A tapestry woven and each thread interconnects

Bird Droppings November 26, 2011
A tapestry woven as each thread interconnects

“For certain fortunate people there is something that transcends all classifications of behavior, and that is awareness, something which rises from the programming of the past, and that is spontaneity; and something that is more rewarding than games and that is intimacy. But all of these may be frightening and even perilous to the unprepared. Perhaps they are better off as they are, seeking their solutions in popular techniques of social action, such as ‘togetherness.’ This may mean that there is no hope for the human race, but there is hope for individual members of it.” Dr. Eric Berne, Games People Play, 1964

The title intrigued me as I was sitting here 6:00 AM wondering which direction to go in this morning’s writing I was thinking about students, parents and teachers and how so often the intertwining of personalities produce the fabric of the day. I recall in a graduate class a professor friend used the term or representation of weaving. Our lives are a tapestry being woven each day as we go.

“Each person designs his own life, freedom gives him the power to carry out his own designs, and power gives the freedom to interfere with the designs of others.“ Dr. Eric Berne

For many years I was directly involved in the sheep industry with raising, breeding, and of course shearing the sheep and selling the wool. I traveled nationwide photographing and talking to producers and writing about the sheep and wool industry. I met many hand spinners and weavers as I traveled. Some were artisans spinning yarn as fine as silk and weaving literally pieces of art work. Back in the day we had a ewe a Hampshire cross ewe that was “black” and when she was shorn, her fleece was chinchilla gray. For a number of years a dear friend would get that fleece each year for her spinning and weaving. Somewhere in a box is a small ball of yarn my oldest son spun one afternoon when he was six with that fleece with my friend showing and helping him.
Life as Dr. Andrews, professor and chairperson of Special education department at Piedmont College commented in class is a weaving it is an intertwining of events and people.

“A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else. “ Mahatma Gandhi

One of Gandhi’s methodologies of protest was to spin and weave his own cloth rather than rely on industrial produced material. Many other intricate thoughts were woven in as well; spinning is for many a form of meditation. The process of weaving, creating and designing a piece is literally a painting of a picture with thread and yarn.

“A man’s action is only a picture book of his creed.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

So as we weave our cloth in life we are seen by the fabric, the pattern, and the methods we use to make that piece of cloth.

“When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. “ John F. Kennedy

With each progress report we call students parents or guardians to discuss issues and grades. I spoke with several over the phone back a week or so ago. I walked through my room after school that day reading a poster that has been hanging around now on my wall where ever I take up for 30 years, Children Learn what they live. While one weaves silk while another weaves burlap. Silk has many great attributes as does burlap and the applications and uses vary. To spin hemp into twine and weave the burlap is as much a skill as the artisans who weave the silk threads into cloth. The weaving and material made is not the issue but it is that weaving that is occurring. For it is that effort that is being made to produce a life that is so important.

“Understand clearly that when a great need appears a great use appears also; when there is small need there is small use; it is obvious, then, that full use is made of all things at all times according to the necessity thereof.” Dogen Kenji, Zen master

Recently I used the word direction and drew criticism from a teacher trying to explain that choosing a direction in a journey and not truly having a destination is sometimes a meaningless effort. For some just going is the norm. I always speak of the journey being more important versus the destination but there is a point to head towards. When building a house first you build walls you determine where doors and windows are needed and add them as you go. A really good builder knows ahead and plans for doors and windows and designed properly a house can have huge windows and great doors and movement in and out occurs continually.

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” Chief Seattle, 1854

Many years ago I was sitting alongside a fence in a field far away from houses and people and I watched a spider spin a web. We see webs all around I was told there are thousands of spiders per acre in any field. Many of the spiders are minute and nearly microscopic. Anyhow the spider climbed to a point and dropped leaving a strand of silk climbed and dropped and so forth building a base for her web. Next came the cross lines and soon a web was built over an hour or so in the process. We see webs and easily sweep them away but the design and care in making is engrained in the spider. Life is a weaving a spinning a web of sorts and yes so often is simply swept away. Occasionally someone will stand back in awe of the artistry if only we would take note every time. Please as we have already partaken of a day of thanksgiving continue giving thanks and keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts.


