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Perhaps it is fitting that I was listening to “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” on the drive over here this morning. One of my favorite quotes is from Maya Angelou:

“People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget
How you made them feel.”

I’ve been thinking back to those high school days and to be honest, I don’t remember much. I remember “Wise Guy” and “Ed” and CSF meetings. I recall ditching trig once or twice (or a dozen) times & hanging out in your classroom. I don’t really remember what we read or what I wrote or even much of what you talked about. I remember loving your class because you had such obvious passion for what you did… and you believed the best in all of us. The teacher I am today stems from what I learned by watching you. Be a little crazy, have a lot of fun, and by all means, enjoy learning!

It was my incredible good fortune to work beside you as a colleague and a great blessing to consider you a friend. Best wishes, much happiness, and loads of joy as you take on new adventures. Please stay in touch!!

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I received this email on Facebook out of the blue the other day. It was from someone I met through networking on Twitter and then connected with on Facebook. A few months ago, I had sent out a crowdsourcing plea for help with a Java outline. A professor from Sierra College had responded and we began to follow each other and interact a bit. The author of the message below is a colleague of this professor and back in school to work on a CS degree. She responded to something I posted, or I responded to something she posted… either way, we connected. This is one of the reasons I find social networking/media so facinating. You end up meeting people you’d never have a chance to be in contact with otherwise, and, in some cases, you might end up influencing someone without even being aware that is what you were doing. Here’s what she wrote:

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I received this email on Facebook out of the blue the other day. It was from someone I met through networking on Twitter and then connected with on Facebook. A few months ago, I had sent out a crowdsourcing plea for help with a Java outline. A professor from Sierra College had responded and we began to follow each other and interact a bit. The author of the message below is a colleague of this professor and back in school to work on a CS degree. She responded to something I posted, or I responded to something she posted… either way, we connected. This is one of the reasons I find social networking/media so facinating. You end up meeting people you’d never have a chance to be in contact with otherwise, and, in some cases, you might end up influencing someone without even being aware that is what you were doing. Here’s what she wrote:

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The first was my own obstinate will to carry on in the face of adversity, one of the many habits of discipline that my father instilled in me and all of my brothers and sisters. We were taught to never give up, never to passively accept fate, but to exhaust every last ounce of will and hope in the face of any challenge. This was most certainly the teaching that led to our eldest brother, Joe Jr., to volunteer for a highly dangerous flying assignment near the end of World War II, one that in fact cost him his life. It fueled Jack’s determination to stay alive as he floated in the Pacific after his patrol torpedo boat was rammed and sunk by the Japanese. And I am convinced that it accounted for the life force and cheerful resolve of our beloved sister Rosemary, who pursued laughter, games, travel, and social affairs well after it became clear that nature had placed severe limits on her intellectual capacity.

~ Edward Kennedy, True Compass

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