Keeping Up With This Generation.

July 22, 2011 at 12:14 am (Contentment, Philosophy) (, , , , , , , , )

“Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind” – King Solomon

I oft get caught up in the notion that people today are unlike any other generation regarding the insane demand to keep up with their crazy schedules. In one sense it’s true, because from cell phones, the internet, the ease of travel, the seemingly constant interconnectedness of everything at all times, our hectic schedules can meet a level of frenzy like never before. Sometimes there appears to be no “off” button.

Yet this passage gives me a pretty clear picture of the hustle some people had even way back then (somewhere between 970-928 BC). Read the rest of this entry »

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Volition

May 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm (Completion, Contentment, Devotional, Life Propelling Forward) (, , )

“It is good that everyone may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.” – Solomon, King of Israel, a VERY long time ago

I am a person prone to bouts of fitfulness. I love change, adapting to a new situation, working through a challenge. I always feel a bit restless and so, after reading this I immediately thought, “This is what I want.” As soon as that thought was concluded, I heard the Lord say, “You can have it.”

In much of what will happen in our lives, we are utterly powerless. There’s nothing you can do to affect change. Situations, people and more will fluctuate in and out of your life and you really have no control over it. But there is one extremely powerful word in this quote that I think sheds light on this passage: volition. Volition is defined as “the act of willing, choosing or resolving.” As I was growing up, my father would often say to me, “Everything is a volition, Amanda.” He was right. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Best Compliment Ever.

May 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm (Creative Writing, Education, Kids, Student Teaching) (, , , , , , )

I’m not very creative. Occasionally, I fool myself into thinking that I’m witty and original, but the harsh facts are these: whatever I’ve said, it’s been said before; whatever I’ve done, it’s been done before. End of story.

However, I did have a really cool moment in student teaching yesterday. We’re in the middle of state testing – not a fun time for anyone – and I was helping proctor the test for a small group of kids. Well, they finished and we gave them papers to colour, legos to play with, the whole nine yards. I got out my laptop because, let’s face it, that California English Language Development Test (CELDT) paper is not going to write itself (see how unoriginal I am? Perfect example!). With one eye on the kids and the other on my screen, I tapped away, pushing through the paper.

But this time of uninterrupted productivity did not last. Read the rest of this entry »

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Or I Could Be a Rolling Stone…

May 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m weary of school. I’m tired of writing papers. I don’t feel like being meticulous in the corrections of my work. I don’t want to give 10 references for an 8 page paper.

Yet that is where I am and what is requested – nay, demanded of me.

Sometimes I get jealous of where others are. Jake is traveling this year, Rachel is going on a six month mission trip and Randy is going to be setting foot on six different countries in the next 2 months. Helping out churches, playing guitar, meeting people and being…free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Allergies.

April 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm (Education, Kids, Student Teaching) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

So at an unnamed school at an unnamed time I was working with some unnamed students.

There’s one that cries. A lot. At first I felt bad. Then I realized this kid would cry if you gave them candy and they’d cry just the same if you kicked them out of the classroom. There’s your background. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Light Camera Tickets: Where Does the Money Go???

March 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm (Community, Murrieta, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

About a year ago, my brother was living in Phoenix. He was offered a job fresh out of nursing school, in the CV-ICU (cardiovascular intensive care unit) at Good Samaritan Hospital. Working on the CV-ICU floor is an intense job to step into directly after graduation. It is so intense that the roof of the hospital has an elevator that went straight to his unit. Moving away from family, friends and fiancee was very difficult for him and since I’m quite close to my brother, I found myself constantly searching for opportunities to visit the always sunny, often scorching, city of Phoenix.

During one of the many trips I made out there, I noticed that there were cameras along the side of the highway to catch people going over the speed limit. Okay, whatever it takes to keep people safe. But as we drove down the freeway I noticed how frequently (not to mention drastically) the speed limit changes were. They changed every few miles. 75 MPH. 55 MPH. 60 MPH. 50 MPH. Are you kidding me?!? Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding My Way – Manic Style!

February 12, 2011 at 12:13 am (Academics, Contentment, Education, Future, Life Propelling Forward, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am consistent in a few things in life:

1) My love for God and those He’s placed in my life (though I do fail at times)

2) My coffee consumption

3) Wasting time on facebook

4) My tendency to debate for the sake of debating (or boredom…)

5) Persistently, perennially, planning my forthcoming prospects

6) Love of change

Without a doubt there are more, but these are the few that come to mind. I’m just going to expound upon the last two. Right now I am exhausted, but I feel I’ve been neglectful of this site so I’ll tell you what I’ve been thinking about the past five days. I’m working through my student teaching and as I do I find myself continually planning for the imminent future. I’ve been looking at schools, advanced degrees, fellowships and various career paths. This was how my week played out.

MONDAY: I decided that teaching was not a field for me to be involved in for more than 10 years. I am just past my 10 year high school reunion mark, so it is still fresh to me how quickly a decade can pass. That being the case, I decided I had better pull it together and come up with an exit plan, to be meticulously implemented sometime within the next 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Traffic.

January 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm (Life Propelling Forward, Philosophy) (, , , , , , , )

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9 Reasons I Am Thankful I Am Not An Elementary School Student

January 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm (Education, Life Propelling Forward, Student Teaching, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

1. I can slouch in my chair all I want.

2. Ending sentences with prepositions is where it’s at. For substantiation on that matter, check out: http://grammar.about.com/od/grammarfaq/f/terminalprepositionmyth.htm

3. I have extreme difficulty raising my hand quietly before speaking (seriously, ask any of my profs).

4. Having both feet on the ground when I sit is a near impossibility.

5. Chewing gum in class is what makes me feel like both a kid and a (slightly rebellious) adult.

6. I already did my time asking permission to do EVERYTHING. Read the rest of this entry »

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Meeting the Mayor

January 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm (CA, Community, Murrieta, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Today I met the mayor of Murrieta.

I was meeting a friend for coffee at a local independent cafe, Village Java (http://www.villagejava.com/), when I noticed in my peripheral vision a small throng of adults gathered outside the doors. Nothing too unusual.

Except two of them were holding video cameras and another was carrying a mic.

Already this mellow Murrieta afternoon was looking a tad more interesting.

This most conspicuous group made their way to the cafe bar and my friend and I heard the gentleman with the mic reassure the staff saying, “Oh it’s okay. We have permission.” Permission to do what?

Then this most unusual band of adults made their way toward me. They asked if I would be willing to answer a few questions about Murrieta. Read the rest of this entry »

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