Bird Droppings November 7, 2011

“I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work the more of it I seem to have.” Coleman Cox

Over the past eleven years I have attended maybe thousands of sporting and or other school events. Some were entertaining and other exciting as students that I knew were actively involved in going beyond what most students do in their daily lives. Photographs freeze a brief piece of time and provide us with a reminder of that moment. I sat in the dugout with our softball team at a game as several of the girls were downing vast quantities of pixie sticks, those sugar rushes in a straw. As I looked back on photos some of those days later still make me laugh. A year or so ago a friend who is planning on being a teacher was crowned homecoming queen in a voting system that was essentially a write in not a popularity contest. Each student cast a ballot one vote for any senior girl. Many times being a nice person and friendly can pay off. I presented my friend with a photo book of her crowning.
My wife’s birthday falls during March Madness, the NCAA playoffs and having become a Georgia Tech fan with my son a graduate many the time I am watching games during her birthday. A few years back as a favor to her on her birthday I took a few moments away from March Madness, to go explore a mall nearby and at that time we had never been too. I always find th bookstore somehow. I was introduced indirectly to Chief Seattle several years back in an email from the same person who sent me the daffodil story I have used many times, if you do not recall that one look it up it is very good.
I received an email well over ten years ago recommending this author and suggesting a book. Kent Nerburn is the author of Small Graces, now on my favorite author list and as I searched for a copy I uncovered many more books each better than the last. This leads me back to my mall journey, there was a new Borders Store to explore of course this was back in the day. This particular mall has an ethnic flavor to it. When I asked for the Native American section as I am used too, a shelf was all that was to be found. Black History on the other hand was a large section in the store on its own.

“Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.” St. Francis de Sales

But as I searched among the twenty or thirty books that compromised that section of the store I found a real gem. It was one I had not found anywhere else, How Can one sell the air, a translation of Chief Seattle’s Vision”. In 1854 as the legend goes Dr. Henry Smith wrote down and transcribed the words as Chief Seattle spoke. The narrative is illustrated and edited by Ted Perry and William Arrowsmith. It is a four section book of few but powerful words.

“All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. 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, Suquamish Nation, 1854

As I read through headlines over the years one of a little girl brutally raped and killed, taken from her home. Another of a man who while awaiting trial kills a deputy and then three more people in his escape and now is claiming he was in a trance or a vision and trying to escape the death penalty in his trial through psychological means. Headlines of wars in the middle east where in one sentence we are bringing home troops and in the next adding more and still not recognizing every reason we went to war was a lie and still arguing over who started it and why. Another of accusing one country of deceit and yet we were the deceivers in our dealing with selling of arms to Iran from North Korea. One of my favorites is the old drilling offshore on our coasts and drilling in wilderness areas and trying to pass legislation conveniently as gas prices soar due to withholding production worldwide. I always find it interesting how oil is held in a few hands including many American companies. One last headline I recall very distinctly from that day in the mall nearly ten years ago and more close to home a woman who has had her feeding tube removed three or four times in heated political debate and family arguments pitting state against federal law and right to life against pro-choice.
What a convoluted world we live in. Yet as I rode to that mall and saw a huge complex built on retail, on consumers I realized as myself a teacher and growing up in a industrial town that no longer exists as industry went overseas we are a nation of consumers. Even this mall a huge complex now was started many years before halted and restarted several times all economic issues, I wonder if it would be built today. While a new exit on the interstate the original had for many years been more famous or infamous connected to the missing and lost children of Atlanta as several bodies were found here and it has now grown into a Mecca of retail. Interesting how we have come so far, now a massive memorial in retail to a few children, of course I am stretching the point. We so often jade over so fast cover up and alter redirect and reevaluate soon what really is have never been and none may ever know.

