Month: December 2010

  • Longing for the simplicity

    Bird Droppings December 17-18, 2010 Longing for the simplicity My reading and writing has taken a beating with the getting ready for the end of the semester and three trips to Florida to see a grandbaby. Of course nothing would have stopped me going to see our grandbaby. But I am looking forward to my […]

  • Words can be significant and or meaningless

    Bird Droppings December 15-16, 2010 Words can be significant and or meaningless We seldom when we open our mouths to speak really think about what it is we are going to say it sort of just spills out. Occasionally we wonder I wish I could have held on to that word or used a different […]

  • Why do we even have public education?

    Bird Droppings December 13-14, 2010 Why do we even have public education? “Instead of seeing these children for the blessings that they are, we are measuring them only by the standard of whether they will be future deficits or assets for our nation’s competitive needs.” Jonathan Kozol On the front page of our main local […]

  • Sometimes there is no concrete answer

    Bird Droppings December 10-12, 2010 Sometimes there is no concrete answer “Obsessive search for the holy grail through only that which can be measured and documented effectively diminishes the sacred and leaves us standing empty without souls.” Dr. Grant Bennett A day or two a go I got a bit carried away and wandered into […]

  • There is an aspect you can not teach teachers

    Bird Droppings December 9, 2010 There is an aspect you can not teach teachers “Studies suggest that instructional and management processes are key to effectiveness, but many interview and survey responses about effective teaching emphasize the teacher’s affective characteristics, or social and emotional behaviors, more than pedagogical practice.” James H. Stronge, Qualities of Effective Teachers […]

  • It is all in how we percieve it

    Bird Droppings December 8, 2010 It is all in how we perceive it “I love a people who have always made me welcome to the best that they had. I Love a people who are honest without laws, who have no jails and no poorhouses. I love a people who keep the commandments without having […]

  • Looking to Nature for answers

    Bird Droppings December 7, 2010 Looking to Nature for answers As I read and ponder a world engrossed with money and how we can spend money I wonder if perhaps some of the thinking that is bringing so many American Indians back to their more traditional world views has merit. I was beginning to look […]

  • A new life

    Bird Droppings December 6, 2010 A new life Resurrection By Susan Thomas Underwood The universe is energy in constant motion. There are ebbs and flows; Outcomes and income, And change…… Always change. The physical world reflects this motion In the cycles of life, There is spring and fall, winter and summer, Birth and death; and […]

  • Can we find responsibilty

    Bird Droppings December 3, 2010 Can we find Responsibility As I begin my morning of writing and wondering and first morning as a new grandfather the idea of responsibility sort of crept up on me. We live in a world of passing responsibility off to another generation be it natural resources, fiscal, educational, philosophical, judicial, […]

  • Another thought as winter sets in

    Bird Droppings December 2, 2010 Another thought as winter sets in “Good words do not last long unless they amount to something.” Chief Joseph We have had some 30 degree nights here this week. Not sure whether to just start building fires in the fireplace or to crank up the heat. With the holidays a […]