“One of the most curious things about haters is the energy with which they hate. Imagine if they used that energy for good.” ~Paul Graham

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Reading, Revitalising, Regenerating

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This is a wonderful post on the power of reading.

Writers and their stories

Often we look so long at the closed door we do not see the one that has been opened for us.      (Helen Keller)

Recently life has been filled with frustrations; organizing new cards, finding old receipts and worrying about replacing the stolen new car. Our family and friends have been absolutely wonderful and so supportive. They shine a bright beam of love into our lives and we feel so fortunate to have such positive people around us. They are the door that has been opened to us and we appreciate each and every one.

But sometimes something will unexpectedly trip you up and forces you to look at the closed door. My dark blue backpack was discovered under the water at the end of a jetty. It has been there for two weeks. Discarded. Thrown away. The things that supported me and my life, considered worthless.

In that…

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Quotations on the Importance of Perseverance

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One of the most important qualities for writers is that of perseverance. So many other circumstances have impact on success and failure that are outside of the direct control of the writer, but there is one that is in his/her ability to control: perseverance, the ability to keep writing, no matter what is happening. Here are a few quotations about that quality.

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“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

                                                             Abraham Lincoln

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“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

                       Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 

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“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”

                                  H.G. Wells

 

How Art Shapes Our World

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This is a very important post on the need for art in the education of children. I just read it today, and I want to share it.

A Teacher's Reflections

Growing up, I spent every Sunday afternoon with my grandmother, Nan.  She was the fun one, the grandparent who let us dress up in her clothes, always read to us, told us stories of her childhood, and drove us to the ‘five and dime’ to spend a nickle on anything we wanted.  She made real taffy, and we had taffy pulls until the taffy was glistening.  One of Nan’s favorite books was a picture book of Norman Rockwell illustrations.  I loved that book, and we often looked through it together, talking about the pictures.  Walking into Nan’s apartment hung a picture of ‘Girl Before a Mirror’ by Picasso.  As a child I thought this was strange.  Little did that I know how it would shape my thinking and teaching.  Nan had all sorts of pictures hanging in her apartment.  The one that struck me the most was ‘Leaving Home’ by…

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