Polly Chester

Honing the Skills That Allow You to Understand, Rather Than Waiting to Respond

Most of us have different social selves that we embody, based on the environments we find ourselves in. Therefore, one’s interpersonal skills always need fine-tuning. Here’s how.   Every year, about a week before my recreation leave begins, my tired brain starts to think tangential, bizarre thoughts about the social construction of academia and how it ... Read the full article
Polly Chester

Polly is a thinker, writer, and social worker with passions for human rights, caring for the environment, social justice, social policy, epistemology, philosophy, and psychology.

Dear Grandson: Singing, Playing Ball, and Finishing Duty Station in San Diego

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding continues his singing career, manages his son’s Little League team, and wraps up his time in San Diego that ends in a tragedy.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XXV

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, with a new story about, and for, his dad.

Dear Grandson: Becoming a Chief Petty Officer and Managing My Son’s Little League

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding becomes a Chief Petty Officer and manages his son’s first Little League team, the Astros.

Dear Grandson: Lab School and Little League

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding talks about teaching Lab School, being summoned to his son’s school (again), and Little League.