IndiGlow - The Ordinary Illuminated

IndiGlow - The Ordinary Illuminated

Summer Time Teachings

Monday, June 01, 2015

In the words of the great Alice Cooper, "School's out for summer."  For most of us that is now true. 

But, not for me.  I'll be getting those recent high school grads in just a couple of days.

A few of my colleagues and non-teacher friends moan when I say I am going back quickly after finishing up my yearly semester to begin summer semester.

But really, I don't mind.  I actually dig it.  In the summer, I usually only amass a dozen or less students, compared to the 25 I have to wrangle in the Fall.  In the Fall I teach all the Composition classes you knew and loved, a few literature classes, but mostly writingwritingwriting.

I teach more than English though.  I teach (and study) human nature.  And that nature, although the human does not, changes with every single semester.  Quite possibly, daily.  They would like to tell you that people's behaviors, outlooks, opinions can't possibly change that often or that quickly, but, oh, my friend, they do.

Think about it.  We are constantly globally connected.  We can't go a day without some mention of a political statement, or what some family has been hiding, or even to what extent Kanye smiled.  We are constantly connected to our smart phones, and that is not very smart.

When I was in college (and in grad school), I had a TV but it wasn't connected to anything but an old VCR.  In the mornings, I put on a CD (usually Tori Amos) and drank some coffee (usually French).  If I had down-time at night, I watched a favorite movie.  Smart phones did not exist.  If I needed to research something, I went to the library, the one with paper books, and shelves, and card catalogs, and librarians with an  extensive knowledge on the history of everything.

Smart phones are nice, but so is human interaction, which brings me back to teaching summer school.  Right now I have 6 students signed up to take my Introduction to Literature class.  I will spend 3 hours twice a week with 6 people.  Tell me we won't get to know each other in all the uncomfortable ways.  We're going to talk about words and why someone a hundred years ago needed to write them.  We are going to talk about words and why we need to choose them wisely. We are going to talk about trees and why a tree is never just a tree!  We are going to sit with our metaphors and look at the leaves and the sky.  We are going to listen to birds and probably traffic.  We are going to talk to each other.

If you happen to need Introduction to Literature, or maybe you just want to talk about trees that aren't trees, look me up. I'll be in Room 504.  I have a view of the river, the bridge, and the Farmer's Market.  I have 6  people talking to each other.

"Energy cannot be created or destroyed,

Monday, April 15, 2013

 it can only be changed from one form to another.”      ― Albert Einstein

This weekend during our Yoga Teacher Training program we continued our discussions on the subtle energies of the body and consciousness.  That inner-light of awareness (consciousness; the soul; the purusha) is something we all share...riding around inside of our individual 'organic body suits.'  We know the physical body has a will expire someday, but the essence of who we are (the True Self) is timeless, changeless, and eternal.  

Part of what makes the practice of yoga so special to me is the opportunity to connect with, acknowledge and honor that sacred light of being within each of us.  When we bow to each other and offer the greeting of "Namaste" we are taking a moment to deeply appreciate that one-ness we all share.  While we're all unique in so many ways, at the very heart of each of us...we are one.



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