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What is your Six Word Inaugural Address?

President Obama's Inauguration Speech -prblog's photostream

President Obama's Inauguration Speech -prblog's photostream

While reading some educational blogs online today, I came across an article on the Teacher Leaders Network website. The article was entitled, “Six-Word Inaugural Addresses“, and referred to a challenge to create an inaugural address with only six words. The challenge was originally issued by the National Constitution Center.

When SMITH Magazine and the National Constitution Center invited Americans to write six-word inauguration addresses (or, more accurately, “six words to inspire a nation”), we were reminded that in six words a President can say a lot. In his 1961 inaugural address, for example, John F. Kennedy told the world that America would “pay any price, bear any burden” to assure the success of liberty.

The winning phrase in this year’s SMITH-NCC contest was submitted by Donna Formica-Wilsey of Philadelphia, PA, who wrote: “Divided by fear, united in hope.”

To accompany this blog post I was looking for an image on flickr in the creative commons area and came across the wordle I uploaded here using President Obama’s inauguration speech text – I think the image captures the essence and power of words to inspire and motivate.

In the spirit of the recent inauguration of President Obama I pose this same challenge to you: what would your six word inaugural address be?

“Seven Things about Me” Meme

Recently, Skip Z tagged me on his blog and plurk to participate in the “Seven Things about Me” meme sweeping the blogosphere.  According to Wikipedia,

“A meme (pronounced /miːm/) comprises a unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices; such units or elements transmit from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena.”

So, as part of the meme, I am to  list seven things about myself that people may not know , or may need to know, in an effort to  help my PLN get to know me better. My seven things are as follow:

1.  I am a huge tv watcher and absolutely love reality shows! I was recently informed that reality shows are detrimental to actors/actresses’ careers due to not paying dues and being a part of the Screen Actor’s Guild. While I respect that sentiment, I can’t resist and love to watch people on these shows make a fool of themselves!

2.  Just about every evening is spent online playing games and chatting with my friends on Skype. I have friends in Hawaii, Arizona, Georgia,  Washington and around the world that I am very close to.  Many of my f2f friends find this strange although I am not sure why.

3.  I have been an educator for almost 20 years, about 50% of my lifetime, with only three of the past school years as a national board certified teacher. In Dec. 2006, I found out I achieved certification in the area of Career and Technical Education with a specialty in Technology Education. I have never taught a course in CATE and I not only had to learn the national board standards and curriculum but also the CATE curriculum for grades six through twelve. This was a personal professional goal for myself and was very proud of myself when I achieved certification. It was tough but glad I persisted as I really learned a great deal about accomplished teaching, refining my teaching style and reflecting upon my teaching craft.

4.  I had the best mother. She recently passed away unexpectedly in September 2008 and I greatly miss her. Mom was the most giving person I know and I hope I exude that same generosity. Countless times we were told how much Mom had touched their life and given of herself freely without any expectation of return or selfishishness. Every ounce of Mom was given to her kids or grandkids. There is a huge, gaping hole left in our hearts but are comforted knowing that Mom is in a better place free of worry, stress, pain or heartache.

5.  Although not finished, I have a few tech manuals that I have started and am considering publishing.

6.  Secretly voted for David Cook in the last American Idol finals.

7.  Love to take long baths and read mystery novels! I could never be a contender on ‘Big Brother’ or ‘Survivor’ as I wouldn’t have access to my awesome new laptop, our precious dogs and my relaxing bathtub! Oh and add my hubby to that list – can’t leave him out!

In keeping with the meme, I tag the following people: