Month: November 2019

  • Trying to understand giving thanks, war and teaching

    Bird Droppings November 29, 2019 Trying to understand giving thanks, war and teaching   I had a difficult time sleeping due to walking so much the past two days and my leg swelling. When I got up and started to walk around and downed a large mug of mate and black tea my head started […]

  • While deadly a spider spins to survive

    Bird Droppings November 26, 2019 While deadly a spider spins to survive   “When Peter pulled his sword and attacked the Roman soldier he was told to put it away and his boss turned to the injured soldier and healed his ear but that was before Christianity” Frank Bird Ed.S. D.D.   Every other Facebook […]

  • Life is raw material

    Bird Droppings November 23, 2019 Life is raw material   Morning is a special time a beginning I am always questioned why I get up so early. My response is to get a great start to the day. Several aspects make it special first one of taking the dog out and talking with her as […]

  • At least trying to think this beautiful day

    Bird Droppings November 22, 2019 At least trying to think this beautiful day   “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell   I wonder if it is for attention that so many teenagers seek the route of drama in their lives. Over reacting to […]

  • A spiritual side to teaching

    Bird Droppings November 21, 2019 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 […]

  • How capable do we need to be?

    Bird Droppings November 20, 2019 How capable do we need to be?   What a contrast to only a few days ago as the sun was shining and the moon was full as I went out in the wee hours with a crystal-clear sky. There was a gentle wind blowing, wind chimes ringing peacefully and […]

  • A look at essential Bird Pedagogy

    Bird Droppings November 19, 2019 A look at essential Bird Pedagogy   It was eight years ago I was reading an article actually an interview with Arne Duncan, the former Secretary of Education. I selected a few choice quotes from his interview to savor and ponder for a few days. As I look at the […]

  • Perceptions vary greatly about life between people 

    Bird Droppings November 18, 2019 Perceptions vary greatly about life between people    “Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” Irving Berlin   It was over twenty years ago I was waiting to go back to teaching after having spent nearly twenty-three years in the publishing business. I […]

  • Going back to school again for the first time

    Bird Droppings November 15, 2019 Going back to school again for the first time   So often as I start my writings each morning there has been an experience recently to build upon. It is utilizing these previous experiences that provide windows and doors into future experiences. I was driving through our local community and […]

  • Teaching is more than just wanting to

    Bird Droppings November 14, 2019 Teaching is 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 […]