Have You Written Today?





Here is a quick question to all the writers out there who read this blog: have you written or will you write at least 300 words today? If you do that much every day, by the end of one year, you will have drafted your book!

Have faith in yourself!

Keep Writing!



Happy Thanksgiving — 2019 — For What Are You Grateful?




Happy Thanksgiving!

Please remember to recognize the positives and the blessings in your lives.

Enjoy your feasts, your gatherings, and your traditions. And please remember to give thanks to those who help us in many ways. So many are away from home, friends, and family, and we should all give them a moment of thanks.

Please try to remember those who are less fortunate, and try to find some kindness and to continue to spread it throughout the year.

To my friends, including my many blogging friends, and family, –thank you!

I would also like to ask all of you:  For what are you thankful?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Quotations On Education




“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

                                                                              Margaret Mead




“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

                                                                              Thomas Paine




“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”


A Call to Arms (and Pens)


Here is a call to join the U.L.S. from one of my Lehigh University Students!

A Band of Banned Books

It has come time, my friends, for me to call out to you to join the Underground Library Society with an eye-catching piece of shameless propaganda.

I designed the poster above to be posted all throughout campus with the intention of getting my peers to raise the question, “what is ULS?” or, at the very least consider the quote atop the page. “You never really know a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb inside his shoes and walk around” (Lee 1960) spoke volumes to me, as I have mentioned before. It was important to me to include this in the poster, as even if no one wondered what the ULS was, maybe they’d stop and take in Lee’s words of wisdom spoken through Atticus Finch to his daughter, Scout in the beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

I wanted to keep the…

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Real Heroes


Here is a beautiful post from Jennie, the extraordinary teacher!

A Teacher's Reflections

There are sad events in life that turn into goodness for others.  Gabi’s Bears is a case in point.  It started as a local fundraiser in a small Massachusetts town, after cancer had taken Gabi away.  Buy a bear to be given to a pediatric patient and donated to MGH (Mass General Hospital).

The fundraiser was so successful that the two women who made the bears decided to do more.  They made countless bears.  It was a labor of love.

Over fifty bears were initially delivered to MGH.  These heroes will be delivering more, in bunches of fifty, every few months.
And all those bears go into the arms of children who need a lovey, want to hug and love a bear.

At school, bears and loveys are important for children.  They are the ‘go to’ at nap time and when things aren’t going well.  I have a great understanding…

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ULS Poster


Here is another of my students’ posters and blog post.

Sarah *sips

As part of the Underground Library Society, I have created a poster for my chosen book, Animal Farm. The ominous pig I drew, Napoleon, who himself symbolizes Stalin, represents communism and the evil that surrounds it. The other animals are drawn in solid black to symbolize their lack of identity and worth under oppression. I chose darker colors for the grim, hopeless reality and red to represent all the blood lost throughout the novel.

The center quote reflects the core of the novel – the distortion of ideals and class segregation. When history repeats itself, society tends to reestablish all that it has worked against, including classes. This novel serves as social commentary and criticism as well as a warning to mankind.

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The Underground Library Society (ULS): My poster!


I wanted to share one of the posters that one of my Lehigh University students made for the ULS, the Underground Library Society, project.

Maddie's Blog: Book Banning

Happy Thursday everyone! This morning was a chilly one, but it got me thinking about all of the exciting times ahead of us! I personally, am not a fan of the cold but I still love this time of year. There are so many things to look forward to and to be excited for! For me, I always look forward to Halloween, followed by my birthday, my friends’ and my mom’s birthday (I am a BIG birthday person), Thanksgiving, and my most favorite holiday: Christmas! I love Christmas and the whole holiday season, so it is no surprise that I chose a Christmas novel as my book for this project.

In continuation of this project, our next step was the create a poster that included “ULS” in some form and our quote from the novel that we chose. I decided to make my centerpiece of the poster a book and…

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