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My attempt to honor the Newtown, CT victims

Monday, December 17, 2012

This does not deal directly with diet and health; on the other hand, it does.

I'll keep this short, since words are really inadequate. I am a history teacher, a parent, and a human being. I've been very touched and saddened by the Newtown shootings. Truly it was a slaughter of the innocents, one that tore at the heart of so many families, a community, and this nation.

I have decided that my own way to honor the victims will be to take their memory to fuel my passion for teaching. I will teach like the world depends on it, which in a small sense, maybe it does, one student at a time - and for my own reshaping, one class at a time. This is not so much for the facts I teach, although facts can matter, but for what students will take with them in 10 or 20 years, which I think will be more the ways of thinking and empathizing that I hope I convey and transmit, and for the experience itself, of preparing one's mental and emotional skills to make the world a better place.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers and school principal were all deeply committed to their students, and sacrificed themselves to try and save their students' lives. I feel this is the best way I can use the gifts that I have been given to show my respect for their passion, commitment, and courage. I only hope I can measure up to their example.

To bring this back to health issues: isn't this an example of why everyone on Spark is trying to get healthy? Not just to live longer, but to be able to make a difference?

May we all persevere on our journeys to health, and find our unique ways to make that difference.

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/17/2012 9:14PM

    That's wonderful. I do believe that teachers can make a difference. emoticon

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GOPINTOS 12/17/2012 8:34PM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing!


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LINDAKAY228 12/17/2012 1:55PM

    I love your tribute to them and what you plan to do. I have been so deeply affected by this even though I live in New Mexico and am so far away from where it happened. Even though I don't know anyone there, I feel a little bit of the pain they feel, although there is no way I could totally feel it since I've not been through it. And we are trying to get healthy to make a difference in whatever way we can. You make a dfference in a lot of ways, but one of them is through your teaching and working with youth. I work with elderly and disabled. we each have our gifts to use to the fullest to make this world a better place.

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COOP9002 12/17/2012 10:41AM

    Good way to honor their memory and sacrifice.

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DIETER27 12/17/2012 10:41AM

  truly a sad time. It is truly a reason why everyone at spark is trying to ge t healthy . Atleast as far as i am concerned to live longer and to make a difference in someone's life.

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SAMMI4444 12/17/2012 10:39AM

    That's such a lovely way to remember those who were lost. Good luck :)

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