If it wasn’t for my high school teachers Mrs. Gulde, Mr. Blair and Mrs. Perin, I might think that Chekov was only a starship pilot on “Star Trek,” Seymour Glass was the name of an Indiana glazier, and Romeo and Juliet was only a movie that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Clair Danes.
School’s out (although aren’t we all life-long learners?). I think back to my favorite teachers in high school and I recall the three teachers I perhaps learned the most from, while enjoying their teaching.
Mrs. Karmen Gulde exposed me to world literature, including stories by the Russian author Anton Chekov and the Norwegian author Henrick Ibson. The collection of short stories by the reclusive author J.D. Salinger was taught by Mr. Lester Blair (including “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” featuring Seymour Glass, the oldest brother in Salinger’s Glass family stories). Mrs. Martha Perin brushed up our Shakespeare with perhaps the Bard’s most-read play.
Mrs. Perin attempted to interest her students, as well, by typing out the lyrics to “Jesus Christ Superstar” and the Who’s “Tommy” and displaying the words on an overhead projector while the class discussed them. Mr. Blair taught literature with a sense of humor and tried to instill in his students an intellectual curiosity. Mrs. Gulde perhaps had the toughest subject matter in trying to motivate her students to take an interest in world literature. My friends and I liked to tease Mrs. Gulde and call her by her first name. We even visited her at her home a few times, which she was kind enough to begrudgingly accept.
Other of my classmates may have different favorite teachers (I never had Mr. Hodge for a class, but I’m sure I would have enjoyed his teaching style). While some teachers seemed to just be coasting by and not seeming to care much about their classes, others like Mrs. Gulde, Mr. Blair and Mrs. Perin upheld a high standard in teaching. The world lost Mrs. Perin much too soon. Her son, Keith, followed in her footsteps and currently teaches at Rushville High School, and from what I hear, is as beloved by his students as his mother was.
I once heard a motivational speaker comment that it only takes the influence of one individual to help another succeed in life, and this person is usually from the field of education. One of the most caring and giving professions is that of a teacher. To be a teacher must be one of the most meaningful jobs an individual can have.
The best years of your life
As people age they often look back to fondly recall the best years of their lives. Natural timeframes are the college years or that certain age before the daily grind of work and family take over the bulk of the day. Associations are to being carefree with limited responsibilities, a light and airy existence.
Ziemke: My Summer Homework
Even though session has been out for a little more than a month, the General Assembly still has much work to do. I had a brief break where I got to go home and mow the lawn, spend time at my restaurant, the Brau Haus, and attend a few festivals in addition to continuing to work on constituent concerns. The time has come for work on summer study committees to commence and I’m ready to get back at it.
Mauzy: Rush County: The hope and the despair
Moments arise when hope and despair briefly intersect. During these emotional overlaps, it’s a toss-up as to which energy will win even though we desire the best. Two recent high-profile events present the overlapping calamity often noticed in this community.
Asbestos awareness is an important topic
My father, sister and husband all died because of asbestos. Now my brother has asbestosis. I set up my website because of the death of my husband to let people know of the dangers. It was the first website designed by a person on the internet at that time instead of by lawyers. The stories are to honour those effected by asbestos and to make sure they are never forgotten. I had just finished the last sentence when I heard of Janelle’s death.
Proposed parade route
I see room for compromise on the 4th of July parade route. Up Main Street to 5th Street then take 5th Street to Harrison Street to 11th Street.
Barada: Good advice for parents and college students
This week’s column is more for the parents of kids about to head to college than unsolicited advice for students about to go. Why? Because kids going away from home, some for the very first time ever, can be an even more traumatic event for the parents than for their children!
Stop the student loan interest rate hike
The key to a great life is a good education. But paying for a college education is tough. Many families are taking out second mortgages. Some are putting-off deserved vacations. Others are telling their kids they just can’t afford to attend the school of their choice.
Mauzy: Recent graduates are free to explore
Two weeks have now passed since Rush County Schools released new graduates from a state required academic curriculum.
Parade should be on Harrison Street
There was good reason for not moving the parade back onto Main Street after the third lane was rammed through: we learned Harrison Street is a better route for both the participants and the spectators.
Barada: The right people in key places
For the first time in years, this community has exceptionally good people in key places within organizations involved directly with helping make Rush County a better place in which to live!
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