Month: August 2021

  • A beginning from an end

    Bird Droppings August 31, 2021A beginning from an end “It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” Albert Einstein The recent weather reminded me of […]

  • Sometimes history is a teacher and for others only a memory

    Bird Droppings August 28, 2021 Sometimes history is a teacher and for others only a memory I read an article earlier this morning dealing with a college sophomore’s mental health. The student was wanting the social life of college back, parties, bars, events, and football tail gating.  As I read, I found I now have […]

  • I am told, there is a reason.

    Bird Droppings August 27, 2021 I am told, there is a reason. Early today I should not get into disagreements on Covid, and I try to avoid. I have strong feelings about vaccines being a polio survivor and I mentioned I was one of the lucky ones. I thought further and luck is a superfluous […]

  • Why do we have public education, to educate all our children?

    Bird Droppings August 25, 2021Why do we have public education, to educate all our children? For all teachers today is a day of action. Standup for what you believe in. I read an article that references children as others yesterday. The way a profiteer looks at children are entities, simply others, consumers and I have […]

  • If you see a new trail, or footprint you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing

    Bird Droppings August 24, 2021If you see a new trail, or footprint you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing “Choices are sacred to life’s journey. They lie along the path that all of us must follow for ourselves. An important Cherokee lesson is that if you involve yourself in any decision, […]

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

    Bird Droppings August 22, 2021A chilly wet morning, it is still hard to kiss a frog. It was a bit chilly and wet here in northeast Georgia with nighttime temperatures hanging in the sixties. We had an inch plus of rain yesterday evening and several more last night. However, a rumor persists of a nice […]

  • Quietly listening to Hot Tuna and pondering the word inspiration

    Bird Droppings August 20, 2021 Quietly listening to Hot Tuna and pondering the word inspiration Nearly twenty years ago, at a county-wide teacher kick-off meeting, traditionally a packaged inspirational meeting and welcome before budget cuts. This was the startup for the new school year lead by a brought in speaker. They would pay big dollars […]

  • How do we know if we are still human?

    Bird Droppings August 18, 2021How do we know if we are still human? Perhaps it is from growing up in a situation where we were daily aware of special needs children and adults from the birth of my younger brother till his passing almost twenty years ago. Those in my family have had connections with […]

  • Driving up a mountain takes effort

    Bird Droppings August 17, 2021Driving up a mountain takes effort I am looking forward to another trip to Black Rock Mountain in North Georgia, the site of the Foxfire Museum property and the former site of the Piedmont College’s teacher’s class in The Foxfire Approach to teaching. My oldest son took the course as a […]

  • What do teachers really know?

    Bird Droppings August 16, 2021What do teachers really know? “Teachers are one of the most important resources a nation has for providing the skills, values and knowledge that prepare young people for productive citizenship – but more than this, to give sanctuary to their dreams and aspirations for a future of hope, dignity and justice. […]