San Francisco

Today I am in California, Pleasanton, a town about 30 miles east of San Francisco. We are here for the wedding of Joe Lapp.

For those that care, I am writing this in safari on a big ol mac. We are staying with friends of my wife’s family for the weekend and the man of the house if an IT man for a large company, so he knows his stuff, but of the 3 other computers I’ve seen in the house, this is the only mac. Ok, if you don’t care about the mac/pc debate, that was drivel.

This trip marks the divider between summer work and school. When we return to PA I will be at the school everyday for he next 185 days (give or take a day here and there) excluding holidays and weekends.

Each new year brings memories of a previous year and thoughts about the class that won’t be there. I always miss the ‘lost’ class. But it doesn’t take long to get to know new parts of the next senior class and get to realize the new freshman are a new unique bunch that will be exciting to see walk through the changes of coming closer to adults as they pass through the grades.

To all those that graduated from Faith, let me know what your up to.

Good or good enough

I like the idea of a blog, and WordPress makes it really simple, plus being published under a GPL open source idea is attractive. If you look over my posts you’ll see they are sporadic and it looks like I tried and couldn’t.  It’s true, I tried, and haven’t yet. 

I think I’ve identified some of my failings at posting.  I want lucid posts, relevant posts, wow posts and my fear of not being able to come through has been holding be back.  I think about writing a post and then shrink back in fear, and laziness, what if it doesn’t seem right, I don’t want to spend lots of time editing and proofreading my posts.  In the end I say, not now, it’s not worth the effort.  I say rubbish, now.  My writing might be bad, but it won’t get better if I ‘do it later’  Hopefully none of my students read this part, especially the ones I have asked about something they want to say is finished; “is it good or good enough?” 

For now my posts are allowed to be good enough.

I have thoughts about other posts, it’s working, just writing is helping it come out.  Now to get past the laziness part.

Let me end with a poem from a book I just finished reading.

When the sweet Poison of the Treacherous Grape
Had Acted on the world a general rape;
Drowning our Reason and our souls
In such deep seas of large o’flowing bowls….

When foggy Ale, leavying up mighty trains,
Of muddy vapours, had besige’d our Brains
Then Heavan in Pity…,
First send amongst us this All-healing Berry…

Coffee arrives, that grave and wholesome Liquor,
That heals the stomach, makes the genius quicker,
Relieves the memory, revives the sad,
And cheers the Spirits, without making mad.

quoted as ‘an anonymous English Puritan poem from 1674’