Friday, September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018


As some of you know, I am finishing up my studies for a third master's degree- a Masters in Education at AMU.

I've created two Prezi Presentations on education related themes that incorporate some of my deliciously gothic images.

Here is the first one: “Whole Class, Teacher Led Collaboration Model, September 23, 2018.


Here is the second one: “Classroom Management Plan”, September 30, 2018.


JLS

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August 29 2018


Reverend John Hale of Beverly, in The Crucible, makes the statement: “The Devil is precise; the marks of his Presence are definite as stone.”

But is he, & are they?  I think not. 

The Devil is chaos personified- part & parcel of the Dionysian Great Mother- Female, not Male, Goddess not God (which is why Baphomet has breasts, as some of you have observed & accepted as accure).

What is really precise is to think for yourselves.  To make up your own minds.  To accept yourselves, as deep down, autumn people- thinking autumn thoughts; keeping autumn shrines.

During this Halloween season, celebrate the Devil if you must.  Or celebrate God, if you need to.

But God, Goddess, Devil, Demon, come as you are & as only imperfect shadow-puppets.

You, all of you as individuals, are more than the shadow-puppets that you insist on holding in your mind & subjugating yourself to.

You are the God & the Devil.

So, celebrate that!

JLS


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August 7, 2018


This is August- the season of Lammas & the first, faint stirrings of the darkness and of my favorite season, autumn.

Time to get rid of people who bring you down & stop you from realizing the uniqueness & the divinity that is your birthright.  

Cast them out, my friends!

Use "The Spell of the Black Witch Doll”.  

But don't kill them, just cast them away & keep them away.

JLS



Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018


Greetings Everyone!

Please pick up a copy of my article "Aliens: Extra-Terrestrial or Trans-Dimensional?"  in the New Dawn Special Issue Vol. 12 No. 2.

In this article, I make the case that aliens are essentially not extra-terrestrial, but rather, trans-dimensional, inhabiting the myriad layers of alternate dimensions that interpenetrate the Multiverse, “in” the world as we know it and yet, not really “of” the world.


https://www.newdawnmagazine.com/product/new-dawn-special-issue-vol-12-no-2


And if you haven't picked up a copy of my book : H. P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition, please order a copy from your local bookstore or else from Barnes & Noble, Red Wheel/Weiser or Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Lovecraft-Black-Magickal-Tradition-Influence/dp/157863587X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434646281&sr=8-1&keywords=h.+p.+lovecraft+and+the+black+magickal+tradition


Best wishes!

JLS



Saturday, June 16, 2018

June 16, 2018


A school of educators who call themselves constructivists argue that young students actually construct knowledge on their own.

But is this really true?

Apart from the dedication & efforts of their teachers and the concrete, specific goals that their teachers & parents & caregivers formulate for them & then track, I think that most students do not construct knowledge.

There may be visible vestiges of this that appear like ghosts from time to time – facsimiles and simulacrums, that the irrational can point to & claim: “There! There it is!”

But too often, these are chimera, products of wish-fulfillment & expectations on the part of adults who fervently believe that ideology may, perhaps, override reality if we wish hard enough.

It is true that knowledge & learning are always possible in a vacuum or in mental vacuity, but the only individuals who can achieve these great gifts without the help & assistance of educators already possess them.

JLS

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018


I created a glog recently to express my understanding of the dimensions important for early education to take root & blossom. 


In the center is the image of a multi-dimensional figure, expanding up, each dimension emerging & linked to the preceding sequence of figures, spawning as it were from each of the heads.

The dimensions make it possible for the secondary school teacher to create student profiles.  The foundation for the profiles is the data amassed by the teacher as she attempts to know & understand her students

But it is important to recognize that these profiles & their foundations are not necessarily linked to the integration of the self.

The self is an amorphous, nebulous entity, ever-changing, ever-shifting, fragmented at times, integrated at other times, but always in a state of flux.

Consequently, there can be no cause-and-effect connection between such a fluidic, transitory thing and any human-centric empirical process, particularly when it comes to the educational process.

It is a pleasant hope that learning might contribute to an integrated self, but there is also the possibility that it might not, and other, disparate factors, such as age, maturity, life experiences, technology and popular culture, may play an even more important role in shaping or, in fact, disintegrating the self.  

I have juxtaposed the mirror images of the integrated self and the fragmented self in the upper right and lower left corners of the glog.

The wall behind the glog represents a vast, blue goddess, the Goddess of Space & the Earth, pouring abundant waters upon the planet & nourishing it.

The waters, perhaps, nourish the tasks that the secondary school educator has set for herself.  And though her pursuit may end up yielding mixed results it is nonetheless an important pursuit; a positive reminder that the stakes here may be less than we might wish for, and yet, important & worthy of whatever attention we can give them. 

JLS