45 Days to the Winter Solstice

Hello,

These Monday morning missives seem to have become a ritual, and I appreciate the feedback that many of you have provided.  Since some of you have asked, I should admit that none of this was planned--neither the content nor the frequency.  Now that it has begun, I do intend to share thoughts most Mondays.  Let me be very clear, however:  These emails are informal, unofficial, and in no way to be construed as required reading.  In short, you should feel free to skip these emails.
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Okay.  For those who remain:
This morning, I hope you'll permit me a moment of abstraction, indulge in a step away from the concrete immediacy of this moment.  What I'm sharing today are three quotations from three of my heroes.  While you likely know the authors, you may not have seen these particular quotations.  I hope you see how these relate to the joy that I find in working at Saddleback College.

            What students tell me about their learning here:
Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferals of information.
            Paulo Freire

            What humbles me as a member of the Saddleback College community:  
Community doesn't just create abundance - community is abundance. If we could learn that equation from the world of nature, the human world might be transformed.
            Parker Palmer

            What I strive for, as you share with me history and context:
Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
            Harper Lee