“We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and some part of our moral responsibility on earth is to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted” until such time as there are no more afflicted. Since the history of human affairs has given ample indication that there will never be such a time, we must continue to challenge those around us who would draw the lines of their human concerns at the boundaries of the own lives, consciousness, or front yards, and demand that they see the power their actions have for good and ill. Simply put, we cannot opt out of political decision-making, even if we choose to ignore the political process.” Kent Nerburn, Weblog Journal, November 16, 2004, A Bit of a Rant, or Maybe a Sermon

About five years ago a school bond was voted on in our county, we needed more physical facilities to deal with the rapid growth. The bond did pass but literally no one voted in that election. Only a handful of county voters went out and even there 37% voted against stating we did not need new schools and were saying use what we have better. I thought back to my first days in this building. I thought back to some my my time here our high school when it was built was for 1200 students we have had as many as 2180. We even added an additional wing and then we had the ninth grade in the old middle school and eventually built a new high school however while current housing situation has slowed, and growth here will still be 2-300 more students next year with projections. It is good we did build a new high school as well. I have wandered aimlessly this morning.
As I am looking back at my morning quotes, at an idea from St. Francis De Sales of having patience with all but knowing yourself that is a good idea to start with. Chief Seattle speaks to that idea that we are all connected in this great web of life. Kent Nerburn offers within our own ways we are political connected, we all have a voice and should use it for right or wrong as it is said stand up and be counted. We are all integral aspects of the web of life. I grew up with a severely disabled brother and have for most of my life worked with exceptional people as I think to that past situation in Florida I wonder at what point if in this same situation I would have been able to remove life support. I wonder when often what would I do in that situation or in so many others so many people face around the world. The paradoxes grow as today’s politicians argue over health care issues and candidates and others spin those ideas, riding the waves of public sentiment. I wonder how many plugs have been pulled without the Senate meeting and the president rushing home to sign a new bill.
I think to the title of Chief Seattle’s speech which was addressing in a narrative his stand on selling his tribal lands to the American government.

“How can one sell the air?”

Simple the right sales person in the right place with the right dollar amount or right negotiable item and anything can be sold is our current attitude. That’s what the salesmanship books tell us. It is officially fall and maybe I have as I sit here meandering about politics and ranting about this and that gone in far too many directions. We have serious issues at hand which could be political and or moral and going back to the first quote, it all starts with knowing yourself. It is then you move to the space around you and as Nerburn states, “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, until such time as there are no more afflicted.” We are comfortable let us strive for no more afflicted. Please in your daily thoughts as you comfortably make your way through the day keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts.

Looking for the passion

Bird Droppings August 18, 2011
Looking for the passion
“All games have an important and probably decisive influence on the destinies of the players under ordinary social conditions; but some offer more opportunities than others for life long careers and are more likely to involve innocent bystanders.” Dr. Eric Berne, The games people play
In a recent note I had written down a thought. Why are you passionate about your job? I started thinking and yes perhaps as I think I obsess too much. I may ponder as I call it over trivial thoughts for some meaningless dribble, little shadows that many simple never see. Can you be passionate about something any other way? Yesterday I filled in a form for a young man who was very obsessive in so much of his life, obsessive to a point of distraction from reality many times.
If you mention Jeff Gordon’s number and his eyes would light up and statistics would flow about this NASCAR race or that and this sponsor or that and soon you would wish you never mentioned Jeff Gordon. It is funny since you used that to get from another subject that he had been obsessed on. Technically it is called Obsessive compulsive Disorder or OCD. Could I see passion in that obsession or is there obsession in passion.

“All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. 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, recorded by Dr. Henry Smith, 1854

So often in life we do or say things that seemingly are independent thoughts sort of random utterances that mean only a bit to us as we pass in that moment. Yet the ripples the effects and flow of direction from that utterance can carry and evolve far beyond that moment. As in a game where one person manipulates a piece and often the other parties involved are unaware of strategy and plan and soon there is nothing left. I think back to that obsession and what may be said in meaningless thought pursuing a thought an idea that is driven from some physiological mechanism we do not control. Could it be that passion is mistaken for that an errant whisper and dream an obsession on a simple concept that is mistaken as true passion.

