“I teach mathematics and an integrative class called “Building Community,” which is a writing class. It has nothing to do with mathematics and is our sophomore-level required course. We actually have students who are volunteering down at Daybreak, spending time down at Daybreak, which is Macon’s day center for the homeless.
They actually just hang out. So, they’re not volunteers…as members of the greater Macon community, both the students and the Daybreak participants. Daybreak has a great room where everybody just hangs out and they go down and they play, do puzzles, and they talk to people and play checkers.
How do I cross boundaries? I guess, not very well. Because I live three blocks away and my life is very circumspect.
One of the ways is actually living in town. I like the neighborhood that I live in, that it is actually mixed. I guess that’s one way. Another is, I don’t know, I mean…I like talking to people who are different.
And, I think teaching. I think if you pay attention when you’re teaching, you know that your students are of all different kinds of backgrounds. And so if you’re open to sort of knowing them, you’re going to be sharing with them.
Memorable teaching moments? It’s the constellation of little things. I mean, the students are all learning, whether it’s expanding their view of mathematics or expanding their view of Macon or their world. It’s a lot of little things.
I’m too lucky. I mean, you’re supposed to be able to better commune with other people if you’ve suffered. But fortunately or unfortunately, I haven’t suffered. I can share in other people’s suffering but only as much as you’d be open to it.
I do go to the Saturday morning yoga class sometimes…not all the time, but about half the time, maybe. My body just tightens up, and it loosens it. It’s good to be out and under the trees in Tattnall Square Park. I like that it’s, you know, a contribution.
No, I think that people should recognize how much Macon is blossoming right now.
I think that Macon’s been working really hard over the years to build its downtown, bring it back. I think it’s essential to do that. You know that has to extend to the outlying neighborhoods in Macon. There is a huge amount of work to be done.
But, that means there’s somewhere to go; there’s work to be done.
I know that there are significant efforts. And I think the the efforts to deal with the blight, you know, they’re tough. There’s, I think there’s progress. But it’s still sort of a drop in the bucket. But, I think people are taking it seriously, what needs to be done.
Well, I mean the intractable things are the the resegregation of schools. I think that is something which Macon can’t…that will take more. I’m not really sure how to tackle that. ‘Cause we’ve inherited choices that were made in the 60s. And, those choices have informed where we’re at today.
But I think that there are businesses coming in to Macon, and I think we can’t thrive unless people have places to work.”