New Year's Eve
New Year's BLAST
As 2020 reveals itself to us, I’d like to share some thoughts that were passed along to me during this holiday season. There were a couple of lists entitled (8 or 9) Things to (Quit/Stop) in 2020 --- and I believe they are worth sharing --- apply as you see fit.
Even better, my Brown Education Department colleague, Polly Ulichny, sent a lovely Holiday greeting (which seems to have originated with a John Douglas in Charlotte, Vermont --- but I could be wrong about that). I’m not going to include all the aphorisms that were written within the sketch of a Xmas tree but I’ll list the ones I think might be good for any/all of us to keep in mind in 2020.
That’s a lot, I know, and lord knows there are quite few items in the list that I will need to very consciously work on --- but I think I’ll keep those lists around to remind me how to try to be a better person in 2020.
Finally, I’d like to finish with a quote from a documentary about Wynn Handman (the founder of the American Place Theatre) entitled “It Takes a Lunatic.” Handman, a storied acting teacher, uses a Tolstoy quote to sum up his hope for himself as a teacher, and it’s one I certainly subscribe to:
You only die if you don’t live on in others.
With that, have a Happy New Year, and let’s hope 2020 is a year we will all look back on with positive memories.
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