November 16, 2017, Prescott-
Today marks the fortieth anniversary of my first day as a full-time educator. The two-year stint, in a rural area of central Maine, was far from my finest tour of duty, but it was a start. People there would not remember me fondly, but they may as well know that most of my demons have been cast.
On another note, I have been in touch with my son, regarding the earthquake in P’ohang, South Korea, about two hours drive from his city of Busan. He’s fine, as is his girlfriend. I follow such things with alacrity, however, as any parent would.
I am feeling stirrings of outrage, at the ruling allowing imports of elephant parts from Zimbabwe and Zambia, by trophy hunters. This is too obvious a ploy to let well-connected slaughter tourists have their way. There should be no more pretense that this helps conserve species.
Then, there is the “accidental” spill of thousands of gallons of crude oil, from the Keystone Pipeline, in northeastern South Dakota. Wow, who saw that coming?
Both parties, and all points on the political spectrum, have personages who have abused women; no surprise here either. Ego knows no ideology. At least, a few people, Sen. Franken and Louis CK, are willing to take their lickings. Many more, myself included, have had to undergo a considerable measure of emotional growth, in this regard. In my case, it’s been a very lengthy process, though I have not, once, forced my attentions on anyone or sought to avoid responsibility for making anyone uncomfortable. We have made some progress as a society, but not treating people as objects is an area of several segments and one in which each of us must take a measure of responsibility-whether it means changing our attitudes, or encouraging others to change theirs.
So, it’s been a full day, of wide-ranging stirrings in my psyche.