Month: January 2013

  • Counting knuckles can work if we allow it or NCLB2 No Congressmen left behind

    Bird Droppings January 31, 2013 Counting knuckles can work if we allow it or NCLB2 No Congressmen left behind On Wednesday a student asked what day of the month Thursday would be and I responded January 31 and just as quick another said he thought it was the first. I said no it was the […]

  • A wondering of the moment

    Bird Droppings January 30, 2013 A wondering of the moment Nearly ten years ago I received this email from a dear friend. I met Frances when I was a new staff member at Loganville High School in 2001. Frances had been teaching English and had worked with our then principal at the time at a […]

  • All in words we use

    Bird Droppings January 29, 2013 All in words we find On days when my wife is out of town I can go out and take sunrise photos and wander about as I do with few time restrictions. This past weekend sunrises were gorgeous and I was able to sit and watch for nearly thirty minutes […]

  • We should be examing the threads of life

    Bird Droppings January 28, 2013 We should be examining the threads of life “Man did not weave the web of life – he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” Chief Seattle, 1854 It has been a few years since I read a National Geographic article […]

  • The circle is the basis for life

    Bird Droppings January 27, 2013 The circle is a basis for life I missed the last rerun of a favorite miniseries “Into the west” and one of these days will find the DVD set. The movie starts and ends with a circle of stones; there is a line going east to west and one going […]

  • Who is at the center of your universe?

    Bird Droppings January 25, 2013 Who is at the center of your universe? “Tung-shan was asked, ‘The normal mind is the way; what is the normal mind?’ He replied, ’Not picking things up along the road.’” From Teachings of Zen, edited by Thomas Cleary, © 1998 One aspect of the Zen teachings is the process […]

  • Can we define success?

    Bird Droppings January 24, 2013 Can we define our own success? Yesterday in a teachable moment I drew upon my experiences and while discussing the phylum arthopoda and one of my favorites the black and yellow garden spider, Agriope aurantia, or writing spiders. I then proceeded to offer a Creek Indian view of early morning. […]

  • We are neither wolf nor dog

    Bird Droppings January 23, 2013 We are neither wolf nor dog It has been some time since I first read a book by this name written by one of my favorite authors Kent Nerburn. In much of his writing Kent Nerburn addresses the spiritual significance and depth of life of our Native Americans. While to […]

  • Can passion be aquired?

    Bird Droppings January 22, 2013 Can passion be acquired? “To speak so listeners long to hear more and to listen so others’ meaning is grasped are the ideals of the impeccably great.” Tirukkural 65:646 When I first read the passage from the Tirukkural I thought of a few words from Albert Einstein that I have […]

  • Looking in a direction to start a morning

    Bird Droppings January 21, 2013 Looking in a direction to start a morning “Beginnings start in the east – from where the sun rises we begin a new dawn. Each day is a good new day with a fresh beginning, a new start. East is the direction of the physical body and newness including children […]