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As A Career
Munir Moosa Sewani
is considered as ďThe Green PassportĒ of our future.
person who gets a professional qualification and acquires a high
degree gets ready acceptance worldwide with an open arm. The
profession which was on, is on, and would be continued forever is
the profession of teaching, which is one of the most noble and
leading of careers in todayís world.
growing demand of teachers is hovering in every field of life
internationally, whether it's school, college, university, organization,
Multinational company or else where. Teaching is the only
profession which gives the greatest and the multi-dimensional
opportunities of career to an individual.
developing countries now recognize that teaching requires the dedicated
leadership of professional specialists to mold the future of the next
is the specialized field of education, and it requires proper education,
training and inborn adoration for children. Itís not an easy
profession. Time has gone when those who did not get good job
opportunities shifted themselves in the field of teaching in order to
earn livelihood. Today, teaching is the professional liberal art field.
Teaching requires skills that can be brought out by taking professional
certifications or degree courses.
involves being with children or with colleagues to design syllabi or
problem solving too.
the field of Education/Teaching, you can become a Principal , Vice
Principal, Deputy Head Teacher, Section Head, Co-ordinator, Supervisor,
Teacher Educator, Educational Psychologist, Student Counselor,
Curriculum Developer or Researcher, Special Educator, Language Co-ordinator,
Recruitment Manager, Writer, Programme Officer, Montessori Directress,
Lecturer, Subject Specialist, Journalist and so on.
not a profession of last resort; itís a profession of dedication.
person who adopts a career in education gets the starting salary from
3000 rupees to 300 thousand rupees nationally and anywhere from
1000-50,000 dollars internationally.
best qualification which suits a teacher is at least Graduate or Post
Graduate with specialization in the subject over which they command
(like education, psychology etc.)
courses are additional advantages for the post of Teacher and Asst
Montessori directress, at least Certificate/Diploma in Montessori is the
pre-requisite along with some internship experience in high profile
the primary and elementary level, command over early childhood,
education, art, music, and physical activities are necessary along with
the same manner, Diploma courses in Special Education or Teacher
Education is the pre-requisite for the position of Deputy Head or
Special or Teacher Educator.
professional degrees like B.Ed and M.Ed is the required degree to become
professional lecturer, professor, writer, program officer, etc.
There is Masterís Degree in Teacher Education as well, which is
nowadays in demand to qualify for many high salaries.
Researchers, Head Principal, or Educational Psychologist, in many cases
a PhD in their subject is the required qualification.
they can join?
can join any Private/Governmental institution, school, college,
university, educational publishing house, Montessori, Government
Research Departments, and Media.
that continued training is necessary to meet the future challenges.
teaching methodology, pre-planning, and communication skills, reading
and writing skills, and clear language are the features of the great
few of the careers in the field of education is described below
assesses the needs of the professionals and advise an individual/
professional to choose the right career. Education consultants also
develop policies and program initiatives within an area of professional
Education Teacher/ Educator
are the ones who design curriculum, and teach according to the special
needs of students. They are the ones who work with students who have a
variety of disabilities such as deaf and dumb, mild, moderate, severe,
profound, borderline, cerebral palsy, mental retardation etc.
education teachers instruct their students in basic life skills and
are the ones, who give the true and efficient guidance to the students
in order to evaluate their talents and to choose the desired career
according to their talents and creativity. Student counselors evaluate
the students' abilities and interests and guide them to take proper
serve as an Administrator of a school or college. They are the ones who
develop rules and regulations, designing and promoting programs and
activities. They also promote educational and professional development
of the students and staff. They also evaluate teacherís skills and
polish these time to time by arranging Certificate Courses for them.
design and formulate the curriculum according to the age level of
also manage research projects.
are the ones who use a variety of methods such as interviews,
questionnaires, etc on specific issues and prepare report and theses.
also analyze and present data in a meaningful manner.
are the ones who not only write curriculum books, but they are the ones
who write articles and also help in formulating teaching curriculum.
teach their students with an inborn adoration and also groom their
skills time to time by attending workshops or teacher training courses.
are the ones who evaluate students' strengths, instruct them and teach
Master Trainer/ Teacher Educator:
are the ones who train teachers. They develop instructional materials
and educational content. They are the one who also assess a teacherís
also provide guidelines to the schools/ colleges and also design
suitable activities for students.
work on a wide range of issues, such as strategic planning, competitive
positioning, performance management, student and teaching hiring and
firing, alumni relation, etc.
