Friday, March 12, 2004

SharePoint Technology News
What is SharePoint? Do we need this for the future of what is to come in a microsoft world? Why are we so very far behind in education?
Friday Five. It is friday. It is free day in my room. The students can do anything they want today.

1. What was the last song you heard? Moby - Whispering Wind

2. What were the last two movies you saw? - Saw part of Heat (Deniro, Kilmer), Saw part of Top Gun (maverick and goose) last night. At the theater LOTR and can't remember

3. What were the last three things you purchased? MOP shampoo and conditionare and styling stuff - yesterday after noon. Not counting the 2 dozen doughnuts this morning...

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend? Blow glass, grind glass, clean the barn, clean the garage

5. Who are the last five people you talked to? faceless, nameless students.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

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I think this site is a joke. I am not sure. Better look. go there now.
Plan for the week ahead. I think we have a schedule for the glass studio. It looks to be a good one. I think we are going to take a day and clean up the yard too. We have a lot to move around and get organized. I am going to try to get a pathway poured too. I think it will help to have a clean solid walkway down to the barn. I have a family of young men who do work for us from time to time and hope they can come out and do the grunt work.
Cleaning and grinding of pieces too. We need to get some pieces boxed up and ready in case we make it in the Paseo show. We have a bunch of stuff that can go on a $10 table. I am not sure what people will want either.
Once again putting off class work for the university. I know that once I jump in and get it done it will not be too bad. It is just getting to the point of doing it. It is like swimming at 6:30 a.m. The water is cold. It is inevitable. Just do it.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

How do you stay calm in the middle of a storm? Where do you go inside to protect yourself from the debris? First time in while that I have had a student be abrasive. "I hate this class and I hate the teacher." Ask a question and get "why?" in response. I tried to let it wash over me. Do not let it stir any reaction. Smile and say thank you. Yes it is offensive but thank you for sharing. Answer a question with "why?" Another one asked if I were a Buddhist because I was being so peaceful.
That then begs for an answer. I do not know what I am. Many things I suppose. Can one be all things. Can one take things from everything and combine it to one? Does one need to only have devotion to one philosophy? I understand that a committment to one belief system will allow the individual to become totally emerged in that way. With that way of being transforming the individual because of the complete faith. When we take something of a philosophy without completely understanding the whole of the thing it is therefore lessened. Taking a part, perhaps the best parts, out of context then the system becomes bastardized. But often we only take what we like the leave the rest. How many of us really accept the whole of the belief system to which we ascribe?
Is it possible to be a christian, taoist, muslim, jew, krishna, animist, aboriginal, universalist? and who would want too? I know some people active in this project. Interesting stuff.
I am not questioning my faith, or any one elses. Just the nature of the faith. I heard once that you have to question. In questioning you really learn what you believe. In knowing what we believe we grow.
Things to ponder on this glorious day instead of studying for a test this afternoon.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

All this time I have been thinking the Karma Grrl was into going into grave yards and looking at headstones. There is a great one over at the Rose Lawn at Western and Grand. D'eath. it is a huge, red abstract thing. One of my favorite tombs.
I have too much homework. I think I will be busy over Spring Break just catching up. Sometimes I wish I were more dedicated. Putting off work to surf on the blog, to drive around, to blow glass, to eat, to sleep, to just watch tv, to do anything except the things that are required.

Monday, March 08, 2004

I made a post on Friday and it did not show. It was a cool website link. I do not know why it disappered.
Wondering? Can I really sound like Carrie with questions in a blog? She could come up with such cool things to say that would encase an entire episode. Crazy.
How about the bear? What does that mean. I am reminded of Ghost Dog again. The bear. You do not see many of those big black bears anymore. Is that why you shoot them? The Bear in ancient cultures was equal to man. Is the bear within us? Is it the manifestation of what we wish to become? Can we let loose the bear within to be tribal in an individual society? Where is the clan, i.e. family, in realtion to the bear? What medicine does the bear bring? Healing of the heart, healing of the soul. The bear is the healer. The bear brings together again those things that have been torn from us. The medicine of the bear is the root. Perhaps he is there to show us the root of the problem, the causes, the things which grow from the seeds.
They say then that the seeds we nourish withus are the seeds that grow. We can choose to water and nurture the seeds of love, peace, harmony, equinimity within and without us. We can choose to grow the seeds of hatred, anger and discontent and those are the ones which will grow and foster. Choose. All the seeds are within us. It is up to us as individuals and as a group, a society, a clan to grow the seeds of change within each other. Which seeds do I show you by example?