…If God is born like a little baby, God cannot walk or speak unless...– Henri J. M. Nouwen from The Road to Peace quoted in The Only Necessary Thing
"Revenge of the Introvert" →
Because extraversion is not the ‘desired state’ for all people, and introverts have their own superpowers to offer.
MOVING DAY!! AGAIN!!
The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful” people. But it...– David W. Orr (via grrrlstudies)
A few weeks ago I helped my friend corral her younger brothers at their track meet, making sure the right boy was at the right event at the right time. The oldest one and I were sitting in the stands, and though there was a decent selection of snacks, he was still complaining.
Boy: I want fruit snacks.
Sharayah: Too bad, we don't have them.
Boy: I deserve fruit snacks.
Sharayah: Really? What did you do to earn fruit snacks?
Boy: Well, I'm awesome.
Sharayah: Oh. Is that why I get fruit snacks everyday?
Boy: What?! No fair!
I'm going to be a great parent. ;)
Well, we have to finish the Mozart, cause I get a bust of the composer every...– My bass clarinet student
Mozart tells us what it’s like to be human, Beethoven tells us what it’s like to...– Douglas Adams
So the plan has been to do devo posts every Wednesday. For a while it was easy, and I had plenty to share saved up in my queue. But lately, it has been really difficult to hear God’s voice as I read and study. I’m great at gaining more head knowledge, but have not been doing well at allowing my life to be impacted and changed by what I read. Part of this, I think, is that there are...
I was attempting to teach an English lesson. We were talking about verbals and phrases, and I meant to ask my students, “Is ‘to do’ a direct object?” What I actually said was, “Is ‘to do’ an erect object?” Thankfully my students (all good, Christian girls) did not catch it. That was almost as embarrassing as when my friend and fellow classroom...
Rhythms are the kind of thing that makes me cry at night.– One of my clarinet students
Safety is the greatest risk of all, because safety leaves no room for miracles...– James McBride from Miracle at St. Anna
I guess it’s time for one of those vulnerable posts. I am having the hardest time coming up with posts for Tuesdays, when I typically share teaching stories. I love the students I work with, but we’ve also reached spring fever, and sometimes I want to scream, “JUST DO YOUR DARN GEOMETRY!!!” (I work in a Christian school.) I am very aware of the fact that my...
Of Dogs and Lizards: A Parable of Privilege →
st-rita: On the Difference Between Good Dogs and Dogs That Need a Newspaper Smack A man has the privilege of walking past a group of strange women without worrying about being catcalled, or leered at, or having sexual suggestions tossed at him. A pretty common male response to this point is “that’s a privilege? I would love if a group of women did that to me.” And that response, right there,...
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes...– Robert Frost
I recently read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It is basically about finding joy by recognizing God’s small gifts/romances to us. The author challenged herself to make a list of 1000 gifts from God, and documented that journey and the effect it had on her life and way of viewing the world. I have also started making a list. I recognize that joy is not a word I would use to...