Moosa Sewani is one of the most famous, prominent and creative
names in the field of Education for the past 11 years. He is a
Master Trainer In Special Education, Post Graduate, Teacher
Educator and a Teacher. He is a Freelance Writer and
Photographer, in addition to his role as a featured writer for
StarTeaching's newsletter for five and a half years now. He is
an author of the famous self-published storybook for children
titled "The MORAL STORIES FOR CHILDREN" and has also
written a Biology book for Secondary Classes. He has written
more than 100 articles dealing with social, health,
educational and cultural issues, which are internationally
recognized and published in famous world wide websites,
newsletters, magazines and newspapers.
is also a Social worker, private tutor, career counselor,
musician, lyrics writer and have multi- dimensional talents.
His future plan is to write dozens of informative articles and
to work for education and media, in order to explore hidden
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Hand is an
educator's resource for using some of the coolest technologies
Learning in Hand is
written by Tony Vincent. Tony taught fifth
grade in Omaha, Nebraska for six years, and three of those years
his students were pioneers in educational handheld computing.
Then, as technology specialist at Willowdale Elementary, Tony
brought the newest technologies into classrooms. Whether it was
digital video, blogs, email, podcasts, or handhelds, Tony helped
Willowdale teachers and students understand the usefulness of
new technologies. Currently, Tony is self-employed as an
education consultant. He conducts workshops, presents at
conferences, and writes books based on his teaching experiences
and passion for new technologies.
Always excited to
share, Tony has documented much of what he knows about handheld
computing and podcasting on his website, learninginhand.com.
There you'll find useful software collections, the best webs
links for handhelds, complete lesson plans, and an informative
Tony is a teacher who
wants to make education effective, relevant, and fun. He knows
handhelds are small computers that can make a big difference in
classrooms! He hopes Learning in Hand inspires and motivates
teachers to use technology that students crave.
I made a three-minute video for teachers in Fulton
Country, Georgia who are coming to a project-based learning
workshop I'm leading next month. I thought maybe
others would like to see the video as well, so I've posted
it on Vimeo
I love that project-based
learning gives us a framework to authentically use
technology with students. It doesn't matter much what kind
of tech is available. Students just need resources and
guidance to question, investigate, share, and reflect.
Read and watch more about
project-based learning with iPad and iPod touch on my PBL
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are six modules designed to test the basic ability of an
individual in terms of Memory & Concentration. Needless to
say this is the most important basic skill for not just to
survive but also to thrive in this competitive environment.
Each of the six modules tests the six variants of Memory &
Concentration in an individual, namely:
of these modules runs at three different levels, from easy to
At each level, the individual's performance is depicted as
A feedback has been built into the software for all these 18
levels depending on the marks one scores during the
Each individual can assess his/her performance any time by
clicking on "history", which gives complete details
of date and time of taking the tests, marks scored each time
and even time taken to do the test. This builds the confidence
level and encourages more participation to eventually
culminate in improvement and enhancement of memory and
Essentially, this software is a SELF AWARENESS tool that
surely motivates the individual to realize one's capability
and seek or be receptive for improvement. Also, if repeatedly
done over a period of time works as Training tool to enhance
software package is specifically designed to help young
children to learn basic skills that will help them in
school. Continued follow-up will give these young
learners success as they mature.
Three versions of the software exist:
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Changing Face of the Traditional Book Report
Are your students bored with your old book reports? Looking
to jazz up your old presentations? There are a number of great
ideas to change your old assignments and bring them into the
We want our students to enjoy reading, and to read outside of class,
but we don't want to bore students with the same old reports they've
been doing for years.
Don't get me wrong, I like my students to find some specific pieces of
information. They will always be required to find info on characters,
setting, and plot. And I like to have them include their evaluation of
the book, what they learned and to whom they'd recommend this book.
