The Wednesday Hodgepodge is courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.
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.
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.
Lately, it's been fruit smoothies.
I'm a northerner. Anything above the 80s is uncomfortable for me.
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.
Well, considering my father is on social media, I should probably ask him that first, right? :)
The value of service to others ... inside the family and outside of it.
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.