Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 16-22 June 2015

Okay, I'm really late this week.   That's what happens when you travel ...

The Wednesday Hodgepodge is courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. June is National Great Outdoors Month. Have you spent any time appreciating the great outdoors this month? If so where, and if not do you have any plans to enjoy the great outdoors before the calendar turns?

I'm a geocacher.   That takes me outdoors quite a bit.   Maybe only for short periods of time ... but it's something.

Also, our family vacation to Northern Michigan starts soon, and that's always nice.

2. What's a current hot button issue for you?

It's hard for me to name one ... mostly because I try to stay away from hot button issues in social media.   As a teacher who lives his life in public view, I feel comfortable sharing how I feel about many issues of importance, because that sharing might make it more difficult for me to connect with the students I serve.

Having said that ... the one "meta-issue" that still gets me is the thoughtless sharing of thoughtless memes on Facebook.  "Whisper 'God I love you and I mean it'; share this post and a blessing will come, ignore it and all will go wrong."   Seriously?   God is petty enough to punish you because you won't share a Facebook post?   And, of course, daring to challenge the thoughtlessness gets you pegged as an old grumpy guy.

3. What's a food or treat that 'disappears like hotcakes' in your house?

Lately, it's been fruit smoothies.

4. How hot is too hot?

I'm a northerner.  Anything above the 80s is uncomfortable for me.

5. Do you have an artistic outlook on life? What does that mean to you?

I don't know what an "artistic outlook" means, even to me.   I'm a teacher, and teaching is more art than science.   I'm a horrible graphical artist, but I've been known to compose some nice images with my camera.

6. What's one question you'd like to ask your father, or one you wish you could ask your father?

Well, considering my father is on social media, I should probably ask him that first, right?  :)

7. Something you learned from your father?

The value of service to others ... inside the family and outside of it.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

In so many ways, I am still the awkward, gangly, geeky kid who wonders if he'll ever stop being picked last to play kickball.   Over the last two weeks, I received genuine love and affection from a number of colleagues and friends, and found myself surprised by it.   There's no reason that I should have been surprised by it, of course.  And yet it was an extremely powerful experience.

Some days, being loved is just about enough to get you through.

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