Month: November 2011

  • Trying to tie a knot with only one end

    Bird Droppings November 30, 2011 Trying to tie a knot with only one end   “Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.” Charles […]

  • Listening to a philosopher

    Bird Droppings November 29, 2011 Listening to a philosopher A beautiful sky this morning as I walked out and actually rather warm which is surprising as the sky while filled with clouds was clear and most of my students were hoping for snow although hit is still showing up on weather maps further west of […]

  • Learn by doing!

    Bird Droppings November 28, 2011 Learning by doing! “We take in information through our senses, but we ultimately learn by doing. First, we watch and listen to others. Then we try doing things on our own. This sparks our interest and generates our motivation to self-discover.” Marcia L. Conner, Learning through Experience So often in […]

  • Observation and observing

    Bird Droppings November 27, 2011 Observation and Observing “I do not write from mythology when I reflect upon Native American spirituality in this book. In my own opinion, mythology leads to superstition; and superstition has proved fatally destruction to many millions down through time. It is ironic, then that Dominant Society accuses Native practices of […]

  • A tapestry woven and each thread interconnects

    Bird Droppings November 26, 2011 A tapestry woven as each thread interconnects “For certain fortunate people there is something that transcends all classifications of behavior, and that is awareness, something which rises from the programming of the past, and that is spontaneity; and something that is more rewarding than games and that is intimacy. But […]

  • Spirituality an uncertain certainty?

    Bird Droppings November 25, 2011 Spirituality an uncertain certainty? “When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.” Albert Einstein What has always […]

  • Trying to understand giving thanks, war and teaching

    Bird Droppings November 24, 2011 Trying to understand giving thanks, war and teaching I had a difficult time sleeping due to some sinus issues I have concerning the dry heat from our gas furnace. When I got up and started to walk around and downed a large mug of mate and black tea my head […]

  • Do we teach or are we taught

    Bird Droppings November 23, 2011 Do we teach or are we taught “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Albert Einstein So many times when discussing students who are having difficult times a individual teachers perspective is all that matters. Recently I was about to thump another teacher in the head […]

  • Trying to watch a smiling moon

    Bird Droppings November 22, 2011 Trying to watch the smiling moon “Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.” Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966 Over the past few weeks I have been told about, read about and actually met with parents to be and new parents who are still […]

  • Teaching is far more than wanting to

    Bird Droppings November 21, 2011 Teaching is far more than just wanting to “I want to say one other challenge that we face is simply that we must find an alternative to war and bloodshed. Anyone who feels, and there are still a lot of people who feel that way, that war can solve the […]