Month: August 2017

  • A chilly wet morning, it is still hard to kiss a frog.

    Bird Droppings August 31, 2017 A chilly wet morning, it is still hard to kiss a frog.   It is was a bit chilly and wet here in northeast Georgia with nighttime temperatures hanging in the low sixties. However a rumor persists of a nice weekend hanging out there. Many of us gardeners are glad […]

  • I wonder if there is such a thing as Essential Education?

    Bird Droppings August 29, 2017 I wonder if there is such a thing as Essential Education? It has been almost seven years since I was discussing various educational philosophies and pedagogies with my son, then a graduate education student. One topic happened to be essential education which per his text is only a slight step […]

  • Finding the right spot for the puzzle pieces

    Bird Droppings August 28, 2017 Finding the right spot for the puzzle pieces  “In order to learn the nature of the myriad things, you must know that although they may look round or square, the other features of oceans and mountains are infinite in variety; whole worlds are there. It is so not only around […]

  • Can we find answers outside our windows?

    Bird Droppings August 24, 2017 Can we find answers outside our windows? As I read and pondered a world engrossed with money and how we can spend more 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 […]

  • Who would have thought of a buffalo snort in the dark?

      Bird Droppings August 23, 2017 Who would have thought of a buffalo snort in the dark?   “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing […]

  • What does it take for that light bulb to go on?

    Bird Droppings August 22, 2017 What does it take for that light bulb to go on?   It has been nearly twelve years since my doctorial cohort at Georgia Southern ended and we began the journey on our own. For a couple semesters I was a member of a new cohort at Piedmont College and […]

  • Our perceptions vary greatly about life

    Bird Droppings August 16, 2017 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 sixteen years ago I was waiting to go teach again after having spent nearly twenty three years in the publishing business. I was […]

  • Teaching can be successful

    Bird Droppings August 15, 2017 Teaching can be successful   So as I do on many mornings when I get the time I walked out to a quiet corner of my back yard. Nestled in a patch of weeds and brush I laid claim to my quiet spot and look toward the east in the […]

  • Why do we wish, wonder and wait?

    Bird Droppings August 13, 2017 Why do we wish, wonder and wait?   “Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.” William Davenant   It has been nearly eleven years since we moved last and found ourselves in this house.  I wasn’t sure from where to start several ideas have been […]

  • A spiritual side to teaching

    Bird Droppings August 11, 2017 A spiritual side to teaching   “Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it’s never living apart from one’s self. Not about absence of other people – it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others.” Parker Palmer   Dr. Parker […]