Month: April 2021

  • Should we sharpen the machete or bring a shovel?

    Bird Droppings April 30, 2021Should we sharpen the machete or bring a shovel? I have been reflecting over the concept of critical pedagogy and in that reflection, I recall an incident nearly forty years ago that calls to mind my own interpretation and understanding of what we as teachers are all about. I purchased a […]

  • It is not always all in a name

    Bird Droppings April 29, 2021It is not always all in a name On February 3, 2003, I officially started calling daily emailing and journaling Bird Droppings. I went back in my files and pulled up a few old thoughts and ideas. Along with my new name in 2003 some other bits and pieces as I […]

  • A rock flower and song

    Bird Droppings April 28, 2021A rock flower and song A journey begins with a step and apathy begins with turning your back and saying I don’t care. Before we left school for the virus last year I had my last IEP of the year. I recall my laptop was acting weirder than normal and all […]

  • Driving up a mountain takes considerable effort

    Bird Droppings April 27, 2021Driving up a mountain takes considerable effort I am looking forward to another trip to Black Rock Mountain in North Georgia, the site of the Foxfire Museum property. In the past the site was used as a focus of the Piedmont College’s teacher’s class in The Foxfire Approach to teaching. My […]

  • Using Pronouns

    Bird Droppings April 26, 2021Using Pronouns It was one of those days yesterday and a word caught my attention as I was listening to a friend talk. The word was them. I never realized the extent of prejudice till a pronoun was used. Such words as they, them, or those people never were clearly a […]

  • Quietly listening to Hot Tuna and pondering the word inspiration.

    Bird Droppings April 25, 2021Quietly listening to Hot Tuna and pondering the word inspiration. It has been some time since I was made aware of the band Hot Tuna. Sitting here listening to their music takes me back to 1973 or 4 in Macon Georgia and fellow who I went to school with. We were […]

  • Eating some left-over chicken parmesan and thinking about the circle of life

    Bird Droppings April 24, 2021 Eating some left-over chicken parmesan and thinking about the circle of life A couple days ago I made a huge pan of chicken parmesan and had plenty of leftovers. So I am sitting at my computer working on my Birddroppings and dissertation eating some. Several things have led me to […]

  • Are you a Weginahsa?

    Bird Droppings April 23, 2021 Are you a Weginahsa? “The work of a teacher – exhausting, complex, idiosyncratic, never twice the same – is at its heart, an intellectual and ethical enterprise. Teaching is the vocation of vocations, a calling that shepherds a multitude of other callings. It is an activity that is intensely practical […]

  • Can we find truth in an untruthful world?

    Bird Droppings April 22, 2021Can we find truth in an untruthful world? I went back to read a book again for the third or fourth time, a book titled; Every day is a good day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous women, by the late Wilma Mankiller. Mankiller was the past Chief of The Cherokee Nation and […]

  • Pondering and thinking about the lyrics from an old friend

    Bird Droppings April 21, 2021Pondering and thinking about the lyrics from an old friend Back in the “normal” days, I stood in line behind a young man in his mid-thirties and I assume his wife at a BBQ place at Stone Mountain Park. I know we can argue it is a memorial to the south […]