Beyond the basic fact-finding is the presentation. There are many ways
to jazz these up too. Your students could make commercials or
infomercials trying to sell their books. These could be live in class,
online, or recorded on video. Include music and graphics or special
Students could create a project to represent a scene from their story.
This might be a model, a diorama box, posters, banners, or other art
projects using various art class media.
You might allow students to take an important scene from the book and
bring it to life. Reader's theater, puppet shows, and skits can be
performed in class or videotaped earlier.
Students can vary the old display 'poster' by showing off artifacts in a
shadow box. Find items around the house that represent the story's
character, setting, or events and set them up in an interesting display.
Another idea is to use presentation software such as PowerPoint. Have
your students create different slides detailing what they learned about
characters, plot, setting, mood, and other literary devices from their
Another neat program we started using this year is the GarageBand from
Macintosh. This enables students to create their own music using basic
templates of different sounds, instruments, beats, and rhythms. Students
have created short songs that impart the mood and tone of their books,
and we can then present these to class or add them to web pages or
If you've assigned a biography or autobiography, you might have students
make a website describing the life and beliefs of the individual
character. You could have students create a 'mock' interview with their
character, writing in the answers that person might have given.
There are many ways to change your old book reports so they're more
interesting. And you can incorporate technology easily in these
projects. Don't be afraid to try out something new. You can often rely
on your students to help you when it comes to technology. And you'll be
making class much more interesting for your students.
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Re-Thinking Teacher PD
By Mark Benn, Instructional
Benn is a Technology Integration Coach for VARtek Services, Inc. Having just completed almost 25 years as an educator for Inland Lakes Public Schools, and having received a Masters of Science in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University in 2010, he now works in a position that supports teachers of K-12 classrooms in the southwest Ohio region that are interested in integrating technology into their learning environments. VARtek Services mission is to be the best provider of managed technology solutions for enhanced learning in the KĖ12 marketplace. Our website is:
Here's a thought-provoking article that will have you re-thinking the
way you structure professional development:
Classroom Management is About Getting Pupils to Follow Your
Instructions Every Time
When we are put in stressful situations the directions and
instructions we give out to pupils who are annoying us are often very
unclear and often impulsive. As such they virtually guarantee conflict
when they are stated.
Children become confused unless the instructions we give them are
very specific - especially when they are in a state of anxiety
Vague instructions give them choice, and if you want them to behave
in a certain, specific way, you need to tell them exactly what that
specific way entails - choice is the last thing you want to give them.
Let's not also forget that a large proportion of pupils in our
classes are EBD, ADHD or on the autistic spectrum and as such, have a
genuine need for unambiguous, precise instructions.
The following example illustrates this need perfectly:
At the first EBD centre I taught in, the pupils (11-14yrs) were
allowed on the yard at break to play football.
These sessions were a living nightmare for whoever was on duty
because even when the boys were given explicit instructions to
"walk down to the yard quietly", they were unable to contain
themselves for more than a few steps before tearing off shouting and
yelling at the tops of their voices and running wild in the school
The solution to this problem came when I remembered that the same
'chunking' method I used in class with these boys, whereby their work
was broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks, would be necessary
in all their activities if they were to be kept under control.
The instructions, which sound incredibly pedantic, broke the short
200 yard journey into very small segments and went something like
"Stand silently behind your chairs." (wait for them to
stand in silence before giving next instruction) "Walk across the
hall to the fire door and wait in line." "Go though the doors
and walk down the corridor to the outside doors. Wait in line at the
doors, don't go through them." "Now walk to the gate and wait
.. and so on.
At every stage, if a child misbehaved in any way they were sent back
to the previous door to have another go at following the instructions
properly. And in their eagerness to get to the yard, they complied every
Whenever a child continued to play up, they were calmly reminded that
the consequence of their silliness was that they were missing their
break. Again, this usually resulted in a compliant child without the
need for tantrums from either the staff or the pupil concerned.
