Who will feed my hummingbirds? For 35 years a bird feeder hung outside the patio door of mom’s modest Michigan townhome When I’d visit, I’d make sure it was filled but when I’d leave, I’d worry about the birds and the squirrel who precariously balanced on the fence and the feeder filling his face making us laugh until she’d leave and the sparrows, robins and the occasional cardinal would take what was left which was enough because of me and mom and my brothers and sisters and mom’s neighbors and friends who ensured the feast would be there especially in winter Mom’s gone now as is the feeder I’m sure because I don’t go there anymore but now I have a hummingbird feeder that hangs outside the
What Should We Talk About?
My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.
It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”
I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.