We live in a chocolate world.
We live in a chocolate world.
For more than a generation Fred Rogers entreated every adult within earshot of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to find ways to spend quality time with their young person each and every day. Mister Rogers would never steer us wrong. He was speaking to a deep societal need; adults need to take a proactive role in early childhood development. Many a grownup heeded Mister Rogers’ words and as a result the world of parenting looks a lot different from the early days of Public Television.
This week teacher Josie Haley takes over as guest blogger and shares with us her take on online learning; the unique advantages it offers to public educators, the learning process as a teacher and a few tips in how to make the most of this learning experience.
As human beings we are hardwired for self-preservation. When we feel physically or emotionally damaged our first instinct is respond in kind, but as rational beings we heed the call of societal strictures and abstain from acts of vengeance. Our only recourse is to internalize our resentment or release it through forgiveness. The first option seems the most common default position. Bitterness and resentment for a wrong done to us is frequently instantaneous. Forgiveness, on the other hand, is far from second nature.
Human beings are storytelling creatures, whether we are all comfortable with that idea or not. Storytelling is one of the most primal aspects of human nature. We use stories to make sense of our place in the world, our workplaces, our homes and our relationships. The stories we tell others and ourselves define who and what we are.
But are we all natural storytellers? Clearly some of us are more adept storytellers than others which is why some stories prove the test of time while others are consigned to oblivion.
When you were young, you were probably expected to take up a musical instrument as part of the public school curriculum or under duress from an adult in the family. We’re told learning an instrument will help us build confidence, explore untapped talent and (particularly in the case of band or orchestra) teach us valuable lessons about collaborating with others. The truth of the matter is few of us stuck with an instrument past the bounds of puberty though many of us were told; “Don’t quit playing—you’ll regret it as an adult if you do!” Or some similarly worded chide.
Holidays are all about tradition, those we carry with us and refine each passing year. Case in point, the holiday cookie box. You know the ones—they overflow with a stunning variety of cookies, from gingerbread to shortbread, butterballs to chocolate drops.
The pie is a cornerstone of the civilized world.
Disagree? Consider that pies, both savory and sweet, have been a dietary staple going back to the pre-industrialized world. Pies date back to ancient Egypt, and perhaps earlier. Pies bring not only delightful flavors together, but people, families and communities.
The term “Photoshopped” is now a common word in our contemporary vernacular. Photoshopped images surround us daily in advertising and even news media. Like radio, film and television before it, Photoshop quickly became a tool easily misused, if not abused. The preponderance of Photoshopped images makes discerning fact from fiction more challenging than ever.
By Cole Hornaday
For many, expressing oneself in writing is an exercise of abject horror. The very act of wrestling one’s words into print, then wrangling them into grammatically appropriate attire so they may be trotted out and paraded before others is daunting to many and terrifying to most.
Natural-born writers are out there in the world, but they’re not born every day. Like athletes, they need training and practice. And they need tools to keep their writing in tune.