I hope that today
brings you great joy. This past weekend, all of us
were in a state of shock as we were setting up at
our contests to learn of the Columbia Space
Shuttle tragedy. It was something that was
especially tragic because at two of the contests,
we had teams that went to school with the
astronauts children in Houston. All of us felt a
personal loss to this tragedy and our thoughts and
prayers go out to their families.
Here are two special passages in tribute to the
seven astronauts on the Columbia:
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
-John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
When I must leave you for a little while
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!
There are other motivational passages located on
our Education Support Page and also in The Line
Online in the archives of past weekly messages.
"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I
only try to dance better than myself."
- Mikhail Baryshnikov -
It is contest season
and the time for everyone to strive for
Excellence. Below are a few lines that attribute
to excellence and striving daily for success. May
you have a wonderful week, and, as always, please
keep in touch.
Joyce E. Pennington