Mark my words…

Mark’s talk is up and running at sevenoseven’s site. To see it, click here and scroll down the page until you see the option to view the video in quicktime.

Here are some sneak peek pics highlighting the night…



jitters in a tin lunch box

well, the apprehension is here…it’s not wanting at all…the first day of school has always been a challenge for me. I feel as though a wonder woman lunch box and a cabbage patch backpack would be just the pill to make this anxiety decrease to a more manageable level…

through the brita filter


This picture is from bbc news, it’s a picture of an Iraqi girl filling a bucket from a water tanker in an eastern district of Baghdad…since early June, the city has suffered severe power shortages, causing water crisis in many areas. Water missions such as Water for Life, Blood Water Mission and Water is Basic seek to provide clean drinking water for families, communities and nations facing water shortages and water contamination issues in our world today…it’s real, it’s happening. If we just choose to look past our brita filtered lives…

Top 10 [a year in review]

Today’s my one year anniversary of teaching at the college. I decided to pull my post from a year ago listing the Top 10 things I learned my first week teaching:


  1. Don’t assume that since they’re in college they’ll act like it.
  2. Let them express themselves in their work…as I recently read, “Creativity is the fire of an entrepreneur, the ingenuity of an engineer, the curiosity of a scientist, the intuition of a police detective, the resourcefulness of a firefighter, the reflexes of a quarterback, the precision of a surgeon, the cunning of a lawyer, the patience of a teacher, the courage of a soldier.”
  3. Just like children, students need clear boundaries.
  4. A syllabus is NOT a legal document… “Tentative” should be written all over it!
  5. Listen to your more-senior colleagues (which includes just about everyone there). No matter how well you think you understand the academic world, you still don’t understand the new institution of which you’re a part. Organizations have different “unwritten” rules and only your colleagues can save you from them.
  6. Don’t listen to everything your colleagues say. I know this contradicts the prior thing I learned, but everything has its flipside.
  7. As for class prep, keep it simple and your students will actually learn more.
  8. Students can hear your stomach growl from the back of the room.
  9. Do not annoy IT guys on campus. Just assume that the computers hate you and that anything you do to assuage their hate will only make matters worse.  The IT dept is the political headquarters for computers; they can make your day or smash it w/ one single keystroke!
  10. Two words, academic claustrophobia…get out a little and breathe some fresh air.


 So, there you go…the top 10…hopefully, w/in the next week, I’ll try to develop the Top 10 Things I Should Have Learned My First Week Teaching

A superhero speaking about superheroes…hmmm [8/26/08 @ 7:07pm]

Mark’s speaking next Sunday night at Sevenoseven…he’s amazing…call me and we can sit together and form a fan group and all wear t-shirts and paint our faces…hmmmm.

Here’s the promo: 

Unlikely - sevenoseven

::every day, each and every one of us has an opportunity.
::an opportunity to be extraordinary.
::possibly even heroic.::

::from august 26th through september 9th we’ll take a look ::at three figures in the book of judges.::
::gideon. deborah. samson.::

::everyday kinds of people. just like you and me. no one
::would have suspected that these individuals would
::rescue their nation. it would be highly
::unlikely that any of these would
::ever be anything more
::than average.::

::however unlikely…::

::they turned out to be heroes.::

::august 26th::
::september 2nd::
::september 9th::