When the budget is cut another ten percentAnd a new set of standards and tests are passedAnd after another lock down drillThey teach anyway When told to find just five more seatsFor thirty five in a room for twenty fiveFor kids coming to school hungryThey teach anyway When everyone is sent homeThen back againThen homeContinue reading “They Teach Anyway”
This is my favorite selection from the book.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. WeContinue reading “In Their Own Words”
This week’s essay is about the grandfather turtle.
This week’s essay explores concepts of patience, the odyssey of evolution, and our kinship with other species while I take a morning walk with a taunting songbird. “The odyssey of evolution is frenzied at times, but is afforded the luxury of eternity to conduct trial and error.”
In which we learn about the red-eyed vireo and the power of optimism. It’s a short little essay, but I think an important one. Please consider sharing this essay, and series, with others. Many thanks.
This week’s essay is a short one, at just 5 minutes, but an important one. This is the first one I wrote for the book (not knowing it at the time). It began with the drawing. Then the poem, which revelaed to me that there was a lesson to be learned from this little flower.Continue reading “Within These Woods: Large-Leafed Trillium”
My family has been fortunate throughout 2020. All are healthy and largely unaffected financially. The rest is unpleasent and stressful but temporary. I’m especially grateful to have both of my daughters home for Christmas for a couple of weeks. While they are here we’ve recorded this version of a Woody Guthrie song, Peace Call. LinneaContinue reading “Happy Holidays from the Goodwins”
We often seek strong leaders. It seems that during much of my memory, and maybe our country’s history we have admired and sought leaders that were “strong.” Though sometimes I think we have the wrong perception of what strength is. At some point we shifted from looking to strong leaders to strongmen as leaders. ThisContinue reading “The Courage to Compromise”