It is that time of year when I like to recognize the educators who give of themselves without any expectations in return. I spent most of my working days in school and met some of the most caring and giving people who made a difference in so many lives. People are amazed when they read about teacher/hero Victoria Soto who died protecting her students in Sandy Hook several years ago. It didn't surprise me at all, because most of the teachers that I had the honor of working with through the years would have done the same thing. They wouldn't have done it because they thought it out and decided it was the thing to do, but they would have followed the very instinct that keeps them in the classroom. The knowledge that children need more from them then a lesson in English or mathematics is what helps push them through when politicians use them as the "fall guy." No teacher is there for the accolades, and few are ever really properly appreciated.
I went through my high school yearbook today and tried to remember my teachers. I remembered a few but am sorry to say I never properly thanked them. Most, if not all, are most certainly gone by now, and I regret not telling them how they changed my life. I am lucky enough to live in the time of Facebook and have heard from several of my thoughtful, wonderful former students. They will never know how much their kind words have meant to me, but I do try to thank them every year for their words...and the difference that knowing them has made in my life.
The books I read/reviewed this week were both entertaining and thought provoking. Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life by Eva Melusine Thieme was a great memoir written by a woman who followed her dream. I couldn't have done what she did, but I truly enjoyed going along with her from my sofa. It is a funny and informative book that made me think about my bucket list.
Flash by Tim Tigner was one of those books I couldn't put down. Loss of memory is upsetting enough for most people, but imagine having the ability to rob people of years of their memories, and choosing to do it for profit. Think about the ways our world would change if key people were to suddenly forget the last year or two...or six.
Definitely a book that kept me up at night as I tried to read "just one more chapter."
Happy holidays to everyone. I hope you enjoy whichever holiday that you celebrate, and make sure that you tell the special people in your life that they are special.
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