Month: September 2012

  • Is not culture far more than just a word?

    Bird Droppings September 7, 2012 Is not culture far more than just a word?   “Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and granting a space of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regardful of the rule that thought comes before speech. In the midst of sorrow, sickness, death or […]

  • Is our world one of paradox and confusion?

    Bird Droppings September 6, 2012 Is our world one of paradox and confusion?   “What can we surmise about the likelihood of someone’s being caring and generous, loving and helpful, just from knowing that they are a believer? Virtually nothing, say psychologists, sociologists, and others who have studied that question for decades.” Alfie Kohn   […]

  • How can teaching be successful?

    Bird Droppings September 5, 2012 How can teaching be successful?   “The first object of any act of learning, over and beyond the pleasure it may give, is that it should serve us in the future. Learning should not only take us somewhere; it should allow us later to go further more easily.” Ted Sizer   […]

  • Why do we not consider people first?

    Bird Droppings September 4, 2012 Why do we not consider people first?               You would think that with a three day weekend I could get caught up do some writing and perhaps even get a bit of work done for school but unforeseen events always seem to crop up. Saturday was predominantly family time […]

  • Hey what about routines?

    Bird Droppings September 3, 2012 Hey what about routines?   We are all creatures of habit and routines. It has been quite a few years ago that my wife called to me in the wee hours of the morning as I was starting to write, our youngest son was sick. A virus had struck hard […]

  • I wonder what is on my mind?

    Bird Droppings September 2, 2012 I wonder what is on my mind?   Where do I start twenty four years ago tomorrow my wife and I were at the hospital wondering if she was in labor. The doctor finally said she probably will go home but go check her in just to be safe. I […]