Entry #9 – December 1, 2010
The Image: A storefront in New York City.
It's time for a less serious blog! On Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at the end of three days in New York City, I went for a walk before my departure to the airport. As I returned from Times Square along 42d Street, I had to stop, laugh, and cross the street to take pictures. A security guard confirmed my observation: the signs and open doors had not been there the previous day. Just in time for Christmas and other holidays, Charmin offered a place every tourist and shopper seeks: a place to use the restroom. It seems fitting that folks in NYC would make the bathroom into a Broadway production.
copyright© 2010 by Paulette L. Stenzel for the photo and text.
Hospitality and an Open Door
I have noticed that various themes follow me, and a current one is the need for open doors. Open doors represent hospitality, which is crucial in the classroom. When a teacher offers hospitality to students, he or she invites them into a learning community.
Entry #7 – November 20, 2010
The Concept: Learning Community
The learning community is central to my teaching. I do my best to encourage students to work together, prepare thoroughly for class, and recognize that each of us has something to contribute and much to learn from each person in the community. For me, it is about gathering around a subject, concepts, and issues to explore them together in ways that go beyond what an individual can accomplish. My students and I have been particularly successful in creating a learning community our Environmental Law and Sustainability for Business class.
November 8, 2010
The Question: ¿Hay Comunidades en Los Estados Unidos?
Reflection: Luís Ortega, the young Mexican taxi driver, asked me this question as we descended from the mountains of Chiapas after visiting the community of Acteal, the Maya Vinic coffee cooperative, and driving through many comunidades that day. Literally, he asked: “Are there communities in the United States?
October 26, 2010 - Entry #5
"If you build it, they will come."
Last month, a friend and I spoke of how our community needed a place where friends can meet for a cup of coffee or tea and socialize among kindred spirits. The place should promote sustainability by serving Fair Trade, organic, and local foods, in addition to selling or lending books.
October 8, 2010 Entry #4
A friend recently said to me, “You are a courageous woman to go to Mexico as you do.”
October 5, 2010 Entry #3
Chakra and chacra
I was recently reminded of another chacra: a garden. The fact that chakras and chacras sound identical is intriguing. Both are about a healthy lifestyle through balance and integration. The photo shows my friend Oscar Santillán in his family’s chacra at Pakarinka Sisari in Agato, Ecuador.
Mariposa means “butterfly” in Spanish and is occasionally used as a girl’s name. It comes from “María Pósate,” meaning “Mary alight!”. I imagine Mary (whether Mary Mother of Jesus or the Virgin of Guadalupe of Mexico) who alights on a flower.
October 1, 2010 Entry #1
“A tiny spider rains sunlight upon me through its web.”
I saw this spider web at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York this summer (August 2010). The spider is so tiny that it does not show up in the picture. The web is a metaphor for my teaching, my research, my life, and the pursuit of sustainability. I like the idea that spider webs are associated with writers. During the first week of my classes, my students and I discuss the spider web and how it serves as a metaphor for the subject matter of our class and learning in general.
Copyright©2010, by Paulette L. Stenzel for text and photo.
Paulette L. Stenzel
I am Professor Emeritus of International Business Law and Sustainability at Michigan State University (MSU). I am also a mom, learner, writer, violinist, environmentalist -in -process, traveler, and avid reader. I continue to teach part time at MSU and coordinate the Broad College Ethical Leadership program Additionally, I advise Spartan Global Development Fund - a microfinance organization.