Before teaching my first classes of the summer session, my friend Janet said, "I'd wish you 'good luck,' but you don't need luck. You have experience." We agreed that phrase wouldn't work and decided to start a new trend with a different saying. We came up with a more appropriate sentiment from the French, 'bon courage,' which literally means 'good courage,' or 'have courage.' 'Courage' can also mean 'heart,' as in 'perdre courage' or to lose heart.
I have nothing against…Continue
Yesterday southern California experienced high temperatures that were unusual for this time of year when it should be cool and rainy. Today and this coming week, more of the same blue sky and 75 degrees. I say this not to torture anyone feeling trapped and cold this January of 2011 or to complain. The weather feels great and odd. It will revert to its natural rhythm eventually. Some students and teachers will come to school sick. This is the usual pattern.
It feels like an…
When you feel bad, you may experience a sense of powerlessness over your body that can leave you feeling like a shell of a person, as though your spirit has abandoned your life and refused to live in it any longer. This is the first salt in the morning and the last at night.
After you've finished raging at your shortcomings and reaching out for help, you finally stand up and decide to go on with the realization that your priorities have changed. The things you thought you…Continue