Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Guest House by Jelalludin Rumi

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who … Continue reading

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Aye matey– you mingy rapscallions, gawping panjandrums, churls, dastards, and varlets

Today a student came into class and said that today is International Talk like a Pirate Day. We looked it up on Google and in fact it is real. Having read Haroun and the Sea of Stories filled with words … Continue reading

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Recycling: Washi Tales— transforming

Recycling: Washi Tales opened last night at the Krannert Center in Champaign. It was a transformative theatrical experience, poetic, magical. This drama took the audience on an historical and process-focused journey of what it means to make paper and pushing … Continue reading

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Not enough time to hear all they had to say

On Fridays we have extended advisory where we usually have breakfast brought by a different advisee. Due to my forgetfulness, we forgot to assign someone for this morning so we all decided to potluck it. As we sat around the … Continue reading

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Message obvious. Accountability not.

Yesterday I had several errands to run after school. At the first stop, an arts supply store, I smelled a burnt plasticky smell. At first I thought there was something wrong with the car. At the next stop, several miles … Continue reading

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The aesthetics of anal retention

Each teacher at our school has a small group of advisees for whom we are advocates. Each grade level has certain goals and issues to address with their advisees, one of which is to help 8th graders become more organized. … Continue reading

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For whom the bell tolls

Yesterday, JB and I wandered through the Chicago Botanical Gardens early in the morning. We hadn’t realized it until we arrived, but at 7:45am, carillon player James Fackenthal played “In Memoriam,” followed by a bell toll for each person who … Continue reading

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Great irony, historical synchronicity, opportunity

Jitish Kallat, an Indian artist, has created a provocative site- specific piece, Public Notice 3, at the Art Institute of Chicago which opened on September 11 last year and will remain on display until today, September 11, 2011. Kallat has … Continue reading

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“The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver

Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean— the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, … Continue reading

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What “this” is…

This was the first week back to school with the students and I am utterly exhausted this evening. There was a glimmer today of a real connection between us. There was a glimmer today of something real. We had finished … Continue reading

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