I attended the annual Student Awards Luncheon yesterday at Drury’s School of Education and Early Child Development. I had nothing to do with it but as adjunct faculty of that school and poet laureate for Drury I get invited to nice things. I watched as nine young graduating teachers received awards for outstanding work during their student careers. Several of the awards are named for friends of mine — Wanda Gray, Polly Copper, Sharon Price, Dan Beach.
On the way home I made my way through snarled traffic around another campus, Missouri State University, and was reminded that these special ceremonies to celebrate smart and dedicated college graduates are taking place all over America. It’s a good feeling. The media keeps us up to date on trivia, trash, and tragedy. But yesterday I sat in a room watching great representatives of the next generation being recognized for the marks they’ve already made, and I felt better about our world than I have in a while.
My thanks to Dr. Tom Peters, Dean of Library Services, Missouri State University Libraries, in Springfield, Missouri, for coming to our home in September to interview me for the university’s oral history collection called Ozark Voices. The interview is now available to anyone with an interest. Full disclosure: this one lasts 70 minutes so bring your own popcorn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xeTZtApDgg&list=PLyugBRJhQ4EwftBGQOCn2HDmPk2-9cAMd
I haven’t asked for a while but if you haven’t signed the guest book on my website, I hope you’ll consider it. I’ve been blogging so long I almost forget I even have a website — and people who follow the blog may forget about it, too, but it’s a nice one, thanks to Kathy Temean who created it. She’s also the one who said I needed a guest book.
For a while a lot of visitors signed the book but I keep forgetting to ask, remind, or outright beg. Make Kathy happy. Sign the book. Thank you!