A public school teacher for 33 1/2 years, I’ve spent my life trying to help others improve their lives. I’ve worked with middle school aged adolescents and high school age young adults. I was trained in English and special education. After retiring from public school I worked for 5 years at the community college level teaching basic writing instruction. I stopped doing that when I discovered that I was working harder than my students. I have also been employed in a variety of part time jobs from H & R Block, doing income taxes, clerking in a hardware store, a sporting goods store and managing a coffee shop. Now I’m in Florida on a new adventure, supporting my wife’s teaching career, and developing my writing life when I’m not sweating the Florida environment.
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Three FiltersIs it True? Is it Kind? Is it Necessary?
Mark TwainThe two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.
Thich Nhat HanhWhen you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet, if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them,they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
Abraham MaslowA musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.
Lao TzuTo a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.