) and started my own business. AzaLearning is the career I’d been dodging for decades. I serve 200 clients around the country, helping with all kinds of coaching, planning, transforming conflict, creative problem-solving, communication, and mediation (I also trained and worked as a community mediator somewhere during sailing and teaching): learning, language, and leadership. In 2016 I published Learning Chaos: How Disorder Can Save Education and actively contribute to a couple of online education magazines as well as publish a newsletter, a blog, and the learning chaos podcast.

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