holy crap! I swear I was just kickin up a melody
about the flame that got away.
so there would be that list.
but Mom would have to top the list.
Then there are the many aunts,
the matriarchs as i called them,
who raised dear ol' dad.
beyond that out in the world
there are several i can think of
but the one that comes to mind
is Maya Angelou.
she's got a great piece on topic entitled >
Mardi Tuminaro, my teaching coach. She helped me to find my teaching light within when I was fairly burned out, not by my students, but by the negativity in my former work environment. I found her counsel very empowering.