Posted by: jockmackenzie | July 13, 2009

Teachers and Retirement

Stained glass fr. door_2

During my years of teaching (also my years of parenting), I was fortunate enough to fall into a number of hobbies. A good friend and teaching colleague, Jerry Williamson, encouraged me in the world of stained glass.

The picture above is a piece I made for our front door. With Jerry’s guidance, I was able to employ a number of techniques that make this one special e.g. using one piece of Baroque to ensure a continuous flow in the translucent portion.

I offer the idea of hobbies for several reasons: it’s great to have a diversion from teaching while you’re still teaching (some pastime that is all absorbing, one that takes your mind away from the pressures of the job), it takes years to become accomplished at most hobbies so the “small steps” philosophy can be at work throughout your career, and it certainly adds to life after teaching when your days are more available to enjoy a variety of pastimes.

Some parting quotes:

“A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.”
Phyllis McGinley quotes

“When a habit begins to cost money, it’s called a hobby.”
Jewish Proverb quotes

“In America, the only truly popular art form is the movies. Most people consider painting a hobby and literature, schoolwork.”
Brad Holland quotes

“Golf isn’t just my business, it’s my hobby.”
Lee Trevino quotes

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