Smorgasbord Blogger Daily 20th February 2021 – #Teaching Pete Springer, #Betrayal Abigail Johnston, #Hitching Andrew Joyce

I hope you will head over to read these posts in full that I have enjoyed over the last few days..thanks Sally

The first post today is from retired teacher Pete Springer and reflects on the last 11 months of school closures, home schooling the role of the teacher is keeping this generation of students on track.

Looking Out For Your Students

Photo Credit to Max Fischer on Pexels

Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr, a French writer, once wrote, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” I was thinking about his words today, wondering how I might be doing if I were still teaching during the pandemic.

This past year has been unlike any other for teachers, students, and parents as schools have stopped and started in various forms. Some places have managed to serve all students at school, others have taught exclusively online, and most have had a combination of distance and on-site learning. It’s challenging enough to meet all your students’ needs, even when things are going perfectly. Throw in a pandemic, and the difficulties become even more problematic.

Obstacles and hurdles are everywhere and read more about the issues facing teachers, students and parents: Looking out for your studens by Pete Springer

The next post will resonate with many I am sure as betrayal comes in many forms and across all areas of our lives. Sometimes it is something you can push to one side but often that betrayal stays with you for a lifetime.  Abigail Johnston of No Half Measures explores this toxic element of relationships and I am sure she would love your views.


Definition of betrayal

1: the act of betraying someone or something or the fact of being betrayed : violation of a person’s trust or confidence, of a moral standard, etc. the betrayal of a friend, a betrayal of trust, a betrayal of one’s principles.

2: revelation of something hidden or secret a betrayal of one’s true feelings

Betrayal is such a tricky thing. The definition is seemingly straightforward; yet the experience of betrayal is often murky and emotional. For me, I often feel betrayed, get angry, and then don’t stop right away to go back to figure out what it was that upset me so much. I’m not good at identifying a betrayal in the moment. Is anyone really that good at it?

No betrayal is easy to handle, despite what some people say, and I can’t tell whether a known or expected betrayal is worse or better than a surprise. Maybe the time to adjust to the idea or expectation of a betrayal makes the experience of it less horrible? I’m not sure if that is true.

Head over to read the post in full and leave your comments for Abigail: No Half Measures – Betrayal

And last but not least today Andrew Joyce with a story of a teenager and an old man of the road and how each brought something special to their relationship as they hopped trains, and traveled the country over a period of months.

He Let Go a Laugh

Those of you who have read my “official” bio know that I left home at an early age seeking adventure. And I had some luck in finding it. I’ve written about those adventures in these very pages. But now, I have a new one for you. I haven’t told it before because I get emotional when I think about it.

It was 1967, and at the tender age of seventeen, I was away from home for the first time. Home was Miami, Florida. During summer vacation between my junior and senior year in high school, I decided I wanted to see the world – or at least that part of the world bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on the North American continent.

So, I stuck out my thumb to see where it would take me. As it turned out, it took me to many magical places and a few really scary places, but ultimately my thumb took me to a land of discovery. I met people from all walks of life. I spent time on Indian reservations, in hippie communes, riding the rails with hobos, in different jails jammed in with good and bad people. I hustled food at back doors of restaurants. I spent time with one or two millionaires; one nice lady living on the Upper East Side of New York City comes to mind.

Head over to discover how these two travelers connected and shared life on the road: He Let Go a Laugh by Andrew Joyce


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full.  Thanks Sally

34 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily 20th February 2021 – #Teaching Pete Springer, #Betrayal Abigail Johnston, #Hitching Andrew Joyce

  1. Peter has well deserved his retirement, but they really lost an great expert in him. Thank you for sharing, will read Pete’s posting, and all the others too. About betrayall i want to need more, and Andrew’s tellings from the past are funny. Michael

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  3. I had enjoyed reading Andrew’s touching piece earlier this week. Thank you for introducing Abigail to me. Her post about betrayal is excellent and a reminder of how careful we need about divulging personal information that someone may use to hurt us.

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  4. Thanks for leading me to these. The outpouring to Pete’s article doesn’t surprise me – he’s still rooting for schools even if he no longer works in education. I hadn’t read anything by Andrew before and was captivated – there’s no other word for it! xx

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