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Do What You Love.

Read this today in the New York Times:

“But is “do what you love” wisdom or malarkey?” -Gordon Marino

It’s wisdom.  Not malarkey.  In case you weren’t sure.  Maybe you can’t do what you love straight out of high school, or maybe you can, but “do what you love” should be the eventual goal.  No one should be counseling kids to find whatever awful, miserable job they can in order to eke out a horrible existence until they die.  What rubbish!  Possibly some people have not properly explained the full meaning of “do what you love” to today’s teenagers, and boo to them, then, (spoiler: it’s not always easy, and it’s definitely not about the hedonistic pursuit of pleasure) but my goodness, shouldn’t we be urging our children to spend some time figuring out what lights them up, and then helping them find a way to pursue that, in college or apprenticeship or vocation, so that they may fulfill their potential and contribute something marvelous to this world and live a life of meaning and contentment?  Isn’t that the dream we have for our children (and ourselves) and isn’t it worth striving for?

The full opinion essay can be read here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/a-life-beyond-do-what-you-love

Note: I am including the actual weblink b/c of a recent awful personal experience with “clicking links” … please copy & paste into your browser to read the full essay.

 

Something Worth Fighting For

I must share this:

“Unfortunately, in one way or another the world is going to tell you every day that you shouldn’t try to be an artist. But for three minutes here today, I want to tell you that you should. I hope you do it. With everything you have.” ~Blake Morgan

Read the full essay on Huffington Post’s The Third Metric – Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power, “Art and Music are Professions Worth Fighting For”.

Bookmark it.  Share it on Facebook.  Tweet about it.  Refer to it in conversations with school committee officials and policy wonks, businesspeople and community leaders.  Print it out and bring it to your holiday family dinners, to have at-the-ready!  And please, share it with your kids.

Many thanks, C.B., for reading so much and sharing the good stuff!

Halloweentown

halloween-night

Halloween is next week!  It’s sort of sneaking up on us this year, perhaps because of the warm weather we’ve been having this fall.  Until yesterday, that is.  Finally, the air has that chilly autumn snap to it, and the local Halloween happenings are right around the corner:

Take a walk down Hope Street in downtown Bristol for the 10th Annual Halloween Walkabout on Sunday, October 27th from 1pm ’til 3pm.  The Downtown Bristol Merchants’ Association invites you to bring your children (dressed in costume) downtown and stroll all the shops for an afternoon of trick-or-treating.

And for families with older children and teens, the Mt. Hope Masqueraders invite you to visit their Haunted House, if you dare, on Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30pm ’til 8:30pm in the MHHS Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Bristol.  There will be two tours: Scary, for the bravest guests, and Not-So-Scary, for the younger (and/or more timid) crowd.  There will also be face-painting, a fortune-teller, refreshments, games, and prizes.  Tickets are $5 and come with two game-passes; contact Carol Schlink at MHHS for more information.

Hugh Cole School Productions

Hugh Cole School ProductionsI loved reading this article and learning more about the film & media work going on at Bristol-Warren’s Hugh Cole Elementary School.  Too often, exceptional and creative learning opportunities in or after school are dependent on the parents who come up with them and put in the volunteer hours to keep them going, and when those parents move on, the programs fall apart.  This is not a slam – the current trend in expectations-from-above is laying claim to every minute of teachers’ and principals’ time in school.  That’s why this program stands out – it has grown and evolved over the years, and seems to have lasted in spite of the inevitable departure of its parent-creator, Katie Reaves.  I often wonder, when I read about excellent programs like this one, how might they be expanded to other schools?  I think we could learn a lot from Katie Reaves and the Hugh Cole educators who have embraced this program.

“Children who participate become knowledgeable about the messages they are daily bombarded with. It allows students to deconstruct them so they become critical and analytic consumers. They know the tricks of the trade, so they are not at the mercy of the media. If they can watch it and play with it, they are also able to know how to work and create with it.” -Katie Reaves

Read the full article here: “When Children Make Media: A Visit to the Hugh Cole School” by Marketa Zezulkova