Sure, headlines these days are not generally constructed to make you smile… (with the exceptions of Governor Gavin Newson handily beating the likes of talk show hosts & reality stars). Most headlines these days grab my stomach and twist it tighter. Flood, drought, misinformation, cynicism, division all churned into fear dominate every media push. But there is a Good News Movement that is shaking the negativity off for a few wonderful moments. Not to ignore the ills, but in the spirit of shifting the focus, I thought I’d share my Good News of the week. Of course that starts with my favorite activity…
In the early light, is there anything that holds more promise than a school building? Students arrive via bus or car or bike or foot, teachers too, all bringing a tangible energy, filled with all the opportunity in this day. I always smile driving up the hill to this grand building, the original section completed in 1928. I have spent nearly 3 decades working here, discussing story and craft and everything in between with students from 9th grade to 12th. This year that hopeful energy is even more palatable, because we are back full-time and in-person doing whatever is needed to keep our community safe, even graciously donning a mask. Heroes if you ask me as sacrifice has become the norm.
After one week back in school, I thought it best to relax tonight and repost a favorite from 2016. I do hope you enjoy slipping back into memory with me. xxoo
Church was like my foot. It was always there and my mother made sure we were properly scrubbed up for the event. Nothing prevented our going. Even when my father announced that until the Catholics returned to Latin he would not attend mass, we did. Even when the entire hour became an uncomfortable ritual of handshakes and peace kisses, we went.
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