Thank you, Steve Jobs

Thank you, Steve Jobs, for the iPod that plays the music that keeps me moving at the gym.

Thank you for iTunes, which gave me most of the music on my iPod.

Thank you for the iMac on which I work and write and play.

Thank you for the iBook that lets me work and write at the library and in the park and everywhere else that's not home.

Thank you for the PowerBook on which I wrote my Master's Thesis and started my novels. It now rests in peace on a shelf in my office.

Thank you for the Mac Classic, which long ago was resigned to a recycling heap in Southern California, on which I wrote my first lesson plans and teaching materials.

Thank you for Pixar, which allowed me to escape into the worlds of Toy Story and WALL-E.

Thank you for your vision and your genius and for this lesson, which I am trying to learn and live by:

"Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
--Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, June 12, 2005