Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A young guy who was a teaching assistant in fifth grade passed away in his sleep on Monday night. He was only 26. He had a heart condition but it was nothing thought to be real serious. He was tall and athletic and you would have never suspected he had any kind of health problems. He died of heart complications or heart failure; I don't know the details but I guess at this point they're arbitrary and provide little closure.
I worked with Mr. C for a few years when I was teaching fourth grade. Being two of the three guys in the Lower School, we always talked sports, movies, beer, and sometimes we talked about our relationships. I remember one conversation we had that covered our favorite beers made outside of the United States. That one lasted a while.
This morning I was walking from my classroom to the middle school faculty room. There is a nice walkway that snakes around the field between my room and the main middle school building, and that is where I passed an entire fifth grade class writing messages to Mr. C with sidewalk chalk:
"We will miss you"
"You were the best teacher and coach"
"We will always remember you, Mr. C"
"We love you, Mr. C"
"You will be with us forever"
I immediately teared up. You can only imagine how touching this was and how theraputic this must've been for the students. On my way back to my classroom, coffee cup in hand, I looked down and saw a yellow arrow guiding me forward. The message below it read:
"Mr. C's Walkway"
I walked passed more fifth graders who were writing messages on a cement wall. When I made it back to my empty classroom, I sat at my desk and I cried.
It only lasted a few minutes but it felt good. Like many others this morning, I needed to do it.
We will all miss Mr. C.
His chalk will forever cross our campus.
Monday, April 27, 2009
(Above: Actor Joe Lo Truglio)
Saturday, April 25, 2009
1 scoop Ghirardelli dark ground chocolate
1/2 shot bitter almond syrup such as Orgeat
2-3 shots of rich espresso
black cherry Italian syrup (I used Torrani)
Put the dark chocolate in the bottom of a glass, add the almond syrup and coffee, then stir. Cover with steamed milk and foam, then drizzle with dark cherry syrup.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
So I set out to round out and three dimensionalize said MC. My goal was to let him become more emotional and human. During that revision I found myself using some common verbs that help express a character's feelings and emotions, ones that allowed me to go beneath the skin and relay internal information to readers.
past tense forms (clarification for the grammatically challenged):
thought (use sparingly)
Any more verbs that you find useful for relaying characters' thoughts, feelings, emotions?
Friday, April 17, 2009
Falling rays beyond the hills;
Seeping light on passers-by.
What's the cause say you;
We all wonder with anticipation.
Night, My Master
Canvas lit so bright;
Rain pounds the edifice.
Sing down, oh mighty thunder;
Pour your soul onto us, Big Sky.