What makes a good teacher?

All those who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth. Aristotle 384 – 322 B.C. If you had the ability to choose, would you rather send your child to a school where all the teachers were certified or one where they all had master’s degrees? In America, most states require teachers to be certified, which is a costly process. Getting a master’s degree can be even more expensive. The question, of course, is which is better. So take a moment to think about it. Quoting from …
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Feeding squirrels

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others! William Hazlitt 1778 – 1830 Several years ago, we moved into a house with a wonderful backyard. It was spacious, with mature trees and a hearty squirrel population. The squirrels took refuge in the trees and lived off their fruits; one of the larger trees produced small red berries that seemed to be a staple of the squirrels’ diet. One morning I observed a daredevil squirrel climbing an extremely small branch to get berries. The branch was …
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A better past

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Swami Sivananda 1887 – 1963 Rabbi Nehama Benmosche once said, “I have given up all hope of a better past.” I love that thought; there’s so much wisdom in those words. We would all do well to stop and think about what it means to “give up all hope of a better past.” Like so many others, I’ve spent far too much time trying to create a better past. This effort has ranged from formulating simple, perfect comebacks hours …
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