"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

20 May 2010

Irony of all ironies...

Today, I subbed at one of my least favorites schools.

It was awful. I was told several times to eff myself, as well as called names. The only good class I had was the seniors.

And to make it worse, I had to show a documentary about the history of the diamond industry in Sierra Leone and Angola called "Blood Diamonds" (not the same as the Leonardo diCaprio movie). You can watch the entire film (I think) via the link.

The students' profound responses?

"Why don't they speak real English?! G**, you can't even understand what they're saying!"

"Why do they keep repeating the same stuff over and over again? This is so stupid, man."

I wanted to strangle them. Literally.

When I called Nich during my prep period in tears, he said, "Of all the subs they could have had to show this particular documentary about an issue on that particular continent ..."


01 May 2010

It's not Christmas anymore...

So I need your help!

Nich was reading over my shoulder the other day, and he asked if I was going to keep the reindeer year-round. I have to admit, I had intended on changing the background after the holidays.

It is May 1.

This is where procrastination will get you.

And because I'm feeling indecisive, I'm going to ask for your opinions. Which do you think I should use?
In alphabetical order, they are:

1. Bubble & Daisies
2. Burnt Sunrise
3. Butterfly Dust
4. Darling Butterfly
5. Ink Mod
6. Petals in My Path