Sunday, March 21, 2010


Catching up on reading today:

I'm not optimistic, no. I'm quite different. I'm hopeful. I am a prisoner of hope. In the world, you have very bad people-- Hitler, Idi Amin-- and they look like they are going to win. All of them-- all of them-- have bitten the dust.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu in "10 Questions", Time Magazine, 22 March 2010

Reminds me of an old David Wilcox favorite of mine:

"Show the Way"- David Wilcox

Click the link. Read the lyrics. You can click "play" under the title and hear the song. It's a song about hope. Tutu and Wilcox say the same thing: that evil will not win because, just like in those superhero comics I read growing up, the hero is more powerful. The hero is good.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pick Me Up

Middle of last week, I was not feeling so good about my place in the world. I was swamped with trying to get thing finalized for the state wrestling tournament, feeling like a crappy teacher with ineffective lessons and under the impression that I was spinning my wheels and not reaching my kids. In other words, not having the best day. I get back to my room after a faculty meeting and see this:

I suppose it's an awesome thing to be considered the "best short ninja EVER!".

Also, thanks Kate this post on my birthday.

North Knight Wrestling

Well, wrestling season ended this past weekend. We went to Greensboro with 4 wrestlers and one of our goals was to have four state placers. We finished with only one: Enrique Vera finished 3rd at 135 pounds. The other guys had their opportunities. Hopefully they will learn and use it for motivation to get better.

Congratulations to Enrique for finishing his career in a strong manner and fighting back after a disappointing 1 point loss in the quarterfinals. A lesser person might have quit there. Enrique fought through and won 4 tough matches to capture the consolation championship.

Enrique (second from left) on the podium

Knights coaches and wrestlers