Welcome students and parents. I'm sincerely excited about what the year will bring and am looking forward to the time we'll spend together in Room 228. A quick disclaimer and warning: This is my first year with a website, and tech savvy is not my strong suite. I can't stress enough that this website should not be considered a substitute for or replica of what happens in class. It's a tool for providing a class schedule, assignments, documents, etc., but that does not mean that everything we do or everything that is required will make its way onto the website. There is no better way to be successful in the class than to attend regularly and engage in the material. Besides, we usually have a pretty good time.

Below is a poem by Rumi, a 13th century Persian mystic poet. The poem captures a central thread that I want to weave throughout the year in terms of the role literature plays in our lives. Literature helps to illustrate for us the relationship between conflict, struggle, meaning and power. In some way or another, a lot of the stories we encounter have their "lame goat".
And most, if not all, of us at one point in our lives experience being the "lame goat".

“The Lame Goat” by Rumi

 You have seen a herd of goats

going down to the water.


The lame and dreamy goat

brings up the rear.


There are worried faces about that one,

but now they're laughing,


because look, as they return,

that one is leading.


There are many different ways of knowing.

The lame goat's kind is a branch

that traces back to the roots of presence.


Learn from the lame goat,

and lead the herd home.




  1. 1.
    (of a person or animal) unable to walk normally because of an injury or illness affecting the leg or foot.
    "his horse went lame"
    synonyms:limping, hobbling
  2. 2.
    (of an explanation or excuse) unconvincingly feeble.
    "it was a lame statement and there was no excusing his behavior"

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Joel Lundeen,
Sep 7, 2016, 12:33 PM