These extremely tight, precise instructions transformed break-times
from a living hell into an enjoyable activity for everyone. The boys
appreciated the tight boundaries because they could have a full 20
minutes of football - whereas before, they weren't even getting a game
started; and the staff were no longer having to spend 20 very stressful
minutes chasing wild boys round the grounds, and then a further hour
calming them down in class.
By giving directions that are specific and unambiguous, we alleviate
the need for us to raise our voices or get annoyed and we eliminate all
tension from the situation.
The key is that the child's options are reduced to a minimum and they
know exactly what is expected of them and exactly what they have to do
in order to succeed. Isn't that better than repeating a vague command
over and over again, becoming more exasperated and frustrated each time
we are ignored?
Here's another example to show how vague instructions are such a
waste of time...
On the way back from the yard at break one day, Mark was deliberately
lagging behind, bouncing the football.
"Come on Mark, quick... Hurry up Mark, lessons have started...
Mark! Break's over Mark!... Come on... Quickly Mark!... Mark!... Stop
that and hurry up!"
After a few minutes of totally ignoring the first yells from the
teacher Mark eventually complied perfectly with the final request -
"Stop that and hurry up" - by standing still and bouncing the
ball as fast as he could, with a sly grin!
Mark then proceeded to enjoy the undivided attention of two members
of staff as they altered their approach from friendly cajoling and
encouragement to aggressive shouting and frustrated threats. The
incident tied up all three of them for the whole morning as Mark became
more and more abusive and aggressive - incensed at the unfair punishment
he believed he was receiving.
Had the teacher altered her instruction slightly at the beginning,
the situation could have been very different. By giving one clear,
specific direction and an explanation of the consequence for not
complying, she could have remained in total control, Mark could have
returned to lessons and the other member of staff would have been free
to teach his lesson.
"Mark break is over. You need to bring the ball here now
otherwise you will be paying time back next break."
You'll see how this incident could have been resolved calmly and
efficiently - even if Mark had still refused to follow the instructions
when you read The Three Requests Technique in my new ebook - "Magic
Classroom Management - How To Get The Most From The Worst Kids In
To discover more effective classroom management tools as well as a
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Rob Johnson is the author of Magic Classroom
Management - How to get the most from the worst kids
He is Deputy Head Teacher at a special school in
the UK and has been working with challenging young
people for 15 years. Copyright 2007 Rob Johnson www.classroom-management.org
Teaching Physical Education
Physical education (often abbreviated Phys. Ed. or P.E.) or
gymnastics (gym or gym class) is a course taken during primary and
secondary education that encourages psychomotor learning in a play or
movement exploration setting.
Physical education trends have developed recently to incorporate a
greater variety of activities. Introducing students to activities like
bowling, walking/hiking, or Frisbee at an early age can help students
develop good activity habits that will carry over into adulthood. Some
teachers have even begun to incorporate stress-reduction techniques such
as yoga and deep-breathing. Teaching non-traditional sports to students
may also provide the necessary motivation for students to increase their
activity, and can help students learn about different cultures. For
example, while teaching a unit about lacrosse (in, say, Arizona, USA),
students can also learn a little bit about the Native American cultures
of the Northeast and Eastern Canada, where lacrosse originated. Teaching
non-traditional (or non-native) sports provides a great opportunity to
integrate academic concepts from other subjects as well (social studies
from the example above), which may now be required of many P.E.
teachers.There are four aspects of P.E. which is physical, mental,
social, and emotional.
