"Good Morning Howard:
A quick note to let you know how much I appreciate your reports on the history of your Meeting. I tend to get frustrated fairly easily, and your reports on your Meeting have given me just the right lift and sense of…"
"Thank you for sharing the blessing and grace your gathering is discovering in devotion to in shining Light upon your consciences. Your testimony of your Meeting always brings me back to this long quote from Isaac Pennington. I yhinkbI've shared…"
"Thank you Keith for your inspirational explanation.
Without reading or knowing the historical account you have explained, the meeting I am part of has traveled that same road as those earliest Quakers who sought to follow the Spirit's…"
"Hello David, Thank you for your response. It hit my mind Cordially. I honor and affirm your journey in the Light. May there be many sparklings of Light in your conscious and conscience upon your journey.
Your mention of "empty" forms…"
"Thank you Keith. For the first time I feel I have a sense of where you're coming from. Some of your uses of language has puzzled me in the past and I did not understand what you are trying to say.
The very Quakers that you name as the ones…"
"I stand before each of you testifying to my witness that I am come and am coming out of a conscious anchored in and a conscience informed by outward political and religious ideological and institutional constructs. This witness is not an outward…"
A committed theist, a follower and Friend of Jesus and God; with a deep passion for worldwide outreach to those in need. Loving and living for God in whom we love, move, and have our being. For those into labels: liberal Foxite, Mennonite, Hicksite, Beanite, Mottite, Erasmusite, Denckite, Finneyite, Woolite;-)Wesleylan, Anabaptist, etc. A poet and novelist; Married with three grown kids; Degree in Creative Writing from Cal State University Long Beach; Lived in the Middle East, Montana, etc; Former literature and writing teacher.
I just read somewhere that you didnt get many responses yet to your blog infiniteoceanoflightandlove. Just thought I would mention that I have been reading it regularly since I joined QQ, and really love it! You really speak to my condition on many points, I recognize and can telate to a lot of your views. Time doesn't really permit me to write reactions, but now you know you have a fan! And Im sure Im not alone.
Dear Daniel, Your work was rich in love. I feel sorry that (as it sounds from your comments) you had to lay it down.... I'm sorry also that "The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education" is not online. The issue was 7/26/2004 pp 12-15. Had you already left the classroom then?
Dear Daniel, My favorite article every year was the Inspiration Award article. I got to talk with outstanding principals (and developed a tentative opinion that the principal is key--what do you think?) Many times the old principal had been pushed out by NCLB and a new one transformed the school for the better. But students have been pushed out of school in order to keep the averages high. And the approved teaching materials are sold by Bush cronies.... Do you think NCLB will be changed or abolished now? Alison
Dear Daniel Wilcox, Yes, Santa Maria High School won the College Board Inspiration Award in 2004 as one of the three high schools serving poor and minority students to achieve the best college-preparatory results. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw your residence because (with my late husband) I used to write for "The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education," and I wrote about it for the 7/26/04 issue, and I felt at the time I could have written twice as much because of the many programs that school offered. I gather you were a teacher: high school? middle school?
We often ask too much of ourselves, while the people we try to help respond to our spirit of concern more than to the actual results of our work. Don't beat yourself up. Leave that for others--and most of the time they won't bother, being too concerned with their own issues!
I've lived in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles, but never in Central California. I live in New Mexico now.
Your new friend, Alison