Not a bad week, not at all! I’ve been reading The Last Summer of Death Warriors. I’ve been reading it real slow as school increases the pace of life around me and I’ve been reading it slowly not wanting to finish it. The books reminds me so much of A Prayer for Owen Meany, one of my all time favorites. Also not a bad week because I won bakeware from a blogger I truly admire! I’d love to promise to bake something wonderful in the pans and post a photo, but I don’t want to break a promise.  
I like that young people of color have so many more opportunities today. Needless to say education is critical in being able to get a foothold and I don’t just mean reading and writing and ‘rithmetic but also being in situations that teach how to build and maintain relationships, how to network. Don’t you think there seem to be so many more ways to do that now? The tools are there but it helps to know the ways to use them effectively.
What I’m really liking is that the opportunities are there for us at any age. Are you doing the same thing you were doing 10 years ago? Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing ten years ago? I’m not and I’m wondering where I’ll be 10 years from now.
It’s all about being ready for the opportunity.
I think Mitali Perkins gave me the first direction to move forward when she posted about vision statements.

If you don’t have a vision statement yet for your vocation, here are some prompts to get you started creating your own:
  1. Describe two pivotal events in your life (one before age 20).
  2. Name two things you LOVE to do with your time other than writing or reading.
  3. Complete this eulogy: “S/he would have done ANYTHING to help …”

What’s your vision statement?
Certainly something anyone who is not stagnant needs to have. Life moves pretty fast and sometimes  you have to stop and take a look at things around you.  I think I’ll call it my Death Warrior Manifesto.

8 thoughts on “SundayMorningReads

  1. Congrats on winning your bakeware. I’m still on my library’s holds list for the latest Stork book. I probably should read Marcelo in the Real World while I wait. I think there are many more ways now to network and make connections, but the question is how to teach that to kids who otherwise wouldn’t know about it until their adults?

    I am doing what I was doing 10 years ago (being a college student), but I’m also doing more like being a blogger and taking charge of what I’m learning.

    Have you read Drive by Daniel Pink? In it he talks about having one sentence to live your life by. I have one that I use for all areas of my life: She knew no boundaries. I’m always doubting myself and staying in my comfort zone so I have to remind myself to go outside of what I know and try something different.

    Have a great week, Edi!

    • @Vasilly: It’s such a vicious cycle: the students don’t know because they don’t use it in meaningful ways in school. The teachers don’t teach it because they don’t know it and they don’t know it because they didn’t learn in…
      I really think if teachers would use blogs and Twitter and iPods in their personal life, they’d find it so much easier to teach the stuff.
      Tech isn’t always the answer. We do still need to know how to connect in real life. What you were doing 10 years ago must still work for you! I think educators are in a position more than most of the population to need to know technology.
      I’ll have to look up The Drive. I’m not familiar. It sounds like the mantras that I got from Dr. Dyer last week.
      @Vicky: Simon Birch

  2. i LOVE Owen Meany — love love love that book! and loved Death Warriors — Francisco is a gifted man. Congratulations on the win — what will you make first?

    P.S. — did not hear good things about that movie. I think it was called Simon Birch, and ended up being a very, very loose adaptation

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