Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014 Photo (239/365): "Black-eyed Susan"

In Act II of Shakespeare's tragic tale of "A pair of star-cross'd lovers [who] take their lives," Juliet tells Romeo that names are meaningless, an artificial convention. Juliet declares: "What's in a name? / That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet." (Romeo and Juliet II, ii, 1-2). She loves Romeo, a person who is called "Montague", not the Montague name itself or the Montague family with whom her Capulet family has feuded for years. Romeo, out of his passion for Juliet, rejects his family name and vows, as Juliet asks, to "deny [his] father" and instead be "new baptized" as Juliet's lover. 

Yet, Juliet may be a bit mistaken. Names do hold great meaning and importance. New parents pore over books until they finally discover the perfect moniker and initials for their babies. A person's name is an integral part of her identity (I am especially proud of the evolution of my name - read more here). Certain images immediately come to mind when one hears the name "Poindexter", "Tiffany", or "Butch." "A rose by any other name" may smell as sweet, but certain flowers do have prettier names than others like "Jasmine" and "Lily". . . poor "Black-eyed Susan" aka "Rudbeckia".


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 26, 2014 Photo (238/365): "Superhero"

I love my role of EdTech/Effectiveness Coach, but I do miss my 20-year career as a French teacher. I cared deeply for my students and strived to inspire them to dream and discover the world. In my heart, I know that my work with teachers directly impacts even more Pewaukee students, but notes like this remind me that, although I am no longer in the classroom, I still make a difference. Thank you to the students who share their struggles and dreams with me (and still call me "Madame"), to the parents who trust me with their children's education, and to Dr. JoAnn Sternke, Superintendent of Pewaukee Public Schools and fellow Marquette alumna, who knows what it means to "Be the Difference!"


Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014 Photo (237/365): "Sage Bee"

"Aerodynamically, the bumble bee 
should not be able to fly, 
but the bumble bee doesn't know it, 
so it goes on flying anyway." ~ Mary Kay Ash

Don't let others set your limits.
If you believe you can, you will.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 24, 2014 Photo (236/365): "Butterfly"

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, 
and has time enough." ~ Rabindranath Tagore

How strange it is to feel this way on the last night of "summer vacation"! School starts tomorrow and I should be feeling nostalgic, apprehensive, and melancholy; yet curiously, this final Sunday summer evening feels...normal. It must be because, for the first time in 33 years, I'm neither taking nor teaching classes. I'm working in an academic environment without the usual academic calendar. Only two weeks passed this summer when I didn't work on campus: the week of the 4th of July and our week in California (when, although I didn't work on campus, I did work at Google). So, voilà, it appears as though I've finally entered the "real world." Therefore, I will look back on the summer of 2014 not as a student or a teacher, but as a butterfly. I can't count the months, but I can count the moments this summer: 
  • Mornings in my garden, enjoying coffee with my flowers 
  • A few lunch dates with my mom or with friends
  • Taking time to read for pleasure
  • Occasionally working on the deck rather than at my desk
  • "Auntie" Camp and Apple Camp with my nephews
  • Sailing and watching fireworks on our boat
  • A long weekend with Eric in Wine Country
  • Late evenings grilling out, sipping wine, listening to music 
  • Watching the sunset, the stars, and the meteor showers
It may not have been a typical 2-month break from school,
but maybe these summer moments were time enough.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

August 23, 2014 Photo (235/365): "Delicate"

"Beauty is a fragile gift." ~ Ovid
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