Another trend is the incorporation of Health and Nutrition to the
physical education curriculum. The Child Nutrition and WIC
Re-authorization Act of 2004 required that all school districts with a
federally funded school meal program develop wellness policies that
address nutrition and physical activity. While teaching students sports
and movement skills, P.E. teachers are now incorporating short health
and nutrition lessons into the curriculum. This is more prevalent at the
elementary school level, where students do not have a specific Health
class. Recently most elementary schools have specific health classes for
students as well as physical education class. With the recent outbreaks
of diseases such as swine flu, school districts are making it mandatory
for students to learn about practicing good hygiene along with other
health topics. Today many states require Physical Education teachers to
be certified to teach Health courses. Many colleges and Universities
offer both Physical Education and Health as one certification. This push
towards Health education is beginning in the intermediate level,
including lessons on bullying, self esteem and stress and anger
In America, the physical education curriculum is designed to allow
school pupils a full range of modern opportunities, dozens of sports and
hundreds of carefully reviewed drills and exercises, including exposure
to the education with the use of pedometer, GPS, and heart rate
monitors, as well as state-of-the-art exercise machines in the upper
grades. Some martial arts classes, like wrestling in the United States,
and Pencak Silat in France, Indonesia and Malaysia, are taught to teach
children self-defense and to feel good about themselves. The physical
education curriculum is designed to allow students to experience at
least a minimum exposure to the following categories of activities:
aquatics, conditioning activities, gymnastics, individual/dual sports,
team sports, rhythms, and dance. Students are encouraged to continue to
explore those activities in which they have a primary interest by
effectively managing their community resources.
In these areas, a planned sequence of learning experiences is
designed to support a progression of student development. This allows
kids through 6th grade to be introduced to sports, fitness, and teamwork
in order to be better prepared for the middle and high school age. In
1975, the United States House of Representatives voted to require school
physical education classes include both genders. Some high school and
some middle school PE classes are single-sex. Requiring individuals to
participate in physical education activities, such as dodge ball, flag
football, and other competitive sports remains a controversial subject
because of the social impact these have on young children. It is,
however, important to note that many school budgets have seen cutbacks
and in some cases physical education programs have been cut - leaving
educators and students to address these needs in other ways...
Technology Use in Physical Education
New Technology in Physical education is playing a big role in
classes. One of the most affordable and effective would be a simple tape
recorder. With the use of a tape recorder you students can see the
mistakes their making in things such as a throwing motion or swinging
form. Studies show that students do find this more effective than having
someone just telling them what they are doing wrong and trying to
correct it. Educators also found the use of other technologies such as
pedometers and heart beat monitors very successful, using them to make
step and heart rate goals for students.
Other technologies that can be used in a Physical Education setting
would include projectors, GPS and even Wii systems just as Wii Fit and
Dance Dance Revolution. Projectors can be used to show students things
such as proper form or how to play certain games. GPS systems can be
sued to get student active in an outdoor setting and Wii systems like
Wii Fit can be used by teachers to show students a good way to stay fit
in and out of the classroom setting
Novels by Frank Holes, Jr.
The legends of the Michigan Dogman come alive in six haunting
tales by folklore author, Frank Holes, Jr.
Based upon both mythology and alleged real stories of the
beast, this collection is sure to fire the imagination!
Spanning the decades and the geography of the
, Frank weaves:
A mysterious police report of an unsolvable death in
terrifying encounter in the U.P.ís remote
begun as one manís therapy, becomes a chronicle of sightings
governmental agent investigates the grisly aftermath of Sigma
family meets more than they expected on the trail north
campfire tale of ancient betrayal handed down through the Omeena
to Dogman Country!
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Nagual: Dawn of the
The Longquist Adventures, written for
elementary students, is excellent for teaching mythology and
classic stories to young children.
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Using Random Student Cards in
Much has been said and written lately about
providing students with choices. I'm all about any methods which
will improve student involvement in class, giving them ownership
in their learning. There are many ways to give students choices,
options, or just to provide random results and change up the
monotony. This article will discuss how to use random results in
typical class situations.
Ever wonder if you choose certain students more (or less) often in
class than others? Or would you like to be able to completely call on
students at random?
A great technique is to make and use an index card deck with your
students' names on the cards. On the first day of any of my classes, I
pass out blank lined index cards (we use the 3 x 5 size) to all the
students. I then have them fill these out with information we can use
later on in class. Then I collect them and keep them separated by class
with a rubber band. Then I can quickly access the names of all of my
students. This helps for learning their names quickly too.
The random calling technique will increase your students' attention,
since any one of them could be chosen at any time without you playing
favorites or ignoring anyone. Always try to choose several students each
time you use the cards, and everyone will quickly understand that they
may be the next person called. No student wants to be embarrassed, so
they will all formulate some type of response to give in case their card
is drawn next. What information needs to be on the cards? That depends
on what you want to know about your students. I ask for at least their
names, parent's names, and phone contact numbers.