“Passion and prejudice govern the world, only under the name of reason.” John Wesley

“Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

It was perhaps John Wesley’s obsession that leads to his passion; the founder of the United Methodist Church, Wesley was an Anglican Priest who was methodical in his thinking. He often would have communion 30 times in a single day. He was often on his knees in prayer for hours on end or composing hymns and music as did his brother Charles. The web of life has so many strands all woven in and about. Was John Wesley a man obsessed or was he passionate about his calling. Hawthorne sees a different picture of man. He sees one of seemingly change, of personality differences and varying capabilities. Emerson’s thinks as I do that there is a close kinship between obsession and passion, a powerful spring but difficult to regulate.

“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.” Amiel, Journal, 17 December 1856

“Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.” Honoré de Balzac

“Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work.” Aldous Huxley

I look at how we see passion and conversely obsession and wonder if often the two are not synonymous sharing attributes of each other. Perhaps it is offering similarities within differences. It is easier to say you are passionate about your job than obsessed with it. It is far easier to except a passionate person than an obsessive one. Religion needed obsession to succeed as I look at Wesley and so many of the Saints yet passion for their beliefs is a more powerful and believable offering. In art I see Vincent Van Gogh who without his obsession would have never painted with the feverish pitch and effort that he did and his paintings today would not be selling for tens of millions of dollars, when in his life time they barely kept him alive. We see passion now when the poor girl he sent an ear to, saw obsession. Huxley seems to so easily change the tune with the atmosphere, we domesticate the passions. We turn that obsession into useful and meaningful work. Often in the game as I started passion is turned not against the passionate but for the person holding the hand.

“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.” Elbert Hubbard

I have known many who even take medication for OCD and you can tell when and how much they took based on their interactions. I wonder how we deal with passion do we manipulate and propagate as needed. Or do we simply medicate when not needed and push under the rug when the deed is completed and game won. It is such a difficult chore to ponder on passion. Do we have it or is it simply obsession? Please keep all in harm’s way in your heart and on your mind.

Healing is in all of us

Bird Droppings July 10, 2011
Healing is in all of us

“The first fact that distinguishes the human species from all others is that we are born too soon. We arrive incapable of taking care of ourselves for something like fifteen years.” Joseph Campbell, Pathways to bliss, 2004

It is so easy to get up knowing my children are safe and walk out into a morning unafraid, I have never been in the situation my parents were faced with my two younger brothers and me. Shortly after I was born they were unsure as young parents of the medical issues and why their new born was having seizures. I out grew that and moved on to polio at about three years of age and a few small minor other health issues in my childhood. My youngest brother also started with seizures and almost immediately the intensity increased and I think back to how my parents must have felt at that time especially as I sit holding and watching my grand daughter each day.
Watching my own children grow up with so few problems has been easy. A good friend has two small children one diagnosed with diabetes the other with health issues of their own. A few years past on a Monday a dear friend went in for brain surgery, not something that you volunteer to do, she knew that she may not walk away from it. But in this situation options were minimal, an aneurism on the main artery in her brain could rupture at any time and she would be gone. She had her surgery and survived and is doing fine.
There was calm this morning as I went outside with my dog. It was an uneasy calm, heavily overcast as if a storm is coming or maybe just a weather change, yet so peaceful and still. I was absorbed in the quiet, and the stillness, perhaps the storm will come. But perhaps the calm will stay and continue. I have a spot in the yard actually I call it a medicine circle where I often go to sit and to listen. As I sat birds were chattering about me along with a left over tree frog from last evening perhaps excited about the chances of rain and myself I was looking for answers and to what today would be for me.
I walked to my car after a few minutes and got my phone that I had left on the charger. At this time in the morning with little traffic in our neighborhood my front porch is a quiet resting spot as well. I sat down in the rocker and was listening. A buzzing or more humming sound caught my attention and I was face to face with a hummingbird. We started at each other for some time till the tiny bird flew off into the expanse of pines along side the road. A seeming coincidence but had I been a few minutes later or sooner no hummingbird, and those moments are for me is a part of my existence.

