God is great and greatly to be praised! I look forward to responding to online students’ 1st posts from a new (more reliable?) connection. Enough said.
What good is a Rocket that cannot fly? This is the question that I face for the last time. Though it appears commonplace, internet access from home is not a necessity. Call me a Luddite if you must, but I will blog via other means henceforth.
What is it about the first day of each semester that fills me with delight! It is always accompanied by frustration, disappointment and anxiety yet, it’s about the only thing I look forward to with genuine interest. I love the energy that precedes opening day. Often there are downloads from Spirit at midnight or dawn. Often I have a sense of being guided and companioned. Often there are discoveries and encounters that intrigue and engage more than my imagination. Today was one such day.
I might have been disappointed to discover the internet was down had I been more excited about the activities I’d planned, It could be quite a challenge to consider how one is to proceed in a class that meets once a week in class and the rest of the time online. Such news could have embarrassed someone else who’d invited a book representative to introduce the learning platform we are piloting this semester. Fortunately, I am disciplined and discipled by One Who never leaves nor forsakes me and into whose care I place each student and semester earlier and more genuinely each year. It gave me time to relax, check my agenda, and shift much of the focus onto the students processing of the information that they’d be getting without visuals. About midway through the class, a technician entered and left with a promise to return with a solution to the problem, leaving us in operable condition with the book reps laptop connected and projecting. After class, for the first time in my 20 years of teaching, two students, one serving as the week’s Oracle (note-taker) followed me to the office and cleared up whatever lingering questions they had promising to pass it on to all who signed the contact list. Nice work if you can get it.
A friend sent a link to this interview with the surgeon general with the admonition that I should try not to laugh. This was my response to the issue of folk using hair as an excuse not to exercise:
Now you know as well as I do that if people want an excuse not to do something they’ll use anything and if they want to do something nothing will get in their way. I ‘hid’ behind the hair excuse, still do. But the fig leaf is soooo small that I’m not even kidding myself. The simple fact of the matter is I just have no reason to forgo exercise so I grasp at straws and say my hair keeps me from exercising. It sounds so much more reasonable and so less humiliating than saying, “I’d rather look slovenly, die young and stay in bed“.
A good laugh should be had by everyone on their way TO the gym!
I attended an introductory lecture on essential oils given by a wonderful DoTerra consultant. Each month I try something new so I can speak first hand about my experience with each product. This month my adventure was the skin care line. Generally a three-step person, I was skeptical about using the tightening serum which represented the third in a four-step, twice daily facial cleansing regimen. Spoiled by the fragrant additives in department store cleansers, I was initially unphased by the organic smell of this product line. In fact, I was ready to make a gift of the whole set after using it only once.
Fortunately for me, I was out of time after washing my face and had to apply my lip gloss in the car. What I discovered there appeared to be bordering on the miraculous for no sooner had I flipped the visor and opened the mirror to apply my gloss than I realized the lines around my cheek area had already disappeared – even in the harsh afternoon light. Needless to say I’m keeping the cleansing kit and adding it to my list of great finds in this product line. Love the learning. Then, pass it on!
I was so excited about attending a webinar on getting rid of clutter, I logged on a week early. Today, in that much hoped for webinar, Bev Hitchins, creator of ALIGN A Unique and Integrative Approach to Clutter and Balance, asked the following pointed questions:
Do you love it? Does it raise your spirits when you look at it and think about it? Do you use it? If not, why are you holding onto it?
She provided guidance and encouragement for entering this daily, ongoing process and consciousness that ultimately makes room for each of us to fulfill the purpose God intended. I love that she included writing daily and listening to ourselves and others as strategies for achieving and maintaining balance between our inherently creative and organized selves.
Imagine how the world would change if each one of us spent quiet time in the company of Our Creator and lived with passion on purpose!
A friend of 20+ years, and colleague for the most recent two, albeit at a different institution, asked me how I came up with the ideas I use to design curricula or introduce a new semester. I tried to explain that I ask God and He answers. For some reason that answer didn’t seem as simple and direct to her as it did to me so I elaborated.
Sometimes, before I go to sleep at night, I tell the Lord what I’m thinking about, puzzling over, hoping to muddle through, and in the morning when I wake up, or sometime later in the day or week, an idea presents itself and I use it.
Or at least I believe I said something along those lines and then emailed her my syllabus, a discussion board from the most recent semester with open-ended instructions and a rubric for how I graded one of the standing assignments in each class, the Legacy. This last assignment, considered a capstone essay, is a 500-word letter to the next class detailing how each student learned what s/he believe s/he learned along with samples in an ePortfolio in support of their claims for having mastered the various course objectives. Gratefully, ideas come like manna from heaven and have done so for the past 20 or so years.
I have a Father
He is a King
He has a kingdom
And it includes me!
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