Archive - Mar 24, 2006

Potting perennials

Leo's getting used to the cold. Although the greenhouse is heated, it isn't exactly cozy--and here Leo is in a T-shirt potting perennials. The fact that Leo knows how to work does a lot to overcome the language barrier. He's taking to nursery work like a duck to water.

Orpha was also at the potting bench. She returned this week for her 42nd spring at the nursery. I can keep track of it because she started the year I was born, 1964.

Character education

When I first heard that the kids to whom I was going to speak today were part of a "character education" program, I was a little taken aback. Shouldn't all education be "character" education? Shouldn't the basic virtues of honesty, integrity and the Golden Rule be emphasized in all subjects?

They should be, but they aren't. And so, I think the idea of education in matters of character is important. The kids seemed to be picking up on some of the basics. It was fun to see them comfortable discussing virtues in the abstract.

Schoolkids and Lions

Went to Gary, MN today to speak to elementary school kids as a part of their "character education" program. I had no idea what I was going to say, figuring I'd wait and see how things panned out. I am always more intimidated by children than by senior citizens or other groups.