My amazing fighter-friend Amelia Rogocka (aka “Monkey”) writes a blog. You should check it out, especially this article about her experience at the Art of Combat NYC Intensive and her longsword fight (which I fought with her!).
I was going to blog about this, but the Globe and Mail beat me to it: Does the standing ovation mean anything anymore? Personally, it’s seeming more like a requirement rather than an accolade, and I’m really seeing this at the Stratford Festival. I only stand if the show is worth standing for — or if I want to watch the curtain call but can’t see it because everyone else is already standing.
As an educator (albeit not in a school, but I still work with kids on a daily basis), I think this article is totally spot-on: 3 Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids… And How To Correct Them. One of the comments really resonated with me as well: “I try to teach the parents the best way to handle these situations with the best outcome but they all tell me I wouldn’t understand because I don’t have my own kids.” Most of the families I teach understand that I don’t have kids myself yet but they have never undermined me this way — yet I have friends who teach in schools who have had this experience. How horrible for them. I worry that someday, some of these pampered, spoiled kids will be running the country, and what will that country look like?!
Via Nubby Twiglet: The One Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Blogging. I’ve actually been blogging on this site since July 2010 (hard to be lieve!) and before that I was blogging at Diaryland and Xanga. I was not one of the cool people with a Livejournal. It’s so interesting to see how blogs have changed over the years. My biggest piece of advice? KEEP BLOGGING.