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My children, scattered around the world. My father understands.

I never bore biological children, but there’s never been a time in my life when I didn’t have a close relationship with a child or young adult. No kids of my own, then, but godchildren, nieces and nephews, neighbors, friend’s children, and upstairs neighbors. It’s a path not taken that’s no doubt for the best, […]

“Teaching the Poor,” by Doug Johnson

Dedicated educator Doug Johnson inspires us with these thoughts. –JGR __________________________ The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference, and the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.— Elie Wiesel Teaching the poor, like any other human […]

Remembering Mother on Her Birthday

Today, had my mother lived past May 2006, she would have been 94 years old, the same age as my father is now. She taught both inside and outside the classroom. This December 2007 post from the Riehlife archives shares her teaching philosophy.

Teaching Philosophy She Lived—by my mother, Ruth Evelyn Johnston Thompson with commentary by my father Erwin A. Thompson

My father, Erwin A. Thompson, in his paper sorting, found this gem among my mother’s papers. He says, “It could come out of any textbook, and still has some personal touches not found in them.” He goes on to make these comments: “These were not idle words. I listened to her stories of the children […]