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August 30 Teaching

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It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

– Albert Eintein

Today I am thankful

  1. that a big part of my job is teaching.
  2. for my colleagues who aren’t satisfied with mediocrity.
  3. we’ve kept each other on our plan and haven’t strayed from shared our goal of getting better – bit by bit, week by week.
For what are you thankful?

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August 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

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August 22 Vectors

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Some days and weeks are worse than others; those are the ones where my mind must traverse a light year in Brownian motion. I get distracted, I find focus. I get dismayed, I find hope, then lose it again.

I am following a dead reckoning to nowhere in particular, and everywhere at once. It’s a chaotic mess, but somehow I find peace in it.

Today I am thankful

  1. for the open road of my mind’s travel.
  2. for access to fresh foods that sharpen my wit.
  3. for a soon to be clear vision of the future.
For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

August 22, 2011 at 7:45 am

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August 8 The Pen

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I took my own pen into the bank last week. I always do. I have this thing about bank pens – they freak me out. As I started to fill out the little slip of the obvious I noticed a drop of royal blue blood splash onto the counter. Then another, and another. My trusty pen was in the throws of a violent death, and it was trying to take me and the bank counter down with it. It ended quickly, thanks to the fast thinking of a helpful clerk who had seen her fair share of pen fatalities.

It was my first.

Today, I am thankful for

  1. the bank clerk and her bucket of handy ink-vanishing wipes.
  2. the time to learn a few new tunes.
  3. checking off the last of the week’s monstrous to-do list, just in time.
For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

August 8, 2011 at 7:00 am

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August 1 Information

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I’m an information junkie. I’m not alone, even the OED has recently overhauled the definition, the story told to us by James Gleick.

In their latest quarterly revision, December 2010, just posted, the entry for “information” is utterly overhauled. (The OED, in case you hadn’t noticed, has evolved into an enterprise of cyberspace, rather than a mere book.)

The renovation has turned a cottage into a palace. Information, n., now runs 9,400 words, the length of a novella. It is a sort of masterpiece—an adventure in cultural history. A century ago “information” did not have much resonance. It was a nothing word. “An item of training; an instruction.” Now (as people have been saying for fifty years) we are in the Information Age. Which, by the way, the OED defines for us in its dry-as-chili-powder prose: “the era in which the retrieval, management, and transmission of information, esp. by using computer technology, is a principal (commercial) activity.”

Information overload is quite real, and quite dangerous as it were. While we believe that immersing people in this pool of enlightenment holds great promise, we’ve found that exposure to ambiguous or mixed information can intensify opinions on a matter, not refine them. This presents what may prove to be the most significant challenge of our history, and the most exciting.

Today I am thankful

  1. that we live in interesting times.
  2. for access to information, all sorts, all times of day or night.
  3. for people who share and listen.
For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

August 1, 2011 at 6:36 am

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