It was the anniversary of my first wife's passing and I came across a dead fox in the garden yesterday. Not just any fox but our resident fox who we had watched grow from a cub just one year ago into the beautiful adolescent he now was. At first I thought he was asleep lying next to a clump of forgetmenots. There were no marks on him so we will never know how he died. Perhaps because of the anniversary it made me feel very sad. I buried him by the wind chimes under the sycamore tree.
Today at breakfast I noticed that our two Canada geese were on the lawn...This was the first time they were together for several weeks and I said..ohh the eggs must have hatched. Sure enough there were four bundles of fluff... running around next to them.. Life and death are all around us..
March 24 2013
This week saw the spring equinox although it still feels like the middle of winter especially with the icy blasts and snow on the ground. The equinox also means its the Iranian New Year or 'Nowruz' - its 1393 this year. Tradition says it dates back 15,000 years to before that last ice age when we transitioned from hunter gatherers to farmers. Nowruz begins with spring cleaning and the laying of the Hafseen - ancient symbolic representations. Here is our table..
Haft-Seen (Persian: هفتسین) or the seven 'S's is a traditional table setting of Nowruz, the traditional Iranian spring celebration. The haft seen table includes seven items all starting with the letter seen (س) in thePersian alphabet. Haft-Seen was originally called Haftchin (Haftĉin) derived from the words Chin (چین), meaning "gather; pile up" and Haft (هفت), the number 7. The Haft Chin table includes the following items which symbolize Zoroastrian yazatas or divinities such as ātar and asmān.
1. Mirror - symbolizing Sky
2. Apple - symbolizing Earth
3. Candles - symbolizing Fire
4. Golab - rose water symbolizing Water
5. Sabzeh - wheat, or barley sprouts symbolizing Plants
6. Goldfish - symbolizing Animals
7. Painted Eggs - symbolizing Humans and Fertility
This week has been busy getting ready for China.. I had to make four trips to London to get our visas which I did not enjoy one bit. So much effort, resource and cost just to visit another country. I also put a lot of effort into getting my talks ready. They are much longer than I normally give so I had to create a lot more content than I usually include. But the time I have means I can I include a couple of videos and discussion points and I hope to be able to gain feedback from students on my ideas. I demonstrated to myself once again that preparing to give a talk is an important learning process. This time I have ended up with a much better appreciation of the theorists that lifewide learning can draw upon. Preparing for a talk and creating the resources to communicate sense making is a great way of learning. I updated my Beijing visit web page with the materials I developed.
To develop my understandings of how I learn and develop through all parts of my life by recording and reflecting on my own life as it happens.
I have a rough plan but most of what I do emerges from the circumstances of my life