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About Dee

I teach English at a local community college and am raising two children; I like to paint, write, pray, read, hike and travel.

The Unexpected Journey

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Bilbo: I’m old, Gandalf. I know I don’t look it, but I’m beginning to feel it in my heart. I feel… thin. Sort of stretched, like… butter scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday. A very long holiday. And I don’t expect I shall return. In fact I mean not to.

Bilbo: I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

Gandalf: I think you should leave the ring behind, Bilbo. Is that so hard?
Bilbo: Well, no.
[frowning]
Bilbo: …and yes. Now it comes to it, I don’t feel like parting with it. It’s mine, I found it. It came to me!
Gandalf: There’s no need to get angry.
Bilbo: Well, if I’m angry, it’s your fault.
[to himself]
Bilbo: …it’s mine… my own… my precious…
Gandalf: Precious? It’s been called that before, but not by you.
Bilbo: Oh, what business is it of yours what I do with my own things?
Gandalf: I think you’ve had that ring quite long enough.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowshiop of the Ring 2011

LIke Bilbo, I detested the thought of leaving the comfort of my home: the daily rituals, the dishes in order, tv at 7:30, my couples friends over for grilled burgers.  But I was called, and knew I had to go. For to stay was death, and I’d been dying slowly, like the proverbial frog in the boiling pot.  I had struggled, but there was no other way but to pack, put the house in order, and step out the door for the unwelcome, never-wished for, unknown trail ahead.

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I hate to give F’s, especially when a student is doing well, then starts to fall mid-semester.  How I wish I could tap on their head and say, “Hello, what’s going on in there?  Why are you throwing all your hard work away this semester?”  But of course I can’t – they are adults and I’m sure it would violate some section of the Geneva Code.  How I wish they’d come up and share what’s going on, so I could help redirect them, either with academics, or point them to a counselor or help to deal with what’s bringing them down.  Instead, whatever’s going on causes them to turn in “crappy” work, or no work at all.  It’s a bummer all around.

 

Professor Dee

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  • Yesterday, sitting in the teacher’s lounge (I teach English at a community college), I heard a fellow teacher complaining about her student’s behavior.  The student hadn’t turned in work and was giving the professor grief for not giving him a break on his grade.  The teacher worried about giving this student a poor grade for incomplete work.

    Professor Goodwin,  sitting next to me, said, “You need to give him the “F” – he didn’t do the work.”

    The worried teacher returned, “But what if he get’s upset – what if the other kids won’t like me.”

    Dr. Goodwin chuckled, “Tough nuggets,” and went back to her grading.

    Often many of us teachers eventually learn not to care what students think of us. At least this is how students see our occasional our pragmatic, unemotional responses. While many have learned to detach somewhat (to survive the plethora of student defenses, true and untrue…

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Ask Dee

 I’m a planner, and my friend does everything last minute.  She’ll call on a Saturday afternoon to go to the movie in a few hours, or if she’s going to get back to me about going out, it’s often right before the event we’re going to.  It tics me off – I’m a planner.  I’ll ask her to the movies a week ahead of time, but wont’ hear back till last minute.  I want to keep her as a friend, but don’t know how to connect without getting irritated. How should I handle this?

Marissa

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I’m told I give good advice. May I offer any you words of wisdom and a comforting shoulder for an overwhelming situation, that annoying relative, the insurmountable problem?   Beware, I’m a Christian – so this will be the “kind” version of what to do.

Be well, and try me out.

Dee

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Candice shared her dilemma.  Her Aunt Marina and cousin Maris are coming to  her house in December for a family gathering.  Maris is openly homosexual, and Marina is a fundamental Christian.  Maris is comical and easy going – Marina is nice but feels very convicted about her Christian values, which include being a homosexual equals being sinful.  I’m glad they are both coming, but afraid of the dinner together and possible topics that may come up. Lately Maris feels he must promote homosexuality as natural and healthy, while I know Marina will struggle and feel she has to uphold her faith.  How can I get through dinner and enjoy myself without a knotted stomach?

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