These days the weather is gauged by me in terms of suitability for flying. Although I’ve always enjoyed the emotional medicinal effects of sunshine and clear skies, my love of calm winds and generally good visibility has increased dramatically since learning to fly. I couldn’t help but notice, therefore, when I was out walking the dog at 6:30 a.m., what utter
Being fairly tied to the weather in terms of my moods, this day has been a surprising gift: Despite grey skies and generally crappy weather, I flew a plane today (all by myself!) before the rain started this morning. Then I enjoyed an incredible feast of music and authentic Christian fellowship at a new church which my neighbour had invited me to. After this outing, I indulged in the luxury of a short nap at home, and then set out with my family for dinner downtown with dear friends.
I do so prefer sun... but this gift of a day has reminded me that the sun need not always dictate my moods! Grey, as it turns out, can also be a pleasant colour. :D
A month ago, I thought it couldn't be done, and tonight I am celebrating the high that comes with a challenging success!!!
Readers familiar with my flight blog will know that I have had tremendous struggles with learning to fly. Not only am I finding the material and the skill set rather overwhelming, but
Picked up the boys from German school this morning with a friend of ours we wanted to take to Krispy Kreme. (He had never been to a "donut" factory before, being fairly new to Canada.) Sadly, the donut machine was off when we got there, so in an effort to not lose the fun of the whole afternoon, we decided to head to the Airport instead.
I wanted to park on the side of the road and watch the planes land and take off, but Alex and Simon preferred to ride the mono-rail. (What 6-year-old doesn't love to watch big airplanes up close??!! What is wrong with these kids?!) So, we parked for pay and rode back and forth between terminals a few times, watching the various passengers come and go. Kind of exciting to see some pilots heading off to work, too.
Then our friend rode the moving sidewalk with the boys, racing them from one end to the other -- they all laughed and laughed. It was good to see; this friend has not laughed for a long, long time.
Every now and again you have a particularly splendid day. Today was one of those for me.
Having recently started exploring the work of one of the most famous women in aviation, I came across this quote:
"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."
Although many of her quote are directly aviation-related, Earhart also has some wider worldly insights to share. I am quite enjoying getting to know her a little bit, even if it is distracting me from my studying, hehe.
(This is a blog entry from my flight blog at www.flyonline.weebly.com)
Educators are familiar with Howard Gardiner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. In a nutshell, Gardiner argues that whereas traditional IQ tests typically measure only
For the past 8 weeks I have been in the company of men. Twice weekly for 3 hours at a time, I am have been taking a night class where I am the only woman in a group of roughly 18 students.
I have observed that men tend to behave differently when women are around -- even if the woman is more of a tom-boy than a "lady". They can't seem to help themselves; they get going in their wild and raunchy way, and then suddenly, inevitably, one of them will seem to remember that I am there, and although I am often the provoceur of the greatest buffoonery of all, the one who remembers that I am in fact not "one of the guys" suddenly seems a little bit, well, uncomfortable, for lack of a better word. It's kind of cute.
The other day on the way down the escalator, one of them grabbed my laptop bag and carried it all the way to the classroom. He wouldn't have done that for one of the other men. I found this intriguing. And... I kind of appreciated it! It made me feel special.
Some will no doubt call me anti-feminist when they read this, but I think I like chivalry. You know, the old fashioned, door opening, "ladies first" kind of nonsense. I like it! I think when a man behaves that way, my response immediately mirrors it. I become more polite, and find myself behaving in a more "lady-like" fashion, rather than acting like the hoodlum I typically engender.
I think feminine wit and intelligence can still flourish in a such a world.
One of my huge disappointments in Education has been the apparent lack of critical thinking in the workforce. Over the decade and a half
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