“Creative breakthroughs and prophetic knowing will become ordinary. Empathy and compassion will flower as a result of our deeper connection with one another. The awareness of immortality takes the pressure off living and dying. This will not happen automatically, however. We have to do our share and set our biases and prejudices aside. These are urgent matters.” Dr. Larry Dossey, Healing Words

It has been quite a few years since I first read Dr. Larry Dossey’s first book, myself coming from a seminarian background, my library is filled with books on prayer and the healing power of prayer. Everyday in the local paper articles and advertising for various churches allude to the power of prayer. There have been times in my own life when prayer was a significant issue. I recall my father telling the story of my brother lying in a bed at The Philadelphia Children’s hospital this was in the mid 1960’s and the head doctor Dr. C. Everett Koop (U.S. Surgeon General later 1981-1989) offering a prayer over John.
I recall a comment my father said years ago that Dr. Koop offered in all of his years in medicine and dealing with terminally ill children had he ever met anyone who refused prayer. Dr Larry Dossey in his work however is looking at prayer not only as a religious act but as healing intentions. Dossey even removes religious connotation from prayer as he looks at the power of prayer, in a California study where a group focused on the individuals and healing occurred.

“This is actually been tested in certain studies, and has achieved positive results. For example, at the University of California San Francisco Medical School, they actually tested healing intentions, which were initiated at a great distance by several individuals, for people with advanced AIDS. This was a double blind study. The people who received the healing intentions statistically did much better than people who did not. So this is not just fantasy. This is a valid phenomenon, which has been tested.” Dr. Larry Dossey

I am rambling a bit, a dear friend emailed back a few years back several incidents of healing and intuition recently, while she was a pastor in Delaware. A good friend would end his emails to me sending energy south. For a number of years now I have ended Bird Droppings with a simple line, please keep all in harms way on your mind and in your heart, each day. A very simple statement, as I sit and think imagine if we each would do this daily how profound an impact would that make on the world.

“We are made of prayers. With prayer we listen to what is important inside of us and all around us.” Navajo healer

“We are not alone. The spirits of those gone before guide our steps, our traditions, our beliefs. We are not alone. The care of those around us leads us to healing and wholeness and comfort. We are not alone.” Mohawk/Onondaga healer

“All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.” Chief Seattle

If we focus on those in harms way if we try and alleviate suffering and harm being done to others within our own realm of being, that will spread that will encompass soon all of mankind and the world will be touched. Today make it a point to keep all in harms way on your mind and in your heart and a special thought for a little girl in North Georgia and a local woman in Athens who just came out of surgery.

Doc Bird’s Herb Garden note:
I found this in a little book on one of my trips to Barnes and Nobles. It is from the book, Listening with your heart by Dr. Wayne Peate M.D. an Iroquois healer as well as a medical doctor.

A soothing tea:

8 fresh peppermint leaves
4 fresh strawberry leaves
2 cups of water
Crush leaves, place in a tea pot. Add boiling water and cover for ten minutes. Strain and serve. I am making some right now although my strawberry leaves are minimal I did have a lot of peppermint.

It is wonderful although I use a few drops of agave nectar in mine.

Watching a hawk fly by

Bird Droppings April 26, 2011
Watching a hawk fly by

I was able to attend part of a region track meet last week and in doing so took a few photos as I tend to do. Since I was not able to get to the meet till after school and since it started before school was out one of the team managers was taking pictures of some of the events I would miss. As I looked at photos of pole vaulting a thought crossed my mind in conjunction with a recent article by Ronald A. Wolk founder and former editor of Education Week.

