Even Poorer in Thanks

Still immersed in final preparation of LTW II so it’s been very hard to write on here. Camille Goldston called me this morning to see how I was doing  and whether there was anything I needed her to do.

It’s amazing how much work she has put into this project over the last couple years – and into studying and teaching the Lost Tools of Writing before that.

Camille has told me that she didn’t like writing before she got involved with this, and there are times when I’m sure I’ve made her like it even less. Yet she outlined and created the great bulk of the level II teacher’s guide and then subjected it to review by others, especially Dr. Timothy Diebler from Covenant Academy in Houston, TX.

That takes some courage.

Camille has written, modified, and edited module guides and worksheets, she has found others to help with various parts of the project and guided them in their roles, she has given me feedback on most of the things I’ve worked on directly.

When I review what Camille (and Leah) have worked on, and then I remember that another dozen people have been involved in this task, I ask myself what exactly I have done.

The only thing I can come up with is my normal role ever since school days: to create confusion and chaos for the people who are trying to be productive.

I hope that you will all get your hands on LTW II because it really is going to be the best upper school writing program for the teacher who wants to teach students how to think and who values practical communication skills that grow from clear and creative thinking.

And I hope that when you get the program you will drop Camille a line to thank her for the innumerable hours of work she has given to classical rhetoric, from her four years in the apprenticeship to teaching level I (including on-line with Memoria Press – see our website for details on that), to the last two years of showing constant initiative to complete level II and work through some really tough spots even when I felt like quitting.

It’s personal. I’m indebted to Camille for her work and for her encouragement. But I can’t thank her enough. Can you help me?

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4 Responses

  1. You ALL are so kind. I’m honored to be a part of this work! and a part of you.

    Grace, peace, blessings, and hugs back! =)
    Camille

  2. Camille,

    Thanks for listening to me with caring and compassionate ears when I called you many a time. Thanks for the wisdom in knowing when to answer and when to not answer. I know that this same care, compassion and wisdom is in LTWII. How could it be otherwise? You put your heart into it.

    Grace and Peace to you Camille,
    Suzanne

  3. Thank you, Camille!
    I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands!
    Blessings for all the final details!!

  4. Happy to help! Camille has talked me down out of the tree on more than one occasion. Sometimes I don’t even call her (She’s thanking me now. I can hear it.) because I realize how calmly and cheerfully she’ll respond and I feel better already.

    Camille, you are a treasure!

    Hugs,
    Renee

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