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Jim Huggins
January 14th, 2016
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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 13-14 January 2016
The Wednesday Hodgpodge appears courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. Share one thing that really makes your day.

A student who comes and starts a conversation with me about a topic --- any topic --- that shows their curiosity and desire to learn more.

2. Lots of these kinds of lists out there, but one found here says the fifteen most colorful places on earth are:
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy~Burano, Italy~Havana, Cuba~Rio de Janiero, Brazil~Chefchaouen, Morocco~Balat, Istanbul, Turkey~Menton, France~Jodhpur, India~La Baca, Buenos Aires, Argentina~Guanajuato, Mexico~Capetown, South Africa~Valparaiso, Chile~Wroclaw, Poland~San Francisco, California~and Pelourhino, Salvador, Brazil.
Of those listed which would you most like to see up close and in person? Of all the places you've seen or traveled in your own life, what would you say was one of the most colorful?

I've not heard of most of these, so it's hard to know which ones I'd choose to seek out.

Probably the most colorful place I remember was Yosemite National Park.   We visited a few years ago on spring break with the kids.   Spring breaks are weird for me because I'm usually just coming off of nine months of teaching and I spend a lot of time trying to de-compress and discover the world once again.   I can remember looking around at some of the sites there, just coming out of that stupor, and saying "wow ....".

3."Everything you want is on the other side of fear." Jack Canfield  In general, would you agree or disagree with that statement? Why?

Nope.   Too trite.   There are plenty of things we want that aren't within our reach.   Sometimes, that's a good thing.

4. Imagine you're stranded on a desert island and dessert appears...what do you hope it is? Do you ever struggle to remember which spelling is desert and which is dessert?

Dessert on a desert island?   Something cool and sweet, then.   A nice fruit and yogurt parfait, perhaps?

And, no I don't usually have a problem with spelling those two words.

5. What song almost always makes you cry?

6. January is National Soup Month.  Everything from soup to nuts, in the soup, thick as pea soup, souped up...which saying most recently applies to your life in some way? Explain.

In the soup, I suppose.   The semester has begun ... and sometimes, it's just time to hold on for dear life and see what comes.

7. Write a two word note to your younger self. What does it say?

Hold fast.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm only teaching one course this term instead of three.   I need to start figuring out what I'm doing with the blessing of all this extra time.

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