In a previous post I said I will follow up with a whole “high school essay” on the topic Dana Michaels has introduced. I’ve composed the essay in longhand, using pencil and paper. Thereupon, I’ve translated it into text using voice-to-text software. It took me a while to find the WAV file that I had created, using my Zoom H4n audio recorder, to create the recording that I would next translate into text.
Once I found the WAV file, with the aid of my Adobe Premiere Pro software, which I like to use when working with WAV files, I next had to figure out how to use Dragon Dictate to translate the words into text. I figured out the procedure after I had consulted some instructions that I found via Google.
The software did some training, so that it would be calibrated to my voice, using a small segment of the WAV file. When that was done, the entire text appeared in front of me, and I did some further editing. The edited text follows below.
What follows is the essay I have written. I guess you have to refer to the previous post to get a sense of what Dana Michaels said. This being an essay, it’s totally different from a news report. Only some people will read an essay, I imagine, while more people will likely read a news report. So if you want to know what Dana Michaels said, you have to go back to the previous post. There’s nothing easy about an essay. If you want to read an essay, you have to do some of the work yourself.
For any person organizing a reunion, kind words of encouragement, such as your recent comments – I’m referring here to comments from Dana Michaels – about my blog, and about the work of the MCHS 2015 organizing team, are tremendously valuable.
In thirty years of intensive volunteer work, focused upon what is at times called community self-organizing, I’ve achieved a small measure of success and have learned many new things of value.
One of those things is that words have tremendous power, for good or for ill. Your comments are good words, and they have the power to fill one’s sails; they have the power to move the project strongly forward.
I much appreciate, as well, that you can see the value of the work of the organizing team, even given that you will not be there, at the reunion itself.
Reunions have tremendous value, but it’s not every MCHS graduate from the 1960s who will be able to make it to this one.
That being said, every person who connects with the MCHS of the ’60s has the opportunity to be part of the network of alumni, which has always been in place, since the school was opened, in 1961-62, and which has the capability of further growth.
There is value in the existence of such a network, even among those of us who only meet online, or through emails, blog posts, Facebook, or other social media.
The networks of contacts that exist among MCHS alumni enable people to know what is going on.
The connections that are created help to spread the word about upcoming events such as the MCHS ’60s Reunion.
Let us keep in touch. Let us all celebrate the work that we are doing together, on one level or another.
Above all let us celebrate the power of kind words, well spoken.
In conclusion I would say, in what has turned out to be, in the best sense of the word, a high school essay, is that it’s great to have a positive outlook in life, and to seek out what is good, and what is true.
In fact, I like high school essays.
It was in high school in the 1960s that I found my voice as a writer. Until that time, I wasn’t aware that I was in possession of such a thing. It was the response of readers that told me that I have a voice.
Dealing with obstacles to the achievement of goals
I am a fan of positive thinking as a goal of day-to-day life. I also like to adopt an evidence-based approach to life, however.
If there is a particular quality or configuration of energies in life that warrants reverence, in my experience, it is evidence.
In a previous post I’ve referred to evidence that suggests that positive thinking has to be tempered with an awareness of what the potential obstacles may be, that stand in the way of reaching one’s goals.
A person needs to demonstrate the capacity to formulate clear and practical steps to address the obstacles, in order that the positive goal that a person envisions can be achieved. Otherwise a person is dreaming, and not getting much else done, aside from the dreaming and the imagining.