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"Welcome to the Big Show" by Michael DeNobile

Within this blog, Michael DeNobile, a New York educator, writer, consultant, and blogger will share his thoughts on a number of topics related to education.

Welcome to the Big Show - Michael DeNobile
Years of passion led us to where we are today.

"Welcome to the Big Show"

Michael DeNobile hopes to express that this blog has been a long time coming. It has been inspired by fourteen years of educational experience, even longer experience in youth ministry, long stretches of reflection and formal studies in various fields of discipline, and a burning desire to share stories.


Tell Your Story, Don't Allow Others to Tell Yours

One of Michael DeNobile’s biggest lessons in his thirty-six years of life and fourteen years as an educator is to not allow others to tell your story. There will be individuals in life, both personally and professionally, who will try to appropriate your story. From personal experience, don't let them; the only one who should hold the pen to your story is you and you alone.


Austrian Jewish neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl once said, "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." I would add that in changing ourselves, we change our perspectives, and in turn, we change the narrative. To quote Tenth Avenue North in their song "You Are More," "You are more than the choices that you've made / You are more than the sum of your past mistakes / You are more than the problems you create / You've been remade." Don't let your choices, good or bad, nor their intended or unintended consequences define who you are, your character, your dignity, and your worth. Why? Because, as John Proctor teaches us in the Crucible, it is your name! Because you cannot have another in your life! Do not hand over your soul to others; always retain the dignity of your name.


Telling My Story

In an attempt to share a little bit of his story, Michael DeNobile was inspired to write the following identity poem about himself. Learning is the journey, and he invites readers to ride shotgun.


"Welcome to the Big Show"


My story begins long before

I took my first breath

for I have the blood of a survivor

running through my veins

when my great grandmother struggled

for her breath

to survive in a pile of rubble

left for dead in the wake of the Messina earthquake

her finger twitching to signal for life

her struggle led her across the sea to a new world

in a land of opportunity


I have the blood of fighters

running through my veins

when her son-in-law, my grandfather,

tussled with future champions

and though his dream of being a contender

never came to be--instead becoming

a cobblestone and asphalt layer

he too survived and fought on

like my other grandfather and uncle

both my namesakes

who served in World War II and Vietnam

in defense of liberty, then returned home to serve

as honorable steamfitters of the Local 638


I have the blood of trailblazers

running through my veins

when my father was the first in his family to go to college

so that my father's son could be the first in his family to earn multiple degrees--

when my mother participated in groundbreaking medical research

so that my mother's son could be born--literally--when the doctors recommended to terminate


I was born and baptized in fire

I am a survivor

I am a fighter

I am a trailblazer

because of my blood

because of my past

because I look toward the future, knowing

I can do anything

because my greatest teachers taught me how


Welcome to the big show

this is my Life

this is my story

this is my blood

this is my name

and the journey's just beginning

~~~~~~~~~~

Michael DeNobile invites you to sojourn with him now. You ain't seen nothing yet.


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