When life throws you lemons, thank it for the snack

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Local Library

I am so happy the public library was conceived and I am glad that our local library is now moved into a larger space. This afternoon I can watch my daughter and her friend as they do their homework, while working on my daughter's Christmas dress at the same time. I love being able to spread out to cut the fabric. While I sometimes think it is sad that so few people frequent the library, I am also grateful that there is still room to spread out. Oh, I can also take a minute to post this blog from the computers available for public use. :-) Kudos to Ben Franklin and all the library advocates out there!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Please guide my hand, give me strength, and bestow your grace upon me. I ask that you help me find those most precious virtues of patience and forgiveness as I navigate my way through this day filled with encounters with many of your other children. Thank you, dear Lord, for your patience and willingness to hear my plea and aid me in my journey of self-improvement. Amen.

My Night Class Students

Right now I am so very grateful for the patience and understanding of my students attending my night class. I am very behind in my grading and other various paperwork, but they seem to be tolerant enough to not push me. Every once in a while I get a gentle reminder that I haven't graded anything or handed back any graded papers in a long while. They tend to stay on task a little more often, as well. This inspires me regularly to hold onto my life goal: my PhD in educational psychology with an emphasis on adult education. I don't like to see any group of people forgotten, and adult students are the most glossed over group of people in academia. We have years of research in teaching babies through teenagers, but then the research stops. I suppose education experts assume that adults who want to learn will learn; apparently adults don't have particular or specific learning needs and any technique chosen to convey information is interchangeable with any other.