I love teaching! In my career as a classroom teacher I’ve taught kindergarten, 5th and 6th grade, elementary art and music, PE, English, Beginning French, Spanish, journalism and drama. After 35 years in the classroom I can honestly say that I have no favorite ages, subjects or classes; I just enjoy seeing the light of understanding dawn in a student’s eyes—the “Aha!” moment— when all of the pieces finally fall into place. I am also motivated by my desire to inspire a passion for lifelong learning in my students, that they would pursue knowing. Above all, I want my students to know God, because this knowing adds an eternal dimension to life.
Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom. Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits. Don’t let the rich brag of their riches. If you brag, brag of this and this only: That you understand and know me. I’m GOD, and I act in loyal love. I do what’s right and set things right and fair, and delight in those who do the same things. God, from The Message in Jeremiah chapter 9, verses 23 and 24
I love reading! I think my own passion for knowing has grown from my love for books. The books which have most inspired me, challenged me, and given me hope are: the Bible, children’s books, fairy tales, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, anything by C.S. Lewis, and the biographies of passionate people who loved the adventure of life and lived it well.
The road to knowledge begins with the turn of a page. Anonymous
I love words! I’ve been collecting quotes for years because of my fondness for the well-turned phrase. Some of my favorites:
On words: Words-so innocent and powerless as they are standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Good words are worth much and cost little. George Herbert
On faith: I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C. S. Lewis
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. C. S. Lewis
On life: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. Helen Keller
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller
As long as we wish for safety, we will have difficulty pursuing what matters. Peter Block
I love life! And I hope that the words, thoughts, and ideas that I share in the pages of this blog will help you to pursue what matters.