Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation. André Gide
Per Carlo's request, I've posted the presentation here! 119 slides - a new record! (I cheated, though - only one sentence per slide...)
(Also, why didn't anyone tell me about "The Buried Life" before I posted the Bucket? I saw it on a billboard after landing at LAX Monday...it's like the Gladwell/Outliers thing all over again.)
Thanks for all of the wonderful comments and sound advice on your final assignment, and thanks for making this blog come alive. I start new blogs at the beginning of each semester in order to preserve the old ones; the second-semester blog is called The Arch of the Sky (if you want to know why, you have to read 1984).
Unless there's popular demand for cross-posting, this is the end of this iteration of the blog. Rest assured that I'll be using lots of threads in here as examples in years to come, and I'm really going to miss having you guys around.
For now, let's close out the semester in style!
Here’s to good fortune and good stories, to stars and blogs, to the infinite promise each of you carries within yourselves. Here’s to the next few years – may they be some of the best years of your lives! Always remember that you are special, and that someone cares about you. I wish you the very best, and look forward to hearing from you in the years to come. I can’t wait to see the future you’ll create!
Good luck and safe travels, and keep your eyes on the stars.
Mr. Feraco, you're the one teacher I'm so miserable leaving behind I'm not rejoicing at all about my new second semester schedule because I know I won't find another teacher that cares so much about all of us as much as you have. The way you known so much about all of us without even having to have us speak was just incredible! This is the first and most likely last time a teacher will ever make such a great and memorable good bye. Carlo and I have already been telling your next semester students how engaging their next four and a half months will be.
Thanks again for everything Mr. Feraco and please take care! Please make sure to keep us updated with everything that's going on! (especially with Mrs. Feraco! )