• I’m posting while waiting for the start of a workshop at the Holocaust Center. I’ve been looking forward to this seminar since it was announced; the title of it is “Confronting a Difficult Past: Germans Wrestle with the Legacy of Nazism and the Holocaust.” I’ve written here about one of the presenters, a man with whom I feel a deep and abiding connection. My juniors and seniors at CHS are reading Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower and are grappling with complex and often unanswerable questions. This is going to be, I think, a very important day for me as a professional and a person.
• I got up far too early this morning to get here (though the drive over was beautiful – the country between home and here is ablaze in autumn color). I’m expecting to hit a slump at about 10:00. Sometimes, I really wish I liked coffee..
• President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize today. While I’m fully expecting a lot of people to say “so what?” I think it’s important. One of the (many) reasons I wanted this man in office is the repair he could do to the reputation of our country through his attitude and behavior. I really do feel that, for as much as I’m frustrated by what the President hasn’t done, I really do feel that he’s a far better representative to the world of me and my beliefs than our former leader ever was.
• I have to return An Echo in the Bone on Tuesday, and I’m not nearly done with it. I’ve been good and have been doing my work rather than goofing off and reading for fun. I’m wondering when I’ll be able to take the book out again – I’m doubting that I’ll be able to just renew the thing because there’s probably a wait list…
That’s about all I’ve got right now. I hope you have a fantastic Friday!