The wonderful adventures of Mr. C. and his students
Hello everyone, I hope summer 2019 is treating you kindly and you are all doing well!
At the behest of several influences and advisers, I am starting a blog to chronicle my teaching stories, poems, thoughts, lessons learned and details on upcoming events.
1a. I will be giving a speech at the PEP (Parents Encouraging Parents) Conference in Colorado Springs in January 2020. This will be my first speech for PEP, a conference I have attended as an educator and a program I fully support and believe in as they join families of people with disabilities together for the purposes of resources, fellowship, and information. It is a great event for families and all that attend. More to come on this...
1b. I will also be doing a lecture and poetry reading at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on October 4, 2019. I will share more details as they arrive.
2. I am also looking into securing more speaking opportunities in the future, including school districts and educational conferences. If you know of anyone that might benefit from my speaking services, please feel free to spread the word by sharing my web site. Thanks in advance for any and all word-spreading. :)
3. My book, Fingerprints (Turning Point Press) is available now. You may click on the title of it on my web site to be directed to sites where you can purchase it. If you would like a signed copy, please message me, and we can make that happen as well. At this time, I am in a good place creatively, coming up with ideas for poems that need to be written. It's funny...I spent nearly 15 years working on poems for Fingerprints, thinking that was all I had to say in this world, and now that it is out, I am realizing just how much more I have to say, to art-ify through the medium of poetry. Hopefully, I will be able to post poems here as they become available. Please keep in mind that many of these poems are very "rough" and will likely require a lot of revising and editing post-blogging. If you have any feedback for me, I welcome it.
4. On a personal front, this summer has been pretty prosperous as I took the plunge and officially set up roots in the Pueblo West community by purchasing a house. I look forward to many happy years in this abode and in the community that I love dearly.
As stated in the video below, I am trying to be happy. Life is a struggle. Not just for people with disabilities but for nearly everyone breathing this world's air. Struggle knows no socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability, or age. I like to think that we, as a people, should be kind to anyone and everyone we meet because of the very essence of struggles we all face--whether physical, mental, or spiritual. The song below has been my anthem this summer. "Maybe I'm just scared to be happy..." This may be true for me. I get so caught up in my own struggles at times that I sometimes omit the "Good Things" in life. By failing to experience and acknowledge the good things in life, I fall short of being grateful for the enormity of accomplishments and blessings I have in my life. I'm going to try to be more cognizant of this and enjoy what I have rather than focusing on what I don't have. To struggle is to be human but focus on the positive is pivotal to the state of being happy.
Here's to wishing you all a great end of the summer. Please follow my blog and come back regularly!
Peace with popcorn grease!