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Monthly Archives: June 2011
We have created these bleak scenarios because they are full of drama and excitement. When we grow beyond the need for drama and excitement, we will stop creating these bleak scenarios.
My Beginning ESL students got their final certificates today. Some will be moving on to the next level, some will be staying. See how sweetly these people from different countries treat one another, despite their different languages and religions. Yes, … Continue reading
Today both of my ESL classes had celebrations, and around 50 students got certificates for completing their level. It was a happy day for everybody. Below is my morning class, ESL Beginning (“Level 1″). We will have our final day … Continue reading
Today hundreds of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students and lots of ESL teachers got together in Dellefield Park at West Valley Occupational Center to celebrate completing another semester. Assistant Principal of Adult Counseling Services Angela DiMascio was the M.C. The West Valley … Continue reading
At my father’s funeral, his former secretary came up to me in tears, gave me a warm hug, and said, “Your father was the most wonderful person I knew.” This kind of shocked me, because my memories of Dad were … Continue reading
Dear Reader, This metered, rhyming poem first kind of marched into my head more than ten years ago. It has continued to echo and, in a weird way, help me through many difficult times. The words might seem kind of, … Continue reading
Once again the couple of mourning doves put on a little show. This time I think they were having a lovers’ spat while conducting routine maintenance under the watchful eye of a local photographer (that would be me). These are … Continue reading
I was doing some routine maintenance on my hard drives when I found these cloud photos from December 2010. I think they’re weird, freaky and cool. I hope you like them, too.
To me cacti are very interesting plants. I rather suspect they were brought here by aliens. Who knows, maybe we were, too. I took the first two shots at the botanical gardens at Pierce College. The next the two photos … Continue reading