No music video will ever be the same….
Blockhead- The Music Scene
BEST MUSIC VIDEO EVER. The trippy rhythmic animation shakes you, and the “big picture” message becomes more insightful with every viewing… it’s a masterpiece.
"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. Honor that."
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
— Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
"How do we live a happy and fulfilling life? Epictetus, the great Stoic philosopher… gave the prescription based on three themes: mastering your desires, performing your duties, and learning to think clearly about yourself and your relations within the larger community of humanity."
— Lawrence Peltz, MD, The mindful path to addiction recovery
If you haven’t seen this by now, high school sophomore Jeff Bliss goes off on his world history teacher, set off by standardized testing times. Why should we care?
Bliss is demanding change—more power to him and all the other students who are fed up with a system that’s broken. Every teacher worth her salt should applaud what he’s clamoring for. And then we need Ms. Phung and all the other fed-up teachers out there to rise up, speak up, and demand change, too.
An even better opinion from a Principal:
I was questioned, both publicly and privately for even sharing this video in the first place and was asked, “If this was one of our teachers, would I share the video?”, and that made me think a lot about this messy world that we live in. Personally, I wouldn’t but I believe in my heart that it would be addressed to some extent with the teacher.
The other thing that I thought about was how easily I would have shared something like this regarding other professions. This voice by the “consumer” is happening in every profession, not just teaching. In no way am I saying that pepper-spraying someone in the face unlawfully compares to having students do packets in the classroom, but our profession is and should be held accountable on how we do our work.
What I encourage others to do is to focus on what the student said, and share their stories about how you do much more than “teach with a packet’.
During my weekly planner check, it dawned on me… I only have 10 short weeks until I semi-permanently relocate to Costa Rica.
I’ve started this blog as a keepsake of my journey and a place where I can share my experiences with family, friends, or others while I’m away.
Did you know that The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute is actually a storefront for TUTORING KIDS?!?!
I didn’t either. Here’s a little bit more about the organization, which is actually looking for more volunteers! (I would gladly help out if I wasn’t already tutoring kids all day :-D )
From their website: 826 Boston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this understanding in mind, we provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.
All of our free programs seek to strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.
“What’s the solution? Big man pollution?” Yeah, it’s a drag.