I hope that in addition to time with family and friends, the holidays created opportunities to slow down and reflect. Without such space, we run run run; sometimes forgetting what towards. Visiting relatives in Tucson over break provided me with a few introspective STEM moments. Playing a hybridized version of badminton-lacrosse-soccer, I relearned Newton’s Second and Third laws: force equals mass times acceleration, and that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The ultimate conclusion, my broken foot, slowed things considerably. My second STEM dive was through the door of Yaqui shaman’s sweat lodge. The connection between mass, energy, and light (everything else), e=mc2, manifests during a sweat lodge ceremony. Participants purify purpose and interconnectedness in the rising heat. It was not a large leap (even in a walking boot) to link the sweat lodge and our school journey. As we grow Louisa Boren K-8, each step carries direction, learning, and connections. There is are few exact answers–our Emerging Vision points towards a path we travel together rather than a destination. Rainer Marie Rilke wrote in “The Walk:”
My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
It has its inner light, even from a distance—
And changes us, even if we do not reach it,
Into something else, which, hardly sensing it, we already are;
A gesture waves us on, answering our own wave…
But what we feel is the wind in our faces.
We are entering the second of three consecutive spring scrambles to grow our school. In addition to creating 7th grade (translation–opening a gate to another universe), we will plan and enact our long-term inhabitation of the Boren building. Arbor Heights’ departure will result in a landslide of moves and changes that will be felt through next fall. Juggling the various balls will open doors for involvement, questions, trust, input, support, and fun. I will do my best to facilitate open communication and participation; I’m asking for forgiveness in advance regarding the many times I know workload will interfere with my responsiveness.