|Spring cleaning with |
|Presentations of awards|
|Every Little Step: Last |
film of the year in the
|Last chance for glory|
But life just isn't the same without students! In our final classes, we're going to discuss strategies for keeping English alive during the long summer vacation. Maybe I'll do a newsletter or blog just for the students. We'll see what social events might be possible--I know that at least one musical group composed of students is planning to make their public debut in a couple of weeks; I hope to be there to cheer them on.
The hardest part will be saying goodbye to the graduating fifth-year students, some of whom I've known since their first year. Last summer I had to be in Oregon at the time of the Final Bell; this year, at least I can say goodbye in person.
Not all of my classroom ideas turn out to be perfect. Occasionally I show films, and of course I want those films to be educational, not just entertaining. But as much as I personally loved The Fog of War, for example, I'm not sure that the students caught my enthusiasm for the film and its excellent English! (The fact that I worked half an hour to get the external subtitles to work with the DVD may have cooled their eagerness, too.) But I think I more than made up for it with Every Little Step, a fantastic documentary about the origins of the Broadway show A Chorus Line, and the process of recruiting and rehearsing a whole new cast for its revival in 2006. We'll see the second half of the film tomorrow.
Inevitably, I'm thinking about the passage of time. As I get older, two opposite things happen: I know more and more people, and I knew fewer and fewer people. I get a lot of comfort from both! The longer I live, the more interesting people I come to know--and it is simply wonderful how we can be helpful to each other across oceans and borders and languages. I get a secret thrill when I can connect two people to each other, knowing that each will gladly give something that the other needs, and I had the honor of making the introduction!! This I could rarely do a quarter century ago.
On the other hand, as I survey the world of Quaker activism (among evangelicals, liberals, everywhere), there are so many names I don't recognize! Some of them are young enough to be my children!! And many of them are saying excellent things, giving every evidence that their contribution to the world of Friends, and the vital cross-fertilization of evangelism and social justice, will be marvelous.
I also think about people who are no longer with us. The Internet has completely changed our expectations about access to information--but not all information becomes automatically accessible. I've become accustomed to being able to supplement a letter about some subject with hyperlinks to more information, but, honestly, when Gordon Browne died, it was a shock to find how little there was online to link to, in comparison to the floods of data available about people alive today who are unlikely to do 10% of what Gordon did for the world. Maybe it's time to revive and enhance the old Quaker tradition of the memorial minute, with encouragement to make them available online somehow.
Just to name one example: I really miss Howard Segars of Beacon Hill Meeting, and I wish there were more about him online.
Final bell for "hello, I'm a Mac" and "I'm a PC."
Young Adult Friends gather in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
"If someone asked you to define the Gospel concisely, what would you say?" (Also see Scott McKnight's "Viral Gospel.")
"I want justice, I want fairness, that's all I want."
"I am the only Quaker I know who talks about a return of the military draft in a positive way."
Ask the U.S. Congress to give the Red Cross access to detainees.
The new Linux Mint 9: a review and responses. My main reaction--everything seems faster.
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks visit KGON in Portland, Oregon.