In one upper corner, write in the student's hour (I also like to circle
the number) so you can sort them out easily later. Other useful
information could include text book or calculator numbers, birth dates,
and even students' interests or hobbies. How often do I use the cards?
Several times each hour! We use the cards in warm ups so everyone has a
random chance of being picked. The cards are used for choosing random
teams or groups. They are great for class discussions, since students
cannot just be quiet and disappear; every discussion question can be
answered by several students in succession, who must either build on
previous information given or generate a new line of thinking. I also
use them to ask questions before students are dismissed. If the question
is answered correctly, I let that student leave early.
The cards can be shuffled each time you use them, or you can leave the
order and pick up there again later, ensuring you've called on every
student before repeating.
Now, can you stack the deck? Of course! Because you hold the cards, only
you know if you've chosen truly at random. This is useful when you just
know a student isn't paying attention, or if you want to check
understanding by a specific student.
Should you worry about students who still seem to never be called upon?
That does happen, but it will even out as the year goes by. I've had the
opposite happen too, where a student was actually chosen three times in
a row, even though I shuffled the deck each time!
Student hobbies or activities can be great for making connections to
class material. As a warm up or sponge activity, for example, use your
cards to randomly call on students to state how what they learned in
class could be applied to or connected to their hobby. The cards are
great for choosing students to read aloud in class. And as the teacher,
you can still stack the deck to match up appropriate students with a
paragraph's difficulty level. I also try to assess student's reading
ability by choosing particular passages I want them to read aloud. Then
I make sure the student's card is chosen.
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"The Old Fisherman"
what's on the inside that counts...
was directly across the street from the clinic entrance to the
Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the
upstairs rooms to out patients at the clinic. One summer evening
as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it
to see a truly awful looking man.
"Why, he's hardly taller than my eight-year-old," I
thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the
appalling thing was his face--lopsided from swelling, red and raw.
Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've
come to see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a
treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus
He told me
he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success, no
one seemed to have a room. "I guess it's my face...I know it
looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more
For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: "I
could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves
early in the morning." I told him we would find him a bed,
but to rest on the porch.
I went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready, I
asked the old man if he would join us "No thank you. I have
plenty." And he held up a brown paper bag. When I had
finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a
take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart
crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to
support his daughter, her five children, and her husband, who was
hopelessly crippled from a back injury.
He didn't tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other
sentence was prefaced with a thanks to God for a blessing. He was
grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was
apparently a form of skin cancer. He thanked God for giving him
the strength to keep going.
we put a camp cot in the children's room for him. When
I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded and the
little man was out on the porch. He refused breakfast, but just
before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor,
he said, "Could I please come back and stay the next time I
have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a
He paused a
moment and then added, "Your children made me feel at home.
Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to
mind." I told him he was welcome to come again.
On his next trip he arrived a little after seven in the morning.
As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest
oysters I had ever seen. He said he had shucked them that morning
before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh. I knew his bus
left at 4:00 a.m. and I wondered what time he had to get up in
order to do this for us.
In the years
he came to stay overnight with us there was never a time that he
did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden.
Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special
delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach
or kale, every leaf carefully washed.
Knowing that he must walk three miles to mail these, and knowing
how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious. When I
received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment
our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning.
"Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I
turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such
Maybe we did
lose roomers once or twice. But oh! If only they could have known
him, perhaps their illnesses would have been easier to bear. I
know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from
him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and
the good with gratitude to God.
"I ran short of
pots," she explained, "and knowing how beautiful this
one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old
pail. It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the
Recently I was visiting a friend who has a greenhouse. As she
showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a
golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great
surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. I thought
to myself, "If this were my plant, I'd put it in the
loveliest container I had!" My friend changed my mind.
She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was
imagining just such a scene in heaven. "Here's an especially
beautiful one," God might have said when he came to the soul
of the sweet old fisherman. "He won't mind starting in
this small body."
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