This wonderful collection of words in the post title was not penned by me nor comes from my brain other than the receptacle of memory as that of the words of author Thomas Pynchon‘s in his novel titled “Gravity’s Rainbow“. How did I cough this up from my memory banks? Well, it took a little shaking from a wonderful company who create all sorts of interesting small posters for the cerebral types: Pop Chart Lab have a number of notable posters and ready-to-frame delights of various bits of our culture and intellect, including those of our taste buds too!
Caught in a crossfire of a dark new landscape of dystrumpian proportions meets sweet little songbirds across the street in the park after weeks of rain. This is my way of saying that every moment of every day is “up/down, turn around, inside out, and round and round.” Every week I swear this will be the one where I stop buying alcohol to keep at home, but then more disturbing news has me queueing up at the local grocer with my produce, some protein, and a bottle of clear liquid aimed to quell my quivering soul.
One thing that helps me every Sunday is the wonderful Brain Pickings Weekly interestingness digest that I find in my Inbox with such inspiring treats as this one: “The Writing of Silent Spring: Rachel Carson and the Culture-Shifting Courage to Speak Inconvenient Truth to Power.” This is a very timely read, indeed, since the book changed public policy to create a new mindset and the beginning of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Another topic for today’s blog post: Education and the gentle mindset needed to reach students in a diverse Community College.
“Just like Pagliacci did, I’ll try to keep my sadness hid…” Remember that lyric? That’s the every day working life of an educator these days over the past 20-months since a hate-spewing despot began his ascent to the highest office. Most teachers love our jobs (Lord knows we don’t do it for the monetary reward.) and are enthralled to make a world of knowledge and thoughts come alive inside of our students, many of whom come to us from underserved populations. Some are homeless, some are Veterans, Second-Chancers, first in their families to go to college, foreign born looking for a place in America, all sitting together in the same classrooms as others who may be there with one or more degrees who are life-long learners or skill builders. Growing up for many of the underserved populations hasn’t had the ease of a mom and/or dad who may have the time to focus more devotion and attention to their children. This is where one of our tasks comes into play as we are here to make everyone feel special, complete, and ready for the day’s learning, the weekly tasks, the movement and growth inside their minds and hearts to progress.
What this means for us as we grapple with changing events via a government spewing “alternative facts” = lies on a daily basis along with fear-mongering presidential orders that impede positivity, is that we must put all of that aside the minute we arrive to campus in order to provide a safe haven for those who worry about their future. This poses an epic task to those of us who are deeply involved in the work to save our country from a man-child recklessly pursuing a wanton act of destruction to the U.S. government as we have known it for half of a century. He’s not alone as he has a ruthless heathen in Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist with a seat at the National Security Council and a GOP who endeavors to curry favor with the king. Their bizarre pursuit of power over us vassals with no true governance for the people is astounding. But we must push our vehemence and resistance aside while we are with our students because we have other important benchmarks to uphold for them to pursue even knowing that our fight against the new regime is ultimately for our students–the very humans seeking a new path in life.
Interesting tidbit about the immigrant “Frederick Trump (born Friedrich Trump; March 14, 1869 – May 27, 1918) was a German American businessman. Born in Kallstadt, in the Kingdom of Bavaria (now in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany), he emigrated to the United States at the age of 16.” Donald’s grandfather came to America to find prosperity. Now, Grandson Donald runs the place. Take the “Who Said It Quiz?” here.
As for Trumplethinskin: “There is no real direction here, neither lines of power nor cooperation. Decisions are never really made – at best they manage to emerge, from a chaos of peeves, whims, hallucinations and all around assholery. ” ― Thomas Pynchon,