11/2 I HEARD BACK FROM N TODAY. SHE IS FINE AND SO IS H, BUT H HAD A CLOSE CALL.
10/23 I wrote to N, in Baghdad, back on the 23rd, but I haven't gotten an anwer. The students have not gotten answers either, and these spaces bring worry to our hearts. May the reason be lack of electricity, and nothing more serious than that. Oh, serious indeed, as winter comes, but there could be sadder reasons...and we wait.
October 23, 2005
Hello, dear Sister.
The students don't get email. I don't get email. I hate email. I wait.
So, I wait to hear from you, and the waiting is filled with much business, but still there is the waiting. I know the electricity is on rarely so you don't get much chance to write, and I hope you think to check the blog.
Marilyn is doing OK. She is busy with her new novel and it is amazing how she can keep focused in between all the things that are going on that could that could distract her.
I am busy with school and Peaceful Tomorrows. Yesterday I read letters from Iraq to an audience of young people. They were, of course, emotionally moved by the words that come from Iraq. Many had no idea of what the conditions are for civilians. I also gave a workshop that focused on civilian casualties (of all types, all nations, etc.). And we talked of how individuals can make a difference by doing something-anything! And that if EVERYONE did a small thing then the world would be changed forever. Again, the voices from Iraq made people know that there are real people there, who feel real effects of the war, who wish for peace, who want the US troops to get out, now.
Do you still feel this way? One woman stood and asked if I thought that when the US troops left the insurgents would take over and then the religious fanatics would gain control, and asked if I thought we really should take the troops away. I replied, "Yes. We have to take our troops out now. The problems of the Iraqi people should be solved by the Iraqi people. If, after we are gone, the government asks for our help then we can decide whether or not to help them." Is this close to how you feel?
School is much less fun for me this year. The administration is getting very picky about things I think are unimportant, and they want us all to teach in the same style. My style is very different, but I think I am a very effective teacher. I hate having to do it their way and it makes me uncomfortable. This week I will be observed by the Assistant Principal of Science and he will grade me on my performance. He does not like the way I teach and I will try to do it his way, 'playing the game', and hope that I pass. The students save my day. I love them, and love to teach them, and they brighten each day.
We miss hearing from you. Today is Jeremy's birthday.
With much love, Bruce
November 2, 2005