Once again, I'm going through boxes at my parents' house in an attempt to pare down my belongings here. I'm thinking I might even get rid of the vast majority of my barbie collection. I look at everything and realize that's not where my heart and mind are right now. On the other hand, following the path towards teaching means I don't know if I'll be able to recycle any more of my school notes. We'll see.
I've found a lot of little notes written to myself on scraps of paper. A few to share:
drink a mug of hot
do it backwards
That is a sunrise
Rob from Ohio read me a poem in response to my "If you love me, read me a story" shirt!!!
from a sheet of paper I received at a youth ministry drama workshop
When facilitating a group using creative expression (writing, dancing, theater, etc) . . .
* Build a trusting and respecting space (people must not make fun of other's ideas because this silences people and an important idea may be lost).
*Create en environment of fun and silliness -- this helps to break the tension and awkwardness. If everyone is being silly then the walls come down.
* Takes time and energy (DON'T GIVE UP)
* Listen to each other and respect each other. (Talk about this being the group's work together and the importance of everyone's contribution.)
* Wait for the special idea to come when creating a play/skit. (The talk circle works great for this; it allows everyone to have their moment of words.)
* Silence is not bad. Someone will begin to talk. Don't fill the space with words, as this may lead people to believe there is one leader of the group, which is not true. Everyone who is in the group has the same amount of power.
* Important to let the ideas come from the group (the whole point!)
Apparently, there is a strong historical convention for writing Xmas in place of Christmas. It is not an abomination to Christ nor an attempt to take Jesus out of Christmas. Rather, this abbreviation relates to the Greek letter chi and the use of this letter by printers as a way to save money. Xmas has been in use for several centuries! It should still be pronounced "Christmas."
Good history lesson there. Always fun to learn new things. Now, back to studying physics; I've got a killer final tonight. The semester of craziness is almost done! Finals wrap up by next Friday, and then I get a month of fun break where I can catch up my backlog and hopefully share a lot of pictures and stories from the last few months.
of the unintentional pun. My latest transgression, in a facebook status update:
I learned about floods in geology. Water is lots of fun :-) can I run off and be a hydrobiologist?
It took my cousin to point out: "Oh I thought that was just a play on words. Floods and runoff. But I guess you are serious."
And here I was talking about actually going back to school to study hydrobiology. I know, I know, I am already in school to study education and get my teaching license. But I am sorely tempted to move to Colorado and study water and biology.
In reading this weekend, I came across the word philtrum. I consider myself a savvy person, but I'd never heard of it. A body part never covered in various kindergarten and science classes? Color me amazed.
Turns out the philtrum is also known as the infranasal depression. In all my years of photographing myself, I've never concentrated on that area (as evidenced below). But now that I'm aware of what the Greeks consider the most erogenous spots on the body, I think I might pay a bit more attention to how the philtrum looks on different individuals.
I've been reading books since I can remember. One of the funny side effects is that you sometimes know the meaning of words that you can't pronounce.
For years, I've thought that "whinge" was a word something like wince. Don't ask me why. Recently, I've been reading some online forums where the word "whinge" is used a lot. I've always thought "do they mean whine? How bad can their spelling be?"
Only today did I realize that the Brits must spell "whine" differently. So I looked it up, and, yup, the British and Australians spell it "whinge," even though they pronounce the word the same way we do. Interesting.
I understand some people just aren't grammar sticklers. That's alright; I try not to say anything about it. (My secret confession is that I don't always proofread or remember every rule either.)
However, for those times when grammar is important, I've found a really nifty reference: Dr. Grammar's FAQ. Loads of little segments answering those ever-pressing grammar questions, like accept versus except (important distinction there!).
I have a feeling it'll come in handy, which is why I'm blogging about it. My blog: personal filing drawer for Leah's brain.