In the 1890 essay “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, a young woman who is driven by materialism and envy unwittingly exchanges ten years of her life for an evening of shallow compliments at a glamorous party. Her desire for conspicuous consumption blinds her to the true beauty of life, […]

Mindset Matters: Our Offenses Illuminate Our Allegiances


Way back in the 1890s, William James was one of the first psychologists to recognize that goal directed-behaviors (aka decisions) were always preceded by a cognitive representation, a mental process. James documented for the first time that actions followed thoughts–that what we think or believe determines how we behave. Though […]

From Belief to Behavior: Breaking Free from a Limiting Mindset


During Memorial Day Weekend, our hearts are drawn to the men and women who have laid down their lives to protect and preserve the freedoms of our great nation. From the Revolutionary War in 1776 to the Civil War in 1861 to the War on Terror in 2001, American heroes […]

The Virus is Coming! History’s Lessons of Hope and Healing ...



When I was a sophomore in college, my music professor at #MiamiDade decided to take our performing arts team, The Highlights, on a singing tour of England. The talented duo Dr. Boos and Jon Secada made sure we were vocally up to par with our Beatles set list (yep—that’s another […]

Risk, Vulnerability, and Love: Broken versus Unbreakable


by Dr. Lisa Dunne As 57,000 schools in the K-12 sector across the country are set to close this week, sending home 25 million students, some parents are becoming acquainted with the term “homeschooling” on a whole new level. As both a college professor and a home educator for over […]

Homeschooling Basics: Tips for Success from a Veteran Home ...


Dr. Lisa Dunne March 13, 2020 What can we do as leaders and communicators to help those in our realm of influence respond proactively but rationally to the current media cacophony surrounding the coronavirus pandemic? In this blog, Dr. Lisa Dunne discusses the causes of fear, the physiological and emotional […]

Fear Factory: How Media-Induced Worry Impacts Your Brain, Belief, and ...



My grandmother was a public school teacher for over 50 years. Her students prayed together, sang hymns together, read Bible verses together, and learned to read with the 1784 New England Primer that began, “In Adam’s fall, we sinned all.” Prayer and Bible reading were vital components of the academic […]

In Adam’s Fall: Presidents, Prayer, and Progress


Helping our youngest employees find purpose, hope, and connection is a vital task for a healthy, engaged workplace culture. This blog is adapted from a speech Dr. Dunne gave to a group of San Diego pastors outlining the challenges facing our youngest generation. To learn more about tools for helping […]

The GenZ Gap: Cultivating Hope in the Age of Anxiety


By Dr. Lisa Dunne If you haven’t read Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World, add it to your summer reading list. It will clarify, with painful lucidity, precisely what’s happening across the state of California right now. From overly sexualized curricula to direct attempts at blocking academic accessibility, we […]

Choking out Charters: The State’s Resistance to Alternative Education  



The following blog is excerpted from a keynote presentation titled #CultureShapers that the author gave at a Chula Vista high school in February 2019. The internet is currently swirling with an angry vortex of posts devoted to the topic of the life and death of the unborn. As a parent […]

Hidden Hurt: The Dramatic Impact of America’s Abortion Crisis