Inspiration from a Coffee Cup in a Hospital Room

Sitting here in Mom's hospital room, chatting away about this week's Flat Classroom Conference in Doha, Qatar… my eyes focused on the steaming Starbucks coffee cup sitting on the cold, speckled cabinet beside my chair.

“The Way I See It #130

It will do us little good to wire the world if we short-circuit our souls.
There is not delete button for racism, poverty or sectarian violence.
No keystroke can ever clear the air, save a river, preserve a forest.
This transformational new technology must be an extension of our hearts as well as of our minds.
The old rules still apply…”

Tom Brokaw, American Journalist”

There it is… the summary of the purpose of this week's conference on the side of a steaming hot cup ‘o joe.

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3 thoughts on “Inspiration from a Coffee Cup in a Hospital Room

  1. I came across this from 100 Best Education Blogs. Then I see that your mom is sick. Just about this time last year, I was in the same position as you, and in fact on MLK day my mom went into the hospital, never to come out. she died Feb. 9 2008. I hope the outcome for your mom is better, and my prayers are with you all.
    Then your post of today… I wish my mom were here to say hello to.
    So nice job.
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    Take care of mom.

  2. This was a great inspirational post. The sentiment expressed in that quote is one of the things that makes me continue to work towards becoming a great teacher, because I feel that changing and inspiring our culture is one of the central purposes of education and teachers. I hope your Mom gets better very soon and that everything else goes very well for you too!

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