I am back in Mathews following an action-packed weekend that started
in the dentist's office in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday, before
a drive to Roanoke, where I gave the keynote address at the annual
meeting of the Virginia State conference of the Learning Disablities
Pat and Anita Booth with the board members of LDA of Virginia.
The following morning I watched grandson Pico Gabellieri play soccer.
Being more than half Italian, he has a natural flair and distinguished
himself, much to his grandmother's delight.
The presentations were both instructive and humorous and a good
time was had by all.
Then I was on the road to Morgantown, West Virginia, where The
P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education was starting
its annual conference, The Creative Mind, A Natural Treasure.
Malcolm had gone on ahead and so I drove with Jean Lokerson, the President
of the Virginia LDA, who is also a member of our Foundation Board.
The conference was incredibly stimulating as professors and teachers
from across the country gathered to present and discuss their ideas
on how to best use the arts in teaching. This was our fifth such conference
and each time I come away filled with admiration for the selfless
dedication of our teaching professionals. We owe them an imense gratitude.
I admire their ingenuity in finding ways to still achieve their dreams
for their children in spite of the cuts being made in education budgets.
I just hope our politicians do better for them in the future.
Warm-up exercises before the Foundation Walk with Moss.
Malcolm and I came back from Morgantown on Route 250, driven by Steve
and Linda, friends from Mathews who are supporters of the Foundation.
The drive was through the mountains. The changing colors of fall were
at their best and I was thankful that the ever twisting roads kept
our speed down and I could soak up the beauty of the mountainsides.
Two days at home and we will be off to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for
Convention at the Lancaster Host Resort. If you do not already
plan to be there, and can make it, it is not too late. If you arrive
without prior booking, we will welcome you to the convention floor,
though we cannot guarantee a room in the hotel.
Next week I will send you photos of the convention.