Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Writing With Roger - One Last Time

I'm not going to lie and say that things are good. Things are crap. But writing here at SAWP one final time, has given me time in my own head. Forced me to take the time to write about the turmoil, the hurt, the pain, the love, the pleasure, and the triumphs I have felt over the past year.

I hope that change bring new beginnings, renewed feelings, and most of all, happiness to us. I hope that change is not for change sake, not for an easy way out or an easy solution. I hope that change bring safety and security instead of the usual effect change has which is to be, scary.

Until time passes no one will know but for an hour I felt supported and loved and I'd never change this past year for anything.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sangria is infectious...

Hysterical laughter. Awww a sound to be with all of us always. Such a small group and yet such a powerful group of friends and colleagues. With space and time between us always we have found ourselves in this safe haven, where intellectual debate whit and good humor have found their ways into the norm of our society. Its funny to me that a society can be made up of five people, or five hundred people, or five billion people. Size it seems as men throughout the ages have claimed truly does not matter. Our society is one of mutual respect, growth, and above all support of each individual for every place and time in which we exist. Whether we are teachers embarking on new journeys, starting new lives personally, professionally, or both, we have found a way to co-exist from our many walks of life. We are not perfect, we do not claim to be, but in this place, we can be our own person, our own flawed person in every facet of our being.

This is what I will miss about Tucson. In 30 short days we will be moving into our own new universes and our own new existences. For some of us that means a new location of work, for some of us that means a change in what we do on a day to day basis. Change it seems is our general theme of life, as we are all constantly changing every day. But here in the summer of change for me, I feel kindred existences all around me. The love we feel will never fade and the respect we feel will never waver, our location is only a small fraction of who we are, and what we do in that space is everything else that makes us who we are. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer Vacation

What have you done with your summer vacation?

I've wrapped my head around my no longer living in a city I've called home for four years.

I've started a new class which I'm hoping will help me find clarity in my new job. A Western Humanities course taught by a no-nonsense old school professor who seems unfazed by behavior that makes my head scream "Who taught you that is appropriate behavior?!?"

I've planned a brand new curriculum for a brand new class in creative writing at my new school. Yea!!!! Still really really excited!

But that's not all... I've watched 118 episodes of a TV show I've always wanted to get into. Numbers. Am I proud that I've basically wasted that many hours doing basically nothing? No... but I've enjoyed the break from reality... and it ends with a beautiful wedding and a beautiful speech I want so share to you now.

"As you all know the four fundamental forces of physics; electromagnetism, strong nuclear interaction, weak nuclear interaction, and gravity. We've been talking here about the forces that bind the universe but what binds humans, love. Powerful in small spaces yet a profound effect on distance. Love defies time outliving both its source and its object. Love is faster than light for light requires time in order to travel through space but love reaches its object instantaneously. Love journeys forever, into infinity and its here binding together two lives."

In all its technicality it provides a poetic beauty.