Years ago there was a television game show called ‘Beat the Clock’ where contestants were tasked to either do some task, or answer a question I don’t remember. But I do remember always watching. Obviously the show wasn’t very impactful or I would probably remember more details. I do remember that whatever the task, contestants were playing against the clock. Time would tick away and they needed to finish whatever it was they were doing before time ran out.
I am currently reading a book to my students titled ‘The Lost Track of Time’ about a young girl named Penelope who is driven by her mom’s daily schedule. Mom is highly efficient because she keeps her schedule tight so that she can maximize every minute of the day. Dad is a hung-ho supporter of mom’s efficient ability and tries to encourage Penelope to be a team player and all Penelope wants to do is to have some ‘free time’ so that she can write. She wants to be a writer.
One day after Penelope finds a ‘hole in her schedule’ this fantasy story takes Penelope to a different world where she and Dill, a very tall skinny character, are in search of ‘The Great Moodler’, who permits free time called moodling. It’s all quite entertaining and my students and I and we are enjoying the daily read.
When performing a task, watching a movie, or visiting friends, or anything for that matter, we often ask ourselves How much time is left? My now deceased good friend Drew who was always sarcastically humorous, would always respond ‘Why, do you have a date’? For him, there was never a sense of rush or hurriedness.
I have often likened the game show Beat the Clock to my day at school because I feel that the moment I step foot on the school grounds asphalt I am on a schedule, a schedule that is dictated by a bell. Hurry, hurry, hurry. Linear time is what it is, but we do have some control of how we spend our day. There is a lesson here. Perhaps I need to learn how to moodle and not be so consumed by the clock, and schedules. Drew had this down pat, there is always time if I make it.
Ok, I am a geeky learner. I own and embrace it. For years, I have everyday shown my class the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day and it always springs spontaneous discussion about some things we do know, and a lot of which we do not. I love that, because it encourages the desire to learn, and the desire to learn more. There is always a description along with the featured image of the day and often the description will include distance of the pictured object, or angle span of what we are seeing.
Our universe is incredible in every way. Notably when reference is made that an object in space is ‘x’ distance away from earth, or let’s say 1,500 light years distant from the earth, it boggles my mind. Information like that bears repeating in a manner in which my students can try to grasp so I interpret what we just read…”Boys and Girls, that means you would have to travel 186,264 miles per second for one thousand-five hundred years in order to arrive at this pictured location”. My students are always in awe, and it gets them to think, a lot.
In response to a particularly visual-stimulated image, a student will sometimes say ‘that looks like something from Star Wars’. I always tell them, you mean Star Wars looks like this!
Imagination just doesn’t come out of thin air, it comes from our knowledge, our desire to learn, and the ability to make connections, near and far. It boggles the mind of those who stop, and think.
We had so many incredible views in or skies yesterday. I often think that if more people would simply ‘stop and smell the roses’ more often, the world would be a better place. Enjoy the beautiful imagery in the Sky tab, there is a new image captured just yesterday.
We have all been there… “I’m never going to do that again!” Well, life experience often has a way to work the ‘that’ into everything. Under the Musings tab is a newly published piece titled I Think I’ll Stop Here. At this time in my life I cannot definitively say that this will really be my limit, but the limit sure seems borderline from the outside. Only time will tell…
Life’s demands are for the most part those we place on ourselves. It’s a good thing to have high expectations of oneself, but we must always remember to keep balance and this doesn’t come easy for me. Found in the Dreams tab is a dream titled Under Pressure that I had at the end of last week. It clearly reflects my week’s very minimal piano practice. It was in essence a nightmare, something I would never want to experience in my waking hours. It is also somewhat humorous to me that my subconscious created such a menagerie of thoughts and and put them into one dream.
Just posted under the Sky tab is just one of the many images I captured this past week, Sky 3/11/21. I am always speechless when I take the time to observe the unobserved.
…I began writing about The Yacht a few weeks ago but as most dreams, it was so convoluted that it took me multiple attempts and revisions to complete. I think the greatest factor in my hesitancy however was its ultimate focus, a large body of water with green moss. One would think that my swimming ability is nil, quite the contrary. I have always been a very strong swimmer with impressive lung capacity. However, lake depths continue to creep me out, and after 46 years Jaws is still waiting for me in the ocean. Just completed, The Yacht can be found under the Green Mossy Lake tab.
Yesterday had so many wonderful clouds up in our Sky, I could have been out there all day admiring the beauty. I selected just one of the images to display under the Sky tab. Always spectacular!
On August 21, 2020 I posted ‘Life is Good’, memorializing Clyde, my (almost) 12 year old Golden Retriever. Then on October 3, 2021 I posted ‘Forever Together, Together Forever’ to memorialize the passing of Clyde’s littermate sister, Bonnie.
I have waited some time to post this, but the journey has begun again. On January 9, 2021 we brought home Holly, an 8-week old (at the time) Golden Retriever. Within just a couple weeks she picked up ‘the flip’, a different one that Bonnie and Clyde had but with the same message, and she came trotting to me.
Life IS good!
Newly posted in the I Remember tab is an essay titled Perseverance. It’s actually a combination of memories and musings. I didn’t imagine yesterday that I would be so compelled to write this one today, as I already have a few essays in-progress. This one couldn’t wait as the story is a part of all our lives.