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The Last of the Breed in Kentucky: An Interview with John Brock

R&L Education ePub

BETTY E. STEFFY

Department of Educational Administration and Supervision

College of Education

University of Kentucky

111 Dickey Hall

Lexington, KY 40506-0017

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. John Brock was elected to serve as State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Kentucky in 1987 for a four-year term. His official duties were drastically altered as a result of the passage of KERA (Kentucky Educational Reform Act). While there will still be the constitutional office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, nearly all of the duties have been shifted to an appointed Commissioner of Education, Dr. Tom Boysen, formerly San Diego County Schools Superintendent in California. As such, Dr. Brock is the last State Superintendent to hold the full duties embodied in that constitutional office in the Bluegrass State. John Brock was interviewed by IJER co-editor Betty E. Steffy in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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Balsam

Clarke, Gillian Carcanet Press Ltd. ePub

Balsam impatiens. ‘Leaves

oval, slightly toothed. Flowers

five-petalled with a full lip,

a hood and spur of silk.’

On this slow autumn day

the apple branches lean

against the ground, the white

seeds ripen privately

in the apple’s darkness.

Noli me tangere

wild in the damp of the wood.

The pods explode in my hand

as the beat of a trapped

animal there, the seed

on my palm. The hawsers

of the pod recoil, greens

never seen before, damp

silks worn new, still shaking.

Himalayan balsam: ‘found

in stony places, secretly,

especially by streams.’

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Allies

Rob Schlegel The Center for Literary Publishing ePub

Until someone steals my coat
I am the younger brother
of each passenger on the train.

I polish their black shoes
and offer to clean the mirrors in every restroom.

At night I sleep and my siblings
try to see the passing fields
by looking out their windows

but the dark glass only reveals
their own reflections

so they think
if they could lighten their hair, they would.

If they could change their names
they would try that too.

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Chapter Ten - Merlin and the Search for Coniunctio

Alvarenga, Maria Zelia de Karnac Books ePub

CHAPTER TEN

Merlin and the search for coniunctio

And, still dizzy by what had been,
His head, in a sea of giddiness,
he raises his hand, and finds ivy
And sees that he himself was
The Princess who slept.

—Fernando Pessoa, “Eros and Psyche”. Translated by Camila Cesar Silva and Susan Carol Albert

In the grail legend, Merlin is the central character in the myth, representing wholeness. He is the wise man. Arthur's tutor, he stays behind the scenes, the commander of events, and visionary of the future.

When Christ came to earth to fulfil the destiny of man's redemption, according to the legend, the demons from hell were not pleased with this situation—perhaps because the number of troubled souls would be significantly reduced, or perhaps because the coming of the saviour could result in the redemption of the Great Mother, of the feminine, of women. And the demons were outraged. Women, at this time, were considered the main source of sin. Burdened with troubled souls, their destiny was hell. So we can understand the anger expressed by the demons against God. With the coming of the messiah, Adam and Eve and all of their descendants would be free of the burning fire to which they had been condemned. Therefore, there had to be a counterpoint to this mythical-mysterious other Christ figure, opposition, that was as important as the son of God.

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1 “Big Men”

Ch. Didier Gondola Indiana University Press ePub

1   “Big Men”

In every age, not just our own, manhood was something that had to be won.

Leonard Kriegel (cited by Gilmore 1990: 19)

THE PURPOSE of this chapter is to follow the threads of manhood and violence back in time—to when Kinshasa, and more generally the area around the lakelike expansion of the Congo River now known as Malebo Pool, displayed different geographic and social configurations—and to draw some parallels with the changes that would occur later, during colonization. The fact that manhood has been a constant quest in all human societies, if a difficult and precarious one, is something that is now well established. In all societies, boys are meant to become men, yet the meaning of becoming and being men varies considerably from one society to another. Thus, to borrow from Michael Kimmel (1996: 5), “manhood means different things at different times to different people.” Even within the same society, the ways in which manhood and masculinity are constructed tend to vary as social, cultural, and economic changes unfold. Yet those differences and variations should not obfuscate the fact that some patterns remain the same.

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