Monday, March 21, 2016

Dear Universe

I am tired of bureaucracies. I am tired of arbitrary rules and power.
Please send me a place I can work where I can serve and be of benefit --- without all the bull shit.

Gratefully yours,

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I got the best hug today.  It was one of those squeeze-you-tight-so-all-my-love-enters-into-your-soul kind of hugs.  This kind of hug is rare, but when you get one its impact is tremendous.

I can't help but wonder what the world would be like if each and every day we all got a hug like this.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Education is about learning how to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity.  It is about learning how to savor the quality of the journey.  It is about inquiry and deliberation.  It is about becoming critically minded and intellectually curious, and it is about learning how to frame and pursue your own educational aims." --Elliot Eisner
"Every time you speak the truth you're making justice in this world. . . . The doors you open others can come through."--George Ella Lyon

Saturday, September 17, 2011

"There is no way to peace.
Peace is the way."
--A.J. Muste

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Where I'm From

I am from hex signs,
from pretzels and Lebanon balogna.
I am from carpenter ants (black, hearty, like moving bits of blackberries along the front porch).
I am from the torrential summer rains, the still waters of Bernhart's Dam.
I am from diet Coke and prozac,
from Elsie and Leah.
I am from the laugh when you fall and the pick-you-up when you've fallen.
From be nice and damn, I'm good.
I am from He is Risen! Families are Forever, and I'm trying to be like Jesus.
I'm from Wernersville and Kutztown
Tastykakes and pork-n-sauerkraut, eaten every New Year's Day so that the year is filled with luck.
From the great-grandfather who lifted 100-lb barrels of pickles,
the grandmother who lifted elderly patients from beds to wash and bathe them.
I am from notebooks of names carefully gathered and documented--
the settlers of New York, the farmers of the Midwest and the Germans of Pennsylvania,
the land grant owners of New Mexico--
names plucked and preserved from the fruit of my family tree.

(c) tlm

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I'm reading Vygotsky's Thought and Language.  I love Vygotsky.  He's one of my academic heroes.  But . . . I have to admit, I love Mind in Society better.  I'm getting a little tired of Vygotsky analyzing other people's theories on thought and language.  I want to read what Vygotsky has to say on the matter.
It's like when I go to church . . . I get tired of people comparing our church to other churches.  I just want to hear about what we believe.