Archive for December, 2009

December 27, 2009

Dan Bern For President

Don’t want to get too serious here. I like this guy. Might even vote for him.

December 26, 2009

Religion is Bullshit!

Creation Science? How laughable. I once had an imaginary friend who I spoke to and who helped me through tough times, but then I turned eight and he went away. I started figuring things out for myself.

December 17, 2009

How To Stay Young And Happy

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them… That is why you pay ‘them’
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning.. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.
4.. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on… The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Keep On Keepin’ On

December 6, 2009

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

I love this song. It always has had real meaning for me. As much as I love the Beatle’s original, Joe Cocker’s interpretation from Woodstock has always been my favorite Of course he was stoned out of his tree, but it is still one of the highlights of Woodstock. You should rent the movie

December 6, 2009

The Snow Man

Wallace Stevens was one the finest American poets of the 20th Century. A great gift for the poetry love in your life might be Selected Poems by Wallace Stevens

The Snowman

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

Wallace Stevens

December 5, 2009

A Hell of a Week

The loss of a friend and colleague has saddened me deeply this week. On more than one occasion I have found myself “tearing-up ” as my thoughts turn to her and her daughter, my own daughter’s best friend. I also feel deeply for the staff at her school who must deal with a tragic loss and her students who loved her. She had struggled for many years with bouts of depression and finally took her own life.

That, coupled with problems arising with the school district which will, if unresolved, lead to union/district confrontation have me stressed far more than I have been in many months. I have gone through these kinds of confrontations before, and although I do not fear them, they are never pleasant and often have effects and ramifications far beyond the present.

I am glad the weekend is here as I need to to re-center , relax, and re-focus. The show must go on and next week could bring more of the same.

December 4, 2009

Do the Dishes Before You Save the World

“To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to eat dessert sooner, the time of washing dishes will be unpleasant and not worth living. That would be a pity,for each minute, each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and that fact that I am here washing them are miracles!”
Thich Nhat Han~Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

December 4, 2009

And So It Begins

Dear colleagues and fellow professionals,

I believed that we would have to be prepared to fight this year. The fight will begin on Monday at 4:30 pm at the D25 board room when our school board meets with our legislators. The board, at the administrations behest will ask our legislators to change the financial emergency law enacted last year to make it even more onerous to allow them to make more salary cuts. Among other things they will ask that the law be changed to basically limit negotiations on salary reductions to one session only and then reduce our salaries basically by decree if we do not reach agreement. The will ask the legislators to change our law so that they may keep a 7% fund balance rather than 5 % while they make teachers and staff pay for it. They will further insult classified employee with changes in their meet and confer rights and insurance. There is more and I will provide talking points before the meeting but I encourage you all to attend if you can. Now, before we get too far into the battle, is the time to speak out.

Last year the board and the administration had no qualms in begging for our assistance to pass the levy. They would not have passed it without our help. They will be asking for our help again in March to pass the maintenance levy. It is time we asked for some respect in return. Last year they cut our pay and then gave raises to assistant principals. We need to let them know that we have had enough of that kind of behavior. We need our legislators to hear our side on these issue, not just theirs. We wil have an opportunity to speak. Several of the current school board members were elected with strong. PEA support . Our legislators enjoy strong support from teachers. They need to hear from us and we have a chance to both speak our minds and show our strength. A good turnout at this meeting will help. I know you are busy. I know the time is lousy. I think your absence from district committee meetings, from classes and from all sorts of additional after-hours work that you do might also send a message. Please Attend. I’m sure you will have to sign up to speak.

A second important date to set aside, Wednesday December 16th. On this date, at a time and place to be announced, the Tom Luna Race- to- the-Top Dog and Pony show will blow into Pocatello. It is here you will get to see the latest in pay for performance plans, greatly revamped with much IEA input. Robin, Sharri and Bert Marley have been meeting daily with Luna for the last 2-3 weeks as he prepared this plan. Since the rules say he cannot submit an application that hasn’t been approved by the State Association, he has made the changes The IEA has suggested. You will get to see, hear, and give your input.

Keep on Keepin’ on
Bill Davis
Alameda Center