Time Out

Recently, my education projects have taken a familiar turn. Here in Oregon, we have laws that guarantee the public’s right to recreate (lawfully) on the state’s waterways. Sometimes these rights conflict with the beliefs of private property owners whose land borders waterways.

The picture you see is an extreme example of private landowner disregard for the public’s right to float a river. (Imagine moving on down this river and running into a barbed wire fence. There are other, legal methods of containing range cattle.)

Long story short, I took a little time out to put up a blog with some pages from the former web site of Common Waters of Oregon, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the rights of Oregonians and visitors to use our waterways.

I was a founding member of this not-for-profit outfit, and I figured that the holiday season was the time for me to “give back” because the site needed some updating and a way to interact with people who want to converse about “river rights.”

It’s also the holiday season, we have company, my favorite guide is visiting too, so, as the Science Goddess recommends, I’m kicking back for a while, like Santa, with a cool one. 😉

My best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday season, and a happy and prosperous new year.

See you soon!

Happy 3rd Blogiversary, SG!

Read The Science Goddess for sharp, perceptive observations, encouragements, criticisms, and insights. Just plain good quality thought on our favorite topic, education.

The Science Goddess has a unique perspective. She’s a curriculum specialist and an honest-to-God science teacher who’s aiming at an Ed. D. in about a year, and who actually conducts labs for her students.

Head over to What It’s Like On the Inside, and don’t let her drink a brewski all alone! 🙂

Blog Writer News

Lizzie of The Music Teacher is back on the air. Lizzie writes clear and sensitive messages about education in The Philippines. Pay her a visit and say, “Welcome back!”

The Exhausted Intern, who writes some great stuff about curriculum and instruction, after discovering that there are no administrative intern blogs (that she could find), decided to write one. She says now that she understands the dearth of those blogs, and you can check out the entire fun-filled post here.

The Exhausted Intern also got a taste of emergency operations while reuniting kids with their parents after the flooding up north caused by the unnamed double-duty tropical storm that inundated the Pacific Northwest.

Hats off, EI! 🙂

Meta Blogging

Why do you blog? Why do I blog?

If you haven’t seen Stephen Pastis’s comic strip Pearls Before Swine in today’s daily paper, check it out. Rat’s rant about why most folks blog makes me a little uncomfortable, and I should be if I’m to remain alert and question my values and behavior while blogging and in other virtual interactions with my fellow beings, not to mention taking stock of my social behavior in the “real” world.

When we blog, do we consider how our behavior affects readers?

The Ethical Blogger is a relatively new cooperative venture that focuses on appropriate and inappropriate on-line behavior. I’ve added it to the blog roll because I intend to visit there often.

Theme by Elimination

To name this blog, I had to go through scores of iterations of names that related distantly to the theme I hope to embed in this blog. (Must be a hell of a lot of bloggers out there.)

I was fortunate enough to hit on one related to my theme of, not necessarily education reform, but education improvement, that was suggested by a fictional character I enjoy reading about — Repairman Jack, an invention of F. Paul Wilson. Jack, a non-descript guy who lives off the grid, fixes things for money or a future favor.

I live in the real world and offer ideas for free, or in hopes of hearing some critical feedback. Jack keeps score. I do not. Jack has style. Direct and to the point. Sometimes I’ll write that way, and sometimes I’ll meander.

While getting a grip on my own thinking, maybe you’ll get a grip on your’s as well. Maybe we can both make some repairs to public education as we move along.