Month: September 2011

  • Endeavor to persevere

    Bird droppings September 18, 2011 Endeavor to persevere “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein How do you teach perseverance that stick-to-itiveness that we want students to have. I watch many teachers flounder when students leave that realm of attention and then teachers claim there is […]

  • Can we define soul

    Bird Droppings September 17, 2011 Can soul be defined Over the years I have written about the idea of or concept of soul many times to the point of considering using the word in my dissertation title. The word has differing meanings as you discuss with various religious groups and or psychologists. It is quite […]

  • Finding a way to forgive

    Bird Droppings September 16, 2011 Finding a way to forgive “Many people are afraid to forgive because they feel they must remember the wrong or they will not learn from it. The opposite is true. Through forgiveness, the wrong is released from its emotional stranglehold on us so that we can learn from it. Through […]

  • A few ramblings

    Bird Droppings September 15, 2011 A few ramblings “If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.” W. […]

  • Teaching the unteachable child

    Bird Droppings September 14, 2011 Teaching the un-teachable child “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” John F. Kennedy I was working […]

  • So much difference in perceptions

    Bird Droppings September 13, 2011 So much difference in perceptions “The delineation of the difference between modern (secular) society and traditional (Sacred) societies and their competing views of land and nature helps to explain the persistence of severe conflict between such societies. Unlike secular societies – where land signifies property, property signifies capital, and capital […]

  • Checking the toes for mittens

    Bird Droppings September 12, 2011 Checking the toes for mittens Last evening my granddaughter was showing off her new hat and mittens so clad in a t-shirt diaper and mittens and ski cap that looked like a penguin she was showing off for us. Finally she realized crawling was a bit harder in mittens and […]

  • Pondering for me what a word?

    Bird Droppings September 11, 2011 Pondering for me what a word? Today is an interesting day; ten years ago I started teaching again after a twenty three year layoff. About six years ago today I started as a part – time Instructor for Piedmont College. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” […]

  • I am just sitting and thinking

    Bird Droppings September 10, 2011 I am just sitting and thinking I was outside very early today as a great horned owl was irritating my dog keeping her up. It seems it was more than one as around me several were calling back and forth in a eerie chorus. The hooting had my dog going […]

  • Our perceptions vary greatly about life

    Bird Droppings September 9, 2011 Our perceptions vary greatly about life “Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” Irving Berlin It was ten years ago I was waiting to go teach again after having spent nearly twenty three years in the publishing business. I was anxious to […]