Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Honorably Mentioned and Other News [UPDATED]

The 2010 Blogisattva Awards are underway and this morning it was brought to our attention that Notes From A Burning House has earned an honorable mention for opinion writing. We humbly bow and thank whoever nominated us.

This blog began as a creative distraction in a time of heartbreak, became a sort of public journal that was sometimes a put-on, sometimes reflections on Zen practice and travels around the country, and lately it has been a sort of ongoing open letter about dharma practice and the state of the empire in which I live. In other words, a bloody mishmosh with no clear audience, the equivalent of scribbling in a sketch pad.

Yet there are a few people reading and appreciating, so thank you. Guess we'll keep it going one more week.

Some blogs we follow have also been honored, namely Dangerous Harvests (in more than one category), Ox Herding, and Fly Like A Crow.

In Zen Group news, our Deming group now has a guiding Zen teacher in Judy Roitman, JDPSN, of Kansas Zen Center. This makes us a satellite of KZC. Judy's next visit to New Mexico will be the first weekend in May, when we plan to host a public dharma talk and a retreat. We'll include notices about these events here as well as the Zen Group's website.

There is an interesting interview with Judy and her husband here, by the way. Worth reading.


UPDATE: Forgot to mention this above, I wrote a small essay that appears in the current issue of Buddhadharma magazine. You should be able to find it at most book stores that carry Tricycle and other Buddhist and yoga magazines.


Barry said...

Congratulations on having Judy join you as guiding teacher! She'll be a great resource.

Bradley said...

The view of DiMaggio's book in the comment section at amah-zhon [;-)] by Sara Rainsberger says it all quite succinctly; hers is a solid review.

I heard a lot about the rounds for "Race to the Top" qualification funds. Having had neighborhood exposure to one of the most challenged school disticts in my first round funding winner Hawaii, I can say, teachers have no time to teach, they have so many strings on them.

As such, your own ability to qualify is likewise now amidst the nightmare bureaucratic crush. Academia/Gov't scam or idiocy? Somewhat. Here's another reason why the US is losing talent: I'm sure your existing credentials would be welcomed in other nations.

Kelly said...

Contratulations on your recognition!

Hal Johnson said...

Well deserved, methinks.

Algernon said...

Bradley, to begin with there are other nations that do not despise teachers. I see what my homeroom teachers are asked to deal with on a day to day basis, with diminishing resources, and then I see them blamed for a wide array of social problems.

In a previous decade, I made one semi-serious and one lazy bid to market myself abroad and work in educational theatre. My qualifications were a problem so much as opportunities in my field.

Petteri Sulonen said...

Consider Finland. We treat our teachers pretty good here, I think.