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Dr. Grauer's Column - A Magnificent Notion

Magnificence: Is it a moment, an achievement, a natural phenomenon, an interaction? The relationship between magnificence and high school education can be seen from various lenses: integrating the natural world, inspirational learning and teaching, and emerging human potential. 

A Magnificent Notion
By Stuart Grauer

This season, I have been fending off all manner of invasive news feeds about sustainable change, disturbance, innovation and growth, mental health, navigating tough decisions, and a wide variety of educational disconnects and theories. Been there, done that. You could easily be finding all that in your field, too. While diversity of experience is healthy, this is not the same as the instability many of us find all around.  

Also this season, I saw a random pad of paper on my night stand with forgotten notes on it. On the pad, I found, I had been scribbling on about magnificence. I have no idea of the time or place or reason for this, but it was my handwriting. Now I have been thinking regularly over the past few weeks about magnificence: How there are many types of it; how time and place are the same in magnificence—possibly an indigenous notion. 

Here for dreaming are some images that slipped into my camera this past season. Plus there is a bonus image given to me recently by Mike Blake (alumni dad/Reuters photographer/friend). Guess which one. I haven’t known how to share his photo until now. 

When I look back at high school, magnificence does not come to mind. I want to ask you, since you are reading this, could it? I know the relationship between magnificence and high school education can be seen from various lenses: integrating the natural world, inspirational learning and teaching (in magnificence, that difference goes away, too), and emerging human potential. Will you send me your magnificence and enjoy mine if you can? 

Magnificence: Is it a moment, an achievement, a natural phenomenon, an interaction? I am letting the images speak for themselves. Enough language!

Somewhere in the Rockies

Belongingness

Aperture (Little White Portal)

 

Flamingos in an estuary are what they eat

Chichen Itza

 

Sahara Desert

 

Breakfast, Mexico

Name the place

 

Someplace between Pecos and Balmorea, up high

Ceviche

A cenote

A school event last June

Machete 

Caribbean Blur

At a red light

Resilience (Earthquake refugees, Morocco)

‎⁨Musée d’Art et d’Histoire⁩, ⁨Geneva⁩, ⁨Canton of Geneva⁩, ⁨Switzerland⁩: my favorite Swiss artist, Hodler

Name the place

Night heron in Miami Beach

The Best taco in Encinitas, I guarantee it

 

Las Vegas

Aspen tree in winter

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Photos for Dr. Grauer's Column

‎⁨Musée d’Art et d’Histoire⁩, ⁨Geneva⁩, ⁨Canton of Geneva⁩, ⁨Switzerland⁩: my favorite Swiss artist, Hodler

Do you have a spirit bird? Great blue heron

Somewhere in the Rockies

Las Vegas

Sahara Desert

Resilience (Earthquake refugees, Morocco)

The Best taco in Encinitas, I guarantee it

Aspen tree in winter

Ceviche

Flamingos in an estuary are what they eat

Caribbean Blur

A cenote

Someplace between Pecos and Balmorea, up high

Chichen Itza

Night heron in Miami Beach

Name the place

At a red light

Machete 

Name the place

Aperture (Little White Portal)

Belongingness

A school event last June

Breakfast, Mexico

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Dr. Grauer's Column - A Magnificent Notion

Magnificence: Is it a moment, an achievement, a natural phenomenon, an interaction? The relationship between magnificence and high school education can be seen from various lenses: integrating the natural world, inspirational learning and teaching, and emerging human potential.