Sunday, August 24, 2014

what do teachers pray?

804 is ready
and this is my
prayer
for teachers and learners
from preschool to college
at
home, private or public -
Lord give us all
peace
eyes-wide-open
joy
laughter
wonder
compassion
wisdom
and
love
that you will be glorified
amen

what would you add to this list?

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Monday, August 11, 2014

on school and getting lost in the other

it's the new year again,
school starting up,
and the halls will hum with discourse on
teacher salaries
common core
student computers
free-breakfast procedures
locker breaks
how to handle cell phones
and
flipped classrooms
but on my wall,
in my classroom with the
always-working fluorescent lights
smart board connected to the brand new laptop computer
desk and computer for each student
heat pump just for room 804
and
restrooms-with-running-water just down the hall,
i'm going to post these pictures,
reminders of
what
matters
first
because sometimes i
get
lost
in
the
other

















how about you? what matters first in your calling? do you ever get lost in the other?

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Monday, August 4, 2014

basic

feeling thankful
this morning
and isn't this basic
to
the
walk?
i will give thanks to you, 
Lord
with all my heart; 
i will tell of all your 
wonderful 
deeds:
hank home from ten weeks of running and yes, drill sergeanting
a generous gift-that-helps-so-much
jack's wide smile 
husband in the kitchen
tomatoes and squash and cantaloupe and corn
dogs that guard the tomatoes and squash and cantaloupe and corn
sunrise, every day
and
music that points me to the one who 
gives
all
good 
gifts

what are your thankfuls today?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

on time and why i hate her

my second son, jack and his cousin, zoe
time,
that mercurial enemy,
is indifferent to
our toddlers' adorability*
the additional hours we want with our dads
graying hair
failing bodies
and
waiting
she pushes us headlong-and-fast into futures
we cannot fathom
and stands
utterly
still
when the wait is too much
and she never, ever
shows
us
mercy
in this moment?
i see toddlers grown
and
feel time slow as i wait, wait, wait
for the older to come home
and time?
she never, ever
shows
us
mercy

*(adorability is not a word? it should be.)

what is your relationship with time?

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