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You Shaped Me
to Linda Jean Shepherd
Prince's Daughter
Eres Muy Linda
~ a love song ~

She gave herself
for "her children"

classroom management ways and means
by Winslow Homer

One Hundred Years

from now

it will not matter what
your bank account was,
the sort of house you lived in,
or the kind of car you drove.


the world may just be
a better place because you
were important
in the life

(excerpt from "Within My Power" by Forest Witcraft)

Dangerous Minds?
Teachers Count

It is unfortunate when husband feels jealous or threatened by his wife's work. Leave her be.
Especially if her calling is children. It's God's work, helping the youth. Mentoring them.

MANVIEW - a husban's personal tribute
Linda was my wife, but it is my most extreme privilege that she became my soul mate. She was a unique and wonderful being, so full of love that she wanted to share it. It is the grandest stroke of fortune that I had the luck to become part of her life. Linda was so dynamic a person, her gift of herself so rare and so beautiful, it deserves, as the Lord says, to be placed on a candlestick for many to receive the benefit. Her life was incomplete. Linda was an extremely complex and beautiful individual, with a tremendously multifaceted personality with almost boundless compass and also a heart of yearning for the kids and youth. Her nature was to touch those guys on many different levels, and she had always been so. There was a richness of heart in her, a wealth of caring and loving that is so rare in the sad and desperate world she reached out to serve, uplift, and bless. I think for her it was a calling, a deep need, almost a mission. If all this initially sparked feelings of inadequacy in me, she never failed to try to reassure me. I don't think a man could have a better wife. She had to be, in a way, my teacher (too). And what a blessed stroke of good fortune for me. Even when Circumstances (or Karma) marched me out to the woodshed of life to expiate for my mistakes (emotional immaturity?), Linda never faltered to show how much she still cared for me - even if it took tough love, or I still had to come to terms with myself (my authority issues). I began to realize, with her help, that (as she had warned me from the start), truly God must come first in her life and marriage. Truly her calling is prior to my socalled needs.

She was a Teacher and she shaped me, also.

Can Love Be Beyond Limits?

fortis est ut mors dilectio
Canticles 8:6


The gratitude we owe to teachers, and those who work with children .... (including Social Workers, Scout leaders, youth workers, grandpas and grandmas, etc.)

And above all, mothers (and fathers)

Lady Lynn

They do the work of the angels ....
More than any other species, we [humans] survive by the accumulated experience of previous generations, and that experience needs to be passed on to children for their protection and well-being. [Richard Dawkins]

Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society.
[Joan Ganz Cooney]

The greatest natural resource that any country can have is its children.
[Danny Kaye]

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
[C. Everett Koop, M.D.]

We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.
[Barack Obama]

Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.
[Lyndon B. Johnson]

Kids are the only future the human race has.
[William Saroyan]

Children are the living messages we will send to a time we will not see.
[John W. Whitehead]

Needed - role models:
What we need more than anything else is not extbooks but textpeople. It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that pupils read, the text that they will never forget.
[Abraham Joshua Heschel]

Every good father is a little bit of mother.
[Lee Salk]

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth."
[Dan Rather]

Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.
[Nadia Bollanger]

We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.
[Henry Ward Beecher]

Romance fails us and so do friendships, but the relationship of parent and child, less noisy than all the others, remains indelible and indestructible, the strongest relationship on earth. [Theodor Reik]

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
[Jacques Barzun]

Every child has within a seed of divinity and it is the duty of a teacher to nurture it.
[Gary Amirault]

The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.
[Frank Clark]

If you can't hold children in your arms, please hold them in your heart.
[Mother Clara Hale]

Honor your teachers, too. In our country they are often our first "parents" outside the home, one further step in the growth to adulthood.
[Bob Shepherd]

A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops.
[Henry Brooks Adams]

The mother's heart is the child's school-room.
[Henry Ward Beecher]

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
[Emma Goldman]

The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps.
[Carl Sagan]

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
[George Santayana]

The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "Go to school and be a teacher." [The triumph of the Spirit, after tragedy, Mamie Mobley's inspiring story.]

I think the way people are educated nowadays tends to diminish their capacity for suffering. At present a school is reckoned good 'if the children have a good time.' And that used not to be the criterion. Parents moreover want their children to grow up like themselves (only more so), but nevertheless subject them to an education quite different from their own. -- Endurance of suffering isn't rated highly because there is supposed not to be any suffering -- really it's out of date.
[Ludwig Wittgenstein]

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