Monday, September 2, 2013

Business cards and Education

Ok, the photo is far from new, but here's the face of my new business cards.  What do you think?  Since I won't have access to my belongings for a little longer, and am tired of having cards that have the wrong number on them, I sorted through the few suitable images that I could find on my computer, from stuff I've painted in the past, and decided on this.
Vista prints inserted this text color and I decided to keep it!
Won't tell you how long it took to find an 
image with decent enough resolution to work--
technology and I continue our uncomfortable relationship.
  Here's the back, with faux finished walls in a kitchen and dining area.
There was no room on my old cards to write anything, so I left some space.  
While my focus is primarily on my children's books now, 
 those images won't appear regularly until the books are completed and available.  So far, I've scanned and saved most of the
illustrations I completed in Korea.
Speaking of books, Jordan bought A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille
for my birthday last year, when I was visiting him in Boston.
Read it.  You might feel validated, or want to rethink your approach to education. This isn't about Mr. Jefferson, however.  It's outlines and argues for a teaching philosophy based on how leaders,
like Jefferson, acquired, and
will always acquire, a real education.
Jordan and I had been talking about the book for several weeks.
I wanted it for the reading lists included.
Thomas Jefferson has been an inspiration since childhood, and, as I glanced through the book lists
DeMille included, I wanted to start reading many of them.
However, quite frankly, college nearly burned out my natural love of reading.
I chose to major in English because of a love of classics
I've acquired over a life time, mostly through independent reading.
I wanted more.
My experience with 1960's and 70's schools didn't offer much.
But the rate at which we were required to read in college forced me to skim
and even skip a lot of what really interested me.
Further, pointless testing forced a fruitless focus on facts and names
which evaporated almost immediately after each test concluded.
The closed mindedness of several of my professors almost ruined it all for me.
No thought mattered to some of them unless it was cited from a valid source.
I remain convinced those professors would've failed the very authors
they raved about had those authors been their students, because those
men and women were the independent, untraditional thinkers of their day.
Fortunately, I was also blessed with some truly inspired and inspiring professors,
 who rekindled my desire to read.  But, I still drowned in the sheer volume of reading and testing,
so stopped reading almost entirely for over a year.
The deluge washed away my joy in it.
Now, slowly, I'm finally reading my birthday present from 2012.
DeMille's "Inspire, Not Require" approach, stating that "freedom is the natural teacher of leadership, just as leadership is the perpetuator of freedom," reinforces what I've always believed about learning.   He writes, "All I need is a book and I can learn," and "my thoughts are as valuable as anybody else's." No one forced me to read earlier; but, I could've used a good mentor to help me find more books like those which had already captured and formed my mind.
I did get a great volume of book lists from college.
For most of my life, finding great literature was primarily serendipitous.
I found Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables in a used book store for a dollar,
and bought it because it seemed like it might be worth reading.
Have read it 3 times.
I've saved most of my reading material from college, because I want to read them at a pace which will allow me to absorb them.  I agree with DeMille and sincerely hope my son and soon-to-be-wife,
plan on providing their children with a Thomas Jefferson education. 


  1. I really like the turtle business cards! And that looks like a great book to read, I'll have to look it up. Thanks!