In my sophomore year in high school I vaguely remember taking Biology. I don’t have much of a head for science, so what happened in the Biology classroom, stayed in the Biology classroom. All except one little homily preached by our teacher whenever someone was causing a disturbance, or going off the subject.

“Now, now,” he’d say. “X, you’re zigging when the rest of us are zagging!”

Angles and Palings at the Clark Art Institute

Angles and Palings at the Clark Art Institute

His name was Mr. Noyes, and that’s why I remember it, and him. The times when someone, maybe even me, was zigging when everyone else was zagging. Gives this challenge real meaning and daring for me. Here we are, all of us, demonstrating “going against”, doing things a different way, maybe our own way. Zigging when everybody else is zagging. Yes!


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  1. Love the photos, and funny story!

    I have yet to come up with something for this.

  2. Stef says:

    I like his gentle re-direction. 🙂

    • Touch2Touch says:

      He was a gentle man, true.
      But I still don’t remember very much biology, I was — and remain — incorrigible.

      • Stef says:

        Not incorrigible – you just had different interests than what science offered. I imagine your bio teacher might not have been the best student in English…(?)

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Perhaps, perhaps — A lifetime ago.
        Now I always read the NY Times Science section on Tuesdays — but mostly for medicine and health news.

  3. Madhu says:

    I can imagine why that stuck 😀 Love the lines and textures in your photos Judith.

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