“Standardization and uniformity may work with cars and computers, but it doesn’t work with humans. Today’s student body is the most diverse in history. An education system that treats all students alike denies that reality.” Ronald A Wolk

I reviewed my photos and talked with one of the coaches about a particular student who has really done well this year in pole vaulting. She had previously missed going to the state meet due to many misses as she vaulted.

“Standards don’t prepare students for anything; they are framework of expectations and educational objectives. Without the organization and processes to achieve them, they are worthless.” Ronald A. Wolk

I kept thinking to an event like pole vaulting and comparing to our current trend in education of raising the bar. The practice of making it harder to achieve a high school diploma for example is common place across the United States largely due to imposed federal standards and annual yearly performance guidelines set several years ago in NCLB. We set the bar up as high as possible and do not have the processes to make it to the bar. I could see in the pole vaulting contest where the high school state record may be fourteen feet and we set the bar at sixteen feet and believe all pole vaulters will now attain that level of skill by 2014 as we did in NCLB. Many athletes will quit pole vaulting. Ronald Wolk uses statistics from various states showing dropout rates that are increasing as an issue.
I have been pondering this concept of raising the bar for some time and now teachers are being fired for not attaining goals set by states and federal legislation. Perhaps the stress level in an elementary school in teachers and students when in Georgia it is CRCT time should be looked at as a significant factor in current education. If we deliberately stress little children over testing are we going the right direction?
I am working on several questions for my graduate school dissertation. In that process I will be heading to the University of Georgia Library this weekend to review some material. I recall a few months back as I was driving to the University in Athens and as I turned on the highway bypass towards the University a red tailed hawk flew over the road gliding by into a patch of pines. About three hundred yards further along the road a dead hawk was alongside the road and it appeared the hawk was trying to feed on a dead armadillo which had been hit by a car. The hawk becoming road kill as well. As I drove on I wondered if maybe this was a pair considering how close they were and if they had a nest and young and this might have been the reason to venture that close to highway. I have seen other times similar situations with dead hawks at road kill sites.

“What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected. You must teach the children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. This we know, the earth does not belong to man, and man belongs to the earth. “Chief Seattle

It has been many years since Chief Seattle spoke but his words ring true today. It may be that in our time that we so often take for granted all around us, the trees, animals and even other people. We live a life so self centered and focused on us we tend to miss so much. It was many years till man realized he was not the center of the universe and was really just somewhat an insignificant speck. I am sitting at my writing table typing on my laptop wondering about an interesting question. So many people see problems with public education and yet few offer solutions that seem to go in the right direction as I was mentioning in Wolk’s statements.
I have been reading numerous books on curriculum theory but I am waiting for a book on curriculum action to be published. Fifteen books are scattered about my table with each a different author and different idea how to solve issues in schools. A graduate school professor made a comment several months ago about how many curriculum theorists have moved to Canada to practice and to learn and do research. It is interesting in this world of we want to be the best that it seems Canadian schools want to get better. In Canada however they are looking for ways to improve beyond politics.
We have numerous laws and ideas but never seem to get better in a recent headline in the local newspaper title was, Students scores highlight disparity. In several systems mentioned nearly a third of eighth graders will be retained because of a test at the end of eighth grade. I wonder how they were at the end of seventh grade and beginning of eighth maybe we should do a sort of a pre-test and post-test thing. A simple practice that would actually give a better indication of learning and it seems we do not do that. We simply test at the end of eighth grade so we know this child is at this stage and knows this at this point but what did that child learn in eighth grade we still do not know.

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” Sydney J. Harris

It has been nearly eleven years since a fellow teacher first showed me a Sydney J. Harris column. So often as I watch people be it in school or out about in the community I notice that these people are a reflection of everything around them. Harris says we should be more like windows letting in not just reflecting back.

“Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.” Abraham Flexner

I wonder thinking back to my hawk flying by I hope if there are chicks they were along far enough to survive and as I think maybe it takes action on the part of parents who truly want a good education for their children. The really sad part is that many kids in today’s diversified world often do not have parents at home anymore and that puts stress on everything including tests and school. As I end today maybe we can all take a moment and try and please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your heart.