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Continuing Education

Day 352…

Today I am meeting with my supervisor and the intern supervisors. This the first time we’ve been together like this and I’m looking forward to it.  Last spring with 54 interns, I  sometimes felt pulled in 54 different ways.

In addition to this meeting, I realize that having spent the summer with teenagers in the community garden program, watching their interactions, their moods, and their interests, I am now more prepared to help the middle school and high school interns.   Most of my own public school teaching was in the elementary schools, and I have needed more experience with teenagers.

I begin today with new ideas and energy and the desire to continue opening to the opportunities around me.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.  ~John Dewey

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.  ~Alvin Toffler

Writing topic:  Life-long learning

Are You My Mother?

Day 322…

Yesterday was consumed with how to move forward on my art project.  I went to Farmer’s Market to be inspired by the creativity I knew I could find there, only to begin thinking about what kind of refreshments to serve at book club this week when we discuss The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I sampled tea cakes and checked out the local available produce.  What would ladies eat at bridge club in 1963?  These were thoughts my mother must have had.

Next, I crossed the street to the Barnwell Center to see the area’s public school art teachers exhibit.  Maybe I could find ideas there.  The Barnwell, however, was closed.  A sign on the door said the air-conditioner was out.  I was back in the book’s setting, the summertime South without air-conditioning.

This book club project was “interfering” with my art project focus.

I went from one craft store to another and left both completely overwhelmed and clueless.

Calm down, Laura.  Quit worrying about the “how” of this project and concentrate on the “what.”

Time to head to the little shop in my neighborhood in search of a fertility goddess.  Within five minutes of being in the Peace of Mind Center I had three to choose from.  It was about abundance, I reasoned, and bought all three.

The whole day was the “what” of my project.  What the Vagina Monologues means to me.  The claiming of my sacred feminine.

Writing topic:  Sacred Feminine

Memorial Day 2011

Day 283…

A traditional end-of-the-school-year-beginning-of-summer-vacation kind of day.

I sit in my renewed garden to welcome it.

What was the “sin” that banished the first couple from the original garden?  Wanting to possess God’s wisdom?  Breathe, Laura.  You have what you need.  Unfolding flowers.  A gentle breeze.  A serenade from the neighborhood birds.  A cup of tea.  You are on holy ground.

Last night I learned that my niece Avery is engaged…

Life is good.

Writing topic:  Another new day

And Again

Day 248…

So my Sunday was a lot like Saturday.  Grading projects, working on an Artbreak display, drinking lots more water and reading my book.   And last night I lay in bed full of satsifying experience.  This morning I’m ready to begin again.

I like this balance.  Staying in the present, tending to what’s in front of me.  I’m not dwelling on past regrets or future concerns. (Except the occasional distraction with this kidney stone thing)

This week  is Artbreak.  Five days of back to back sessions with third graders from three school districts followed by a weekend free to the public.  This will be a good week for staying present.

Nothing is worth more than this day.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.  ~Abraham Maslow

Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.  ~Jean de la Bruyere

If you have one eye on yesterday, and one eye on tomorrow, you’re going to be cockeyed today.  ~Author Unknown

Writing topic:  Staying present