rainycold friday morning

26 . March . 2010

he was awake early,
(the first number rhymes with ‘dive’)
so we stole away to
the coffee shoppe.

thank you, Jesus,
for stolen morning moments
with my firstborn.

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before 10:30am

23 . March . 2010

hit ‘print’ + run.

a saturday afternoon prayer

20 . March . 2010

‘a little while with Jesus–
oh, how it soothes the soul,
and gathers all the threads of life
into a perfect whole.’

-l. sandell

verdi square

20 . March . 2010

bring your coffee and join us?

public parking

18 . March . 2010

I can’t believe I haven’t
seen this one before,
but this is a first for me

double mountain buggy
chained to street sign.

hey, beats lugging it up
the stoop stairs.

what it is/isn’t

17 . March . 2010

‘community means caring:
caring for people.

dietrich bonhoeffer says,
‘he who loves community destroys community;
he who loves the brethren builds community.’

a community is not an abstract ideal.
we are not striving for perfect community.

community is not an ideal;
it is people.
it is you and i.

in community we are called to love people
just as they are with their wounds and their gifts,
not as we would want them to be.

community means giving them space,
helping them to grow.

it means also receiving from them so that we too can grow.’

-jean vanier,
from brokenness to community

no wonder it’s such a mess,
it involves me.
the real me.

oy.

end of the 2nd trimester

16 . March . 2010

nathan’s fifth-grade teacher,
mrs. c,
is a rock star.

today’s parent-teacher-conf format
was one more example of why
she has ‘teacher o’ the year’
in the bag.

here’s the format she uses:

1. the student is present.
her conferences are
student-teacher-parent conferences.

2. she is seated across from the student
and i’m in the wing-man chair;
it’s an evaluatory-conversation between the two
of them and the parent is there in
more of a ‘coach’ role.

and

she does individual assessments
throughout the year with each student,
so they’re familiar
with this ‘conference’ format
fowards-and-backwards.

3. she asks the student,
based on the report card
(she takes notes and agrees
with him while he is talking):

a. what are you proud of this past trimester?
b. where did you struggle this past trimester?
c. how can i help you make the changes
you want for this next season?

4. then the student asks the parent
for their impression of this past
grading period + the report card,
strengths, weaknesses, things to focus
on for the next season of school.

what a pleasure to be
a part of such an
encouraging conference experience
with my oh-so-grown-up fifth-grader.

way to go, mrs. c.

way to go, n;
here’s to your final season
in elementary school, love.

ps –
we hit the sneak preview
of ‘diary of a wimpy kid’
@ 68th st this afternoon.

three words:
save. your. money.

i’m so glad we didn’t
pay to see it.
that’s all i’ll go on the record as saying.