Forth - searching for
the best in us all
Drawing Forth is dedicated to support the best of what it means to
Latin root of the word educate (edu-care) means to draw forth. It is my belief that the essence of education
is a process of drawing forth the best in each human being. My
name is Steven Fletcher (most of my life known as Steve Fletcher) and
this site hosts my blog along with links to some sites I support, host
or just plain love!
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No human can ever adequately describe another or even describe one's
own self. We are all a lot worse and a lot better than anything that's
ever been said about us. Never-the-less, here is a sketch of
I was born in a small town in northern California (Healdsburg),
the son of a great teacher, Robert
Fletcher (a real educator) and a mother Frances (Green)
Fletcher, who was not just my mother, but my spiritual guide. They
both inspired me in ways that this small article can't do justice to.
When I was 16 we moved to Palo
Alto, California so my father could go to Stanford
University and get his Ed.D. He was 50 years old. After a
year at Palo Alto High School, I got a wonderful job at Beckman
Division) and attended Foothill
College. I had a few good teachers and one that was a great
teacher. That great teacher was Mrs. Connie Mundrick **. (If anyone knows
where she is please contact me so I can drop whatever I am doing and
go visit her to say thank you.) After two English courses with Mrs.
Mundrick I began to write poetry continuously. Then came songs, then
many years later, short stories. There are many events in my life that
this sketch does not have room for. After that experience there was
life in Canada, Swaziland, Chuuk, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa,
China and a lot of travel in between. Oh, and two special children,
Themba and Thabo and two wonderful daughters-in-law, Kerri and
Jenifer, and four grandchildren, Emmett, Samuel, Calliope and Ariadne.
Now, I am
married to Liu Haiping and live in John Day, Oregon. I taught in
Lanzhou University from 2014 to 2016 and at Guizhou
University from 2010 to 2014. I guess you could say I am
following in my father's footsteps. Also along the way there was a BA
degree in Expressive Arts (Sonoma
State University), an MA on "The Use of Stories for Healing and
College), a PhD. in "Higher Education and Social Change" (Western Institute for Social Research)
plus a number of business and non-profit enterprises. A couple
of anthologies of short stories are still in print along with five
CD's. (You can get them from Peaceful
Pages). I finished working on a book for
children called Conversations With a
Small Yellow Butterfly Named Nevada which I hope will be in
print soon. I am working on my bucket list. Recently, I got my Amatuer
Radio license which has been a dream since I was about 10 years-old.
I love music and I love education and I love cultures. By cultures I
don't mean the opera and the theater, but the way common people think
and live - wherever they live - in huts made of mud and grass with
smiles on their faces or working in sun-bleached fishing boats. If
you're interested there is more of my philosophical musings on my blog. You're always welcome here.
People often ask me if I have a belief. Yes, I have a belief system
that is centered around the unity of mankind. If you wish to know more
you can take a look at the following web sites: http://www.bahai.org/
If you have any comments, thoughts, or questions about subjects like
the nature of life, the relationship between individuals and society,
the purpose and importance of marriage, the beauty and importance of
education, the relationship between science and religion, the
relationship between our material and spiritual life or any other
related question please contact
me. I love exploring such topics as does my wife.
If you are a teacher or future teacher or just interested in education
(and parenting) you are welcome to join my QQ discussion group called
"Edu Care". The QQ number is: 312134252.
There are two people in the world I would like to find: my old freind
Blackman and my teacher, mentioned above, Mrs. Connie Mundrick **,
formally of Foothill College. If anyone can help me find either of
these people, kindly contact me here
through my Unified Thinking site.
** Today, July 3rd, 2019, after 54 years of trying to locate my dear teacher, I found her and spoke with her on the phone. Today is a great day!!!
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