Immense Talent

We lost many celebrities in 2014 who will be missed. It is a long list and not all of them will be names that resonate with everyone. Ones who immediately come to my mind are James Garner, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple Black, Joan Rivers, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mike Nichols, Lauren Bacall, Richard Attenborough, Sid Caesar, Eli Wallach, Ann B. Davis, and Pete Seeger, to name but a few. But the one name that stands out for me as an immense loss is Robin Williams. He gave us a lot to laugh about but also a lot to think about. He did indeed have an immense talent. This is what I wrote on August 19th, 2014.

Ms M's Bookshelf

A few months ago I wrote about one of my all time favourite movies, Dead Poets Society.  I have the poster on the wall of my ‘tech room’ along with one from King Lear and another from Stratford’s 1979 season, Henry IV, and one of Amelia Earhart.  Pretty heady company.  This movie touched me as a teacher.  The story centers around a young professor (O Captain, my Captain) at a prep school who inspires his students to reach out, reach up, and find what in the world has worth and meaning to them, to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” (Thoreau).  Their theme is ‘carpe diem‘ — seize the day!  It is a sad and poignant story because the one young man who reached the hardest and found the most finds himself thwarted and, faced with losing everything he has found…

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About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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