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Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 1:04am

I googled the Perils of Pauleen, but I don't understand the connection.

The plant is still there, four floors down. When I'll go out in an hour or two I'll check what they've done to it.

And laughter is absolutely necessary for learning! I have got one class in a bible belt village half an hour from here. Started that class a year ago: and they wouldn't laugh! And had trouble learning!

Now they're getting used to me and gradually allowing some fun. I'll get them there...

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 12:46am

Chris, I love your experience with your students. Clearly they respect and like you a lot. Laughter! Excellent atmosphere for teaching. 

How is your plant in the common area doing? Kind of a "Perils of Pauleen" mystery. 

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 12:38am

Thanks for all your comments! Yesterday I worried too much, but your kindness helped, two neighbours sent love and today I can face anything again.

A nice description of how you speak, Carl, and I'm just the same! The people I teach know me and often find my mistakes, and I'm the first to laugh and say:" Watch out, I'm going to say something really stupid in a minute." 

How that helps? They build up the self-confidence they sorely need: you don't have to be perfect to try another language! Chris stumbles around like a madwoman and she's a teacher! It makes learning a language a good and happy experience for them.

In the community centre I work in they often ask me why my classes so often roar with laughter. I say I don't know why, they're funny people.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 11:43pm

Patricia, Spud, Mindy, and Carl. Each one of you has great writing and thinking ability. Each very different from the other. Each of you writes from your compassion and disgust about the wonderful and stupid things people do. Each of you writes about your feelings in ways with which I resonate. I read your comments, feel your pain, rejoice in your joys, share in your disagreement with foolishness, and you reveal your concerns about all the things that concern me. 

Your treasures of mindfulness come through the computer screen revealing great jewels. Write on, my hearty companions!  

Mindy, thanks for that lovely photo of painted body art and thanks to Patricia for passing it along. I did not receive it. The patterns amaze me; a fine collection. 

Comment by Patricia on November 8, 2013 at 11:10pm

Me too FA, but I do get ''stage fright'' when around people & I mess up the simplest words even around family. The ''I should've saids'' are my middle name & then some. I'll read something & think, aha.....that's what I wish I'd said but just didn't know how!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2013 at 10:52pm

Patricia, I'm so much better at expressing myself in written form than verbally.  In particular, when speaking about passionate issues, complicated subjects, or in the heat of the moment, I often struggle to express myself clearly.  I stumble and hesitate, trying to spit out a previously known perfect word or phrase that has somehow eluded me at the most inopportune time.  I'm one of those people who fifteen minutes later says, "Oh, I should have said......"

What's funny, I don't really have a fear of speaking in front of crowds or even one-on-one.  I just get major "senior moments" trying to cough up a word I know I want to say but can't remember.   I would be a horrible defense attorney or public debater.  

Leisurely writing down my thoughts allows me to organize and to express myself much more clearly and eloquently. 

Comment by booklover on November 8, 2013 at 9:50pm

Thanks Patricia!  I thought this was neat. :)

Comment by Patricia on November 8, 2013 at 7:38pm

Will do....

Comment by booklover on November 8, 2013 at 5:58pm

Patricia, could you make this picture so Joan could see it?  Thanks in advance!

Comment by booklover on November 8, 2013 at 5:58pm

 

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