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In the Spirit of Miss Carlotta Walls' book, A Mighty Long Way, come laugh, cry, or take a breather, good or bad, enter your public or private school experiences here!


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Initial post: Aug 4, 2009 1:52:33 PM PDT
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Rob Stoneman says:
A Mighty Long Way Carlotta Walls LaNier

My favorite book, right now.

I had been guilty of delving too deep into history.

Carlotta Walls LaNier book updates things for me.

I was a janitor for a premier retail book store.

The majority of book sellers are College graduates who have aspirations of getting paid to write.

Publishers make monthly morning visits before the store opens to talk and instill confidence.

As an old broom pusher, I have a bad habit of wanting to talk about what I've been reading, traditionally, historical essays.

Finally, an older clerk, stops and says to me, "I don't understand your preoccupation with dead High Kings"...

I didn't know what to say.

There was the tendacy to think, at least I don't treat local rep's from publishing groups like celebrities.

A couple months later, the gentleman said, he had come out of retirement to work, and decided work wasn't for him.

He explained, he recently sold a couple of first editions signed by James Joyce he had collected and been holding on since college.

He had been putting it off, but decided he'd be able to retire by investing the money he earned from the proceeds.

I left and got a job as the lead floor crew attendant for my neighborhood school district.

You can imagine how it must've felt for a old history nerd to see so much information on the walls surrounding American history.

It was a wake up call.

Like I said, I had been delving too deep into my past, I abandon my studies on ancient Greek, Roman and Celtic mythology and began focusing on my countries rich history.

Living in Western Washington, traditionally, there's been no economy to keep a elite group rich and a struggling working class poor.

Not much history before 1873, one of the Nation's most remote outpost.

Life up here is what you make it, a good place for self starters.

I have noticed one dynamic.

In the past, Seattle was a launching pad for gold prospectors to head up to Alaska.

There were always stories about striking it rich and how better it was going to be someplace else.

That's a lot to compete with.

I do believe it has instilled a temperant amongst the locals to make out we have so much more than everybody else.

Why, it was only the other year, The Seattle Symphony got their own hall!

Working a number of years in my old public school, I have seen the inner workings of the community.

I've gone to days, I clean lunch tables and lunch rooms where your kids eat, while their parents are occupied at work.

Kids are funny, they like to sit in the same place, and eat the same thing everyday.

It's how they maintain order, in their remote corner of the world.

I have found, school should feel like the most safest place to be away from home.

Entering a High School campus I have noticed one down point.

Walking by young adults, I notice they haven't been welcome into the adult community yet- like they ought to.

A tendacy to walk by without saying, hi.

No longer a little child, and not an adult yet.

Invisible to all the world.

Addolescents aren't unfinished people, they're doing the best possible at their stage of development.

Their thoughts and feelings are relevent, something to take more seriously.

I have changed out all the locker combo's of my middle school.

I tend to look at the whole affair like people.

Some do exactly what you tell them to do, others will follow suit, but need some coaxing, a few need extra attention.

But they all do what they are made to do, and working with all of them, takes the community to the next level.

Growing up I have found my experiences with the public school system to all be good.

Recently, it's been voted King County to attach a likeness of Martin Luther King Jr. to all the insignias.

I'm in the heart of my meditation.

Come and visit us sometime.

The rain has a way of making people withdrawn, the tendacy to leave you to your own devices.

Books are very popular.

I have cleaned the front doors of a bookstore at opening time.

Don't get caught between a couple who are in between books, you run the risk of getting trampled.

Every little child has a odd way of filtering of information.

Growing up in the sixties there are two things I latched onto about the Little Rock Nine.

They're random things that I simply plucked out of the blue, but they remained with me.

I'll never forget the passage in President Eisenhower's speech that said, it is a sad day when legal jurisdiction can't be followed to the letter and military reinforcements are needed to uphold the law.

I think that's why I'll always rembember that particular president in a miltary outfit.

For some odd reason, I remember the year Troops were sent into Little Rock, the graduation ceremony was held in a stadium.

As a little child, I must've found that funny because our high schools hold the graduation ceremony in their gym.

Maybe it's not so random stuff.

Lamp of Liberty, bursting at the seams.

I must admit, I have to thank a vibrant education system and a liberal media to have incorporated those images into my sensory.

I guess it's been my path in life to learn the great advances made in the middle to late twentieth century to help secure our Nation's civil rights is our country's holy grail.

I welcome everybody to submit their input, memories or sensory regarding our country's education system.

Young developing students will especially be embraced by everybody in Ms. Carlotta's forum.

I, especially love the passage in Miss Carlotta's book where President Clinton is describing in a speech how he escorted an important leader, Ms. Bates, by hand, in a wheelchair, to a Civil Rights museum exhibit.

It involved a lot of logistics to get Ms. Bates there.

By the sound of things, the exhibit may have been located in a basement.

When she was wheeled up to section devoted to Little Rock, there was something unusual waiting for her.

A life size statue of herself next to Faubus, her most staunch opponant.

Years of repressed fear she may not survive the ordeal of of challenging staunch oppression was replaced by an overwhelming sense to laugh seeing the two likenesses staged side by side.

After many years of suffering it must've retained a carnival like atmosphere.

In my mind, all I could visualise was a statue of a Circus Ringmaster tipping his top hat next to the statue of a sweet old lady.

Have great summer, everybody, and a great school year.

Let me know if I can get my copy of A Mighty Long Way signed by the author.

As a district Head Custodian, Miss Carlotta can sign my book, "To Rob, See you at school".
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