November Noticings (Flickr 30)

A few members of the Klingenstein cohort have decided to embark on a photography journey for the month of November. We are committing to taking a picture a day (a far cry from those who commit to take a picture every day of the year) in order to notice the “everyday” things. I think this is especially important as we are thinking and reading and discussing BIG things like privatization of schools, inner-city education, and ethics of educational institutions.

I hope to write (one day soon) about the Klingenstein wiki and Flickr site – and why I’m excited that other teachers and administrators are beginning to see the implications for these tools in schools.

My first entry, a photo of a strong tree in Central Park, reminds me of a poem by one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver. “When I am Among the Trees” fits perfectly with my pictures from the first and second of November. Enjoy!

November 1st, 2009:


November 2nd, 2009:


“When I am Among the Trees”

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

Mary Oliver, Thirst


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