Next to Last Things

Next to Last Things

for Jutta Mason and David Cayley

each moment is a gift.

nothing is guaranteed.

so when she cups

your cheek in her hand

or when fresh cut flowers

scent the room

or the cardinal sings

atop the birch in the yard

or the sweetness of the port

lingers on your tongue

or the sunlight streaks through

low rosy clouds at dusk

remember this:

nothing is guaranteed.

each moment is a gift.

Originally posted February 14, 2014 by permission of the author. Home page image: aussiegall

About the Lead Author

Daniel Grego
Daniel Grego is Executive Director of Milwaukee's TransCenter for Youth. He began working for TransCenter for Youth in 1980, first as a teacher, then for twelve years as the Director of Shalom High School. In 1993, he became TransCenter’s Director of Educational Services. He was appointed the Executive Director in 2002. Dr. Grego graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He earned his Ph.D. in Education and Environmental Philosophy from the Graduate School of The Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Grego has led workshops or has been a guest speaker for the Centre for British Teachers, the Academy for Educational Development, the National Network for Youth, the National Youth Employment Coalition, the American Youth Policy Forum, the National Council of State Legislatures, the Children’s Defense Fund, the National Governors Association, the Buck Institute for Education, the American Educational Research Association, the Alternative Education Resource Organization, and at numerous forums and conferences focusing on education issues, particularly alternative education for “at-risk” youth, charter schools, and school choice.

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