A Thirst To Spend My Fire and Restless Force Tracking My True, Original Course

But often, in the world's most crowded streets,
But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;

- Matthew Arnold
The Buried Life


#45 Speak at an educators' conference

In the fall, a colleague of mine submitted a proposal to present at a statewide conference for charter school teachers and administrators.  He had mentioned it to me to see if I wanted to submit a proposal too, but drowning in graduate school work, I ended up missing the deadline.

Well... he didn't miss the deadline and his presentation was about something that I have a LOT of experience with -- using non-profit organizations as a resource for authentic instruction.  Knowing that this is an area I have some expertise in, he asked me to partner with him in his presentation. I was thrilled. 

The week before, I went through all of my resources and came up with some good stuff, including photos, and then the night before he and I stayed up until about 1am preparing our Powerpoint and getting prepared, but it really paid off. 

The presentation went really well and we got a lot of good feedback.  I went to a lot of other sessions at the conference, and I really feel that ours was high quality and of great use to teachers.  This was sort of a watermark moment for me. Even though I have always viewed myself as a "teacher leader," I really had only thought of myself as being a leader at the school level, but this really made me believe that I could be a leader at a higher level too.  Not like I want to become an administrator -- I don't.  I just think that perhaps I could become someone like the greats I read about and brag about, people like Kelly Gallagher or Cris Tovani or Penny Kittle. 

Maybe someday. 


#62 Throw Colors at Holi Festival

Watching a spontaneous throw happen from afar
This year Los Angeles had its first ever Holi festival.  I was really excited to hear about this, as this is something I have wanted to do for a really, really long time.  What fun it was! The bands were incredibly fun and the big color throw was awesome. They did one every two hours, but we were only able to stay for ~3 hours, so we only got to see one big throw.

At the bhangra stage
Marc and I had a great time doing rhythmic yoga and dancing group bhangra. I saw this one BuzzFeed list of signs you are turning 30, and one of them was something along the lines of "You think about going to a music festival but decide you are too old for that stuff."  That made me laugh because it is half true.  I think about going to something like Warped Tour and it just sounds like a nightmare. As much as I loved moshing in my teens and early 20s, the idea of trying to avoid getting elbowed in the face does not sound like anything I would pay to do.  But stuff like the reggae festival and this, right up my alley.  You stand a better chance of getting hugged by a stranger than knocked down by one here.

The video at the bottom is an excellent snapshot of what is was truly like.