The basket you see in this picture haunts me. It challenges me. It ought to contract, it usually expands. And yet it lives in my sacred space.
|The basket as of January 2022|
When asked to describe a sacred space, I named the desk in my room. It sits in the bay window of my San Francisco flat and overlooks Fillmore and Washington Streets, the heart of the Pacific Heights neighborhood. From time to magical time, I really do feel like a writer as I peck away on this keyboard from this little perch. I'm not proud of it, but Carrie Bradshaw comes to mind. I savor those moments...until I see that basket.
This Pottery Barn Seagrass basket houses all the articles and magazines I have yet to read or transcribe. I am pretty good about pitching what I know I will never read. That healthy habit is why this basket is a problem. It is full of what I need to file or frame for a future lesson, blog post or article.
When it became semi-clear during COVID that no one was returning to the office anytime soon, I set a goal—an aspiration—of getting through this basket. For those of you familiar with in-box zero, this was the real world, incarnational variation. Over time, I made significant progress but this literary weed didn't quit. Thus, when the Christmas break and the new year afforded me the opportunity to return to this aspiration, I reached for a magazine very familiar to me: Notre Dame Magazine.
|This is the basket at the onset of COVID. I should have noted the progress I made...|
Thus, this post serves three purposes:
- Consider this question: How do you decide what you read? The answer to the question ought to help you read more. And, I hope it helps you discover something about yourself!
- It lays the foundation for my next post.
- Being that one of my aspirations for 2022 is to move toward Pottery Barn Seagrass Basket zero, I am about to unload 10 articles from it now. Here are links and insights for each.
|I unloaded these articles from the basket, thanks to this post. |
It also helped me lesson plan for this week!
- 1. Nourishing Body and Soul by Daniel Jewett (3-minute read!)
Insult has been added to the injury. Wasting food is completely unnecessary.
- 2. Alumna Feature CHRISTINA CHENAULT '15 from the Carondeletter
- 3. Faith Fondue Show Notes
- 3. Intangible Qualities Tom Rees Looks for in a Quarterback by Tim Priester
- 4. Coaching and Teaching Generation Z: Honor the Relationships by Brian Polian
Working for Brian Kelly is very rewarding for me personally. He has taught me a great deal. "BK" is a wonderful communicator, a natural leader, trusts his people to do their jobs, and treats the staff and their families with respect. He has also help me to re-emphasize the importance of building relationships as a coach.When we returned to Notre Dame in 2017, the Irish were coming off an uncharacteristic for an eight season in 2016 and Coach Kelly was evaluating every facet of the program. Watching some of this take place in person was an incredible learning opportunity. He met with just about every player in the program and sought feedback on their experience. He had uncomfortable conversations with leadership and wanted to know what he could do better. Then he set in motion a plan to reset and refocus the culture of the program.
I wish the two of them good luck at LSU.
- 5. KEN VENTURI 1931--2013 The Stylish and Stalwart 1964 Open Champ turned TV voice was an icon of golf's greatest generation, by Michael Bamberger
"In his San Francisco boyhood Venturi had a serious stammering problem and was drawn to golf because he could play it alone. He logged hundreds of rounds at Harding Park, a city course where his parents worked in the pro shop. He overcame his stammer with intense devotion to breathing exercises and other therapies. He loved the movie The King's Speech."
I had a beloved student who struggled tremendously with his stammer. He found music to be his outlet. Perhaps golf could have been another.
- 6. Shining Star: Pioneer astronaut Sally Ride still inspires women to aim high by Kathy Zonana
Stanford is among the top ranked tennis teams in the country, then and now. What an outlet!
The recipe I will be using is from the Woman's Day: Back to Everything 2021 issue. No sports connection here. Am willing to make a case for a spiritual one, though! Let's discuss....
- 8. Do Sports Build Character? by Mark Edmundson
- 9. Morality Players by Steve Rushin
- 10. How to Be a Better Golfer: Without Lowering Your Handicap by Sol Cotti
I'm beginning to think that to succeed with my aspiration of Seagrass Basket Zero, I may need to post a listing of articles from time to time. Let's see where 2022 takes us!