it is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall.  ~mexican proverb

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on the beautiful island of  jamaica

a few years back

i

went

horseback riding

with my friend

and a ‘guide’

and no regulations

and no paperwork

and off we went

up

into the mountains

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only to  find

a tiny coffee shop

in the middle of nowhere

serving wonderful

 blue mountain coffee

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and

 a farmer

way up high

on the mountain

who had a cooler

of local beer

and

who grew

local crops

some legal

some not

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we stopped

for a rest

and a beer

and

tried out

the local crops

then headed

back down the mountain

and my horse

took off like a shot

 running

at top speed

and

we flew

through the trees

over the trail

into the bushes

i pulled back

on the reins

with all of my strength

to slow him down

held on tight

 planning to roll

when i would

at last

be thrown off

the guide

caught up

grabbed my reins

yelled something

to my horse

who finally

slowed down

and said

‘oh, mon. i forgot to tell you

 you are riding

‘lightning’

he loves to race

as fast as the wind

whenever

there are other horses around

glad you held on’

and my friend caught up and said

‘ i saw your sandals fly off

as you galloped away

 and it was one wild ride

to see from behind.’

and i said,

‘good thing

i wore my ‘relax’ shirt.’

though

i’m not sure

my horse could read

riding:  the art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.  ~author unknown

the teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner. – e. hubbard

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the first year that i became a teacher

i challenged

my multi-age third-fifth grade class

to find

the longest word in the english language

antidisestablishmentarianism

to learn

how to spell it

to discover

its meaning

to be

excited

about the power of words

then

i received

the above note

 from one of those students

challenging me back

at a higher level

and

i was

excited

about the power

of his words

and

understood

their meaning

and

discovered

that

i loved

being a teacher

and

learning

every single day

 

if you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. – dolly parton

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GOOD NEWS! I-96 reopened 3 weeks early, and morning commutes became easier on Monday morning after 6 months of 7 miles of total road closure.  On Sunday afternoon thousands of people came down to a stretch of the reconstructed I-96 to enjoy a Metro Detroit freeway as never before … by walking, on bike and with anything else they could ride – even a marching band showed up. Any and all were invited to join in the celebration. That’s how we roll in the motor city.

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if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
- lewis carroll

 

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