Corazón Atento

I Peter 3:15 Msg
(NVI – también)
Msg:  Through thick and thin, 15 keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, 16 and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick.
NVI:  15 Más bien, honren en su corazón a Cristo como Señor. Estén siempre preparados para responder a todo el que les pida razón de la esperanza que hay en ustedes. 16 Pero háganlo con gentileza y respeto, manteniendo la conciencia limpia, para que los que hablan mal de la buena conducta de ustedes en Cristo, se avergüencen de sus calumnias. 

“Los Politicos”

Corazón Atento 

All is tranquil and calm, expectant, but content. “Los politicos” are taking their ease at stations around the buttercream courtyard. A few are huddled together, curled in the shade of the king tree on cement pavers dislodged by roots harnessing the power of earthquakes. Others lazily clamber over the picnic table checking the remains of the food bowls while still others tumble together cuffing and nipping each other in play and practice.

“Ven politicos!” a voice rings out, strong and sure, gentle, but in charge. As with one mind, a river of cats arcs to follow, all other actions instantaneously left behind. The artist chuckles as he strides across the courtyard, “I call them politicos because they’re like a congress with marginally greater sense.”  He hasn’t brought food at this moment, but the stream converges nonetheless until he waves them back to their positions.

A cavernous room of stone, cool even in the early afternoon heat whose unframed openings set high in the walls permit the playful caribbean breezes to criss-cross through – teasing the occupants gently and preventing the air from growing stale, appears much better suited to its role as overseer of creation instead of guardian of punishment. Inside, the living detritus of sculpture, canvas, forms, and tools rests with haphazard intentionality against nearly every junction of floor and wall.  Two oblong work tables serve as twin foci for the room. creamsicle kitten 2One is tucked back into shadow at the moment. On the other, a creamsicle striped junior cat stands and arches her back as the artist approaches to give her a few pats while chatting with his apprentice. Even though the artist’s attention is clearly divided between the kitten and the other occupants of the space, the kitten is 100% focused, trying to twine ever closer to the gentle hands of rescue and preservation.

A small book and wooden rule clatter to the floor, interrupting the artist’s words. “Princesa,” directed at the cat, “I understand it was a mistake, but no más.” He admonishes as he retrieves the casualties of teenage feline adoration and then follows up the scold with a gentle pat or two knowing full well it won’t be the last moment requiring absolution.

The devotion of “los politicos” strikes me. Is that what it means to have an attentive heart? To remain occupied, but always alert; waiting, expecting, relying on the call of the master, the caretaker, the adored one?  Is that what it means to honor?  To love?

~Selah~Creamsicle kitten


Ensenar y aprender al mismo tiempo? Estas loca!!

Un perrito bien cansado…asi como yo

La semana pasada fue midterms por mi trabajo. Por eso, pase muchas horas durante del fin de semana corregiendo papeles, examenes, proyectos, videos, blogs, etc. Fue bien dificil, y hoy trate de hacer mi tarea de espanol. Es dificil dar cien porcentage cuando ya he dado 110 porcentage a mi trabajo! No se como es posible por mis estudiantes quienes trabajan y estudian al mismo tiempo. Es increible!
Pues, ahora tengo que ir, necesito programar mis clases manana, tengo muchisimo sueno tambien. Por eso, me voy. Perdon, escribire mas adelante… Adios…

Spanish Refresher Course – Dia 1 – Este es dificil!

Hola!  Bueno, ahora solamente he completado dia 1 de la “Spanish Refresher course” y ya es un poco dificil!  Cuando estaba hiciendo mi tarea, use una diccionario espanol-ingles.  Trate a usar una diccionario espanol-espanol, pero muchas de las palabras me olvidaron. Ay!

Tambien tuvimos grabar un video por la instructora lo cual incluyo algunos de  los pronombres relativos (que, quien, lo que, las cuales, etc). Asi, como mis estudiantes, escribi mi respuesta en Espanol antes, y despues la lei por el video!! Fue bien mas dificil que recorde.  Al mismo tiempo, la clase me introducio al cantante Manu Chao, quien canta la cancion Clandestino. Esta cancion me gusta y tratare encontrar mas de la musica de Manu Chao en el futuro.

Bueno. Ahorita tengo que ir porque tengo que ensenar clases manana.  Creyo que esta experiencia me causa estaba de acuerdo con mis estudiantes de veras. Aunque es dificil, tambien es divertido. Me gusta aprender Espanol otra vez. Hasta luego!
Aqui es la “link” al video Clandestino.

Learn By Step – Online Spanish Refresher Course

Image In the interest of reminding myself of what learning a language is really like as well as out of curiosity regarding how other teachers teach languages, especially online, I decided to enroll in CU Boulder’s ALTEC Spanish Refresher Course.  Since I am asking my students to blog for one of my classes, I thought perhaps I should try blogging more regularly throughout this experience as well. So, for the next three weeks, I will try  to post at least 1x per week about the learning experience.  Sometimes I will add helpful links and perhaps not much else. Other times (often I hope) I will try to blog in Spanish. So for those of you who may read Spanish, please pardon the mistakes, or even better – correct them in comments so I can learn!  Thanks!

First Link to post:  Spanish-Spanish dictionary

I make my students use English-English so I think it’s only fair that I try Spanish-Spanish. 🙂  Hasta Luego!