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Little Gems
December 16, 2011

I’m still looking through old papers, and today I found a story I wrote when I was seven, about a man and his “time machene”. Spelling was clearly not my forte.

In my story, a man buys a time machine for $200 and travels back to see how the earth was formed. The gem? “He kept inspecting the ground. It looked like a very hot cloud rounded into a ball and hardened into Earth.”

Can you tell that I was the kid who read every astronomy book in the library?

Other gems from tonight’s readings.

–Second grade award for “excellent student”, “Miss Summer Sausage Queen” (had the same lunch every day) and “Most Fun to Tease”. The last one there seems like a cruel joke since I remember being bullied a lot in elementary school and having no friends that year.

I’m not nearly finished clearing out the old (and hopefully filing the stuff I’m keeping), but I did realize one thing – we, humans, are amazing for the capacity we have to learn and grow. I can’t believe who I’ve become today after looking back on those childhood and teenage memories. It reminds me that I need to be patient and more understanding when it comes to working with my students. They’re all growing too, at different rates in different areas and the best thing I can do is be there for them when they need someone and encourage them to work hard and enjoy what they’re doing. A lot of the things I’ve kept over the years have been notes from my teachers. I may not be able to tell you what I learned in their class, but I can remember their faces and the support they gave me in whatever I was doing. I hope I can do the same.

Avatar: The Last Airbender
July 13, 2010

No, not the movie. Sorry folks, I refuse to see “The Last Airbender” until it’s out on Netflix or something.

Also (and don’t kill me just yet) I hadn’t seen the series until two days ago. That’s right. Somehow in the busy bustle of life, I missed out on Avatar. The good news is, I’m working to redeem myself. I’ve seen….6 episodes or so in the last two days. I can’t get enough of this series. Why didn’t anyone tell me it was so good! Seriously. I’ve heard good things, seen my friends on DeviantArt practically mass-producing fanart for Avatar. But no one ever explained that this wasn’t just another anime series.

I’m loving everything about it. The characters are hilarious; I’m laughing every other scene. It’s great to have a laid back, enjoyable show to watch among the depressing material on primetime TV thesedays.

I can’t wait to see the rest.

Currently Amazed By: Simon Schubert
June 2, 2010

All of his work is done only by folding paper and using the right lighting. Superb!