Copyright © Louis Schmier and Atwood Publishing.
Fri, 10 Feb 1995
I'm sitting here this morning thinking with tears running down my face with an inner warmth that is countering the penetrating chill of the morning. I can hear almost every drop of rain that is hitting the tiles on the roof outside my office window. I am having a hard time writing this. I can hardly move. Almost all my emotional energy has been drained. My fingers hurt as they move over the keyboard. Every thing seems to be moving in slow motion. There is dead silence all around me.
I just finished reading and rereading and rereading and rereading about an experience Sharon Jacobson shared with us on another list. She is not just a professional. She is a compassionate teacher in every sense of the word, a human being, in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Georgia. She called her message, "The Hurdler." It touched me. It hurt me. It gladdened me. It stirred my heart. It reached deep into my soul.
As I told Sharon, her story trumpets the human condition. It makes me feel valuable as a teacher. It pronounces the formula for reaching students:
1. notice the unnoticed
Make it a good day. --Louis-- Louis Schmier (912-333-5947) email@example.com Department of History /~\ /\ /\ Valdosta State University /^\ / \ / /~ \ /~\__/\ Valdosta, Georgia 31698 / \__/ \/ / /\ /~ \ /\/\-/ /^\___\______\_______/__/_______/^\ -_~ / "If you want to climb mountains, \ /^\ _ _ / don't practice on mole hills" -\____