Secondly, I haven't made a blog post in over a year. And hoo boy, what a year it's been. Instead of taking a whole day to try to recap what's happened in my life since January of last year, I think it might be best if I just start fresh and see what happens. Blogging, and journaling in general has always been a hot and cold element of my life. I love writing and reflecting on things, and as an educator I know how important it is -- both for my own understanding and for the sake of sharing ideas with others and inviting conversations. But at the same time, I've always been pretty bad at keeping up with it. But I'm not dead yet, which means that I have another chance to start again. Failure isn't permanent until you give up. So hello world, my blog is back up and running!
Thirdly, Stephen Hawking passed away, and it simply wouldn't be right to not take a moment and mention it. This morning my partner and I watched this clip from Star Trek TNG to spend a few minutes remembering him. I'm sure plenty of other people will eulogize him way better than I could, so I'll simply say this: Thank you, Dr. Hawking.
Fourthly, on top of Pi Day and Hawking passing, the national School Walk Out in protest of gun violence is happening this very moment. I want to keep this post short, but I will say that I'm very proud of the students who are organizing this and everyone who is brave enough to participate. And for everyone telling them to sit down and be quiet... that's not ever the message we should be sending to our youth. America was built upon the ability of our people to peacefully protest when we want change, and I'm glad we can all still exercise that right.