PREFACE

Welcome.  I am happy to have you here. This is my niche where I wax eloquent about various topics, usually education, books, personal musings, or current events.

About Me. Democracy. Literacy. Free Inquiry. Public Service. These are the pillars of my professional passions. I’ve pursued these through my work in libraries, public education, and non-profit associations. A thriving democracy relies heavily on an educated, literate, and informed electorate. I am passionate about serving the public in this way, by being an agent of progress, information, inspiration, and creativity in my work in education.

I enjoy writing. It gives me life and helps me make sense out of this world. I provide copy editing services. The details are under the “copy editing” tab. I have written poetry as well as blogging about books I’ve read.

Strength for Life’s Journey. I love the beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-10) and To Be of Use by Marge Piercy. These writings give me hope.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

To be of use

by Marge Piercy

The people I love the best

jump into work head first

without dallying in the shallows

and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.

They seem to become natives of that element,

the black sleek heads of seals

bouncing like half submerged balls.

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,

who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,

who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,

who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge

in the task, who go into the fields to harvest

and work in a row and pass the bags along,

who stand in the line and haul in their places,

who are not parlor generals and field deserters

but move in a common rhythm

when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

The work of the world is common as mud.

Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.

But the thing worth doing well done

has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.

Greek amphoras for wine or oil,

Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums

but you know they were made to be used.

The pitcher cries for water to carry

and a person for work that is real.

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