Great teachers lead their students into new fields to stand beneath rushing waters and feel the possibilities of the worlds they inhabit.
Teaching does not supplant writing, and the artist at some deeply significant level remains always a teacher.
Be a teacher in what you do, what you say, what you write, how you act, how you relate to others, who you are. Always be a teacher. We must all resist the hatred, ignorance, and meanness of those in power in our own way with our own talents and skills. For me, that means to be a teacher, always, everywhere, with everyone. ♨
Marilyn Robinson Waldman was a demanding but good-humored teacher and an exemplary public intellectual, a model of scholarly relevance whose passion and generosity we might all aspire to. She is also the reason I never teach outdoors. ♨