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Such a prescient and important read: How We Think — John Dewey on cultivating the art of reflection and fruitful curiosity in an age of instant opinions and information overload. 

And yet we STILL discourage these practices in K-12 students.

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Such a prescient and important read: How We ThinkJohn Dewey on cultivating the art of reflection and fruitful curiosity in an age of instant opinions and information overload. 

And yet we STILL discourage these practices in K-12 students.

18 August 2014 ·

Oh to let it go - Rising up from the darkness

Like so many others, I suffer from depression, diagnosed in 1989. While I must habitually address the chemical imbalance in my body, I find I must also make the conscious choice to choose my happiness. For that reason, I embraced the #100daysofhappiness. And yet, I find that my 100 days linger on … I have not managed 100 consecutive days. Life intervenes— grieving lost loved ones, sharing others’ struggles, continually mulling over past errors, lingering too long at the tempting edge of darkness.

While walking this morning, iTunes shuffle brought me this gem:
Oh let us rise
Above the bones
Let us remember the memories
Filled with compassion
Not scarred by anger
No not blinded by the ashes of the past
My eyes have not seen it all
yet it in my soul I know
No conception is hidden
Let there be love


Mishka - “Above The Bones” Lyrics

18 August 2014 ·

newyorker:

A cartoon by Mike Twohy. Take a look at more cartoons from the magazine this week.

We have similarly themed works in our house!

newyorker:

A cartoon by Mike Twohy. Take a look at more cartoons from the magazine this week.

We have similarly themed works in our house!

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17 August 2014 ·

fashioninfographics:

How to tie the Ediety/Merovingian Tie Knot
Via

anotherbrilliantzinger - Try this one?

fashioninfographics:

How to tie the Ediety/Merovingian Tie Knot

Via

anotherbrilliantzinger - Try this one?

17 August 2014 ·

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor."

~ Henry David Thoreau

17 August 2014 ·

Haunting words: Mork discovers loneliness

Orson: The report, Mork.
Mork: This week I discovered a terrible disease called loneliness.
Orson: Do many people on Earth suffer from this disease?
Mork: Oh yes sir, and how they suffer. One man I know suffers so much he has to take a medication called bourbon. Even that doesn’t help very much because then he can hear paint dry.
Orson: Does bedrest help?
Mork: No because I’ve heard that sleeping alone is part of the problem. You see, Orson, loneliness is a disease of the spirit. People who have it think that no one cares about them.
Orson: Do you have any idea why?
Mork: Yes sir, you can count on me. You see, when children are young, they’re told not to talk to strangers. When they go to school, they’re told not to talk to the person next to them. Finally when they’re very old, they’re told not to talk to themselves, who’s left?
Orson: Are you saying Earthlings make each other lonely?
Mork: No sir, I’m saying just the opposite. They make themselves lonely – they’re so busy looking out for number one that there’s not enough room for two.
Orson: It’s too bad everybody down there can’t get together and find a cure.
Mork: Here’s the paradox, sir, because if they did get together, they wouldn’t need one.
Mork & Mindy: ‘In Mork We Trust’ (#1.21) (1979)
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15 August 2014 ·

"I’m sure most of you have heard the story of the man who, desperately ill, goes to an analyst and tells the doctor that he has lost his desire to live and that he is seriously considering suicide. The doctor listens to this tale of melancholia and then tells the patient that what he needs is a good belly laugh. He advises the unhappy man to go to the circus that night and spend the evening laughing at Grock, the world’s funniest clown. The doctor sums it up, ‘After you have seen Grock, I am sure you will be much happier.’ The patient rises to his feet, looks sadly at the doctor, turns and ambles to the door. As he starts to leave, the doctor says, ‘By the way what is your name?’ The man turns and regards the analyst with sorrowful eyes. ‘I am Grock.’"

~

Groucho Marx

From his book, Groucho and Me

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Whoa. Just whoa.

14 August 2014 ·

Squandered opportunities

Yesterday consisted of several trips from here to there, with little bursts of productivity in between the mini road trips. My creative brain hopped immediately into action tossing me idea after idea for blog posts, lesson plans, lines of poetry, DIY projects … I could barely keep up with the cacophony.

Now I sit staring at the screen, begging a single idea to bubble to the surface once again. Must be time to employ that bluetooth for more that just GPS. “Note to self…”

31 July 2014 ·

littlebrown:

bartlettsquotes:

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - J. K. Rowling

Happy Birthday, Harry!

littlebrown:

bartlettsquotes:

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - J. K. Rowling

Happy Birthday, Harry!

31 July 2014 ·

dell:

Wake up!

anotherbrilliantzinger

dell:

Wake up!

anotherbrilliantzinger

31 July 2014 ·

"It does not do to dwell on dreams, Harry, and forget to live."

~ J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone

31 July 2014 ·

explore-blog:

Stanley Kubrick, born on this day in 1928, on the meaning of life in a rare Playboy interview he gave when he was 30.

Great quote!

explore-blog:

Stanley Kubrick, born on this day in 1928, on the meaning of life in a rare Playboy interview he gave when he was 30.

Great quote!

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26 July 2014 ·

"To begin with, you need to write. This seems axiomatic because it is. The only way to amass a pile of words into a book is to shovel some every single day. No days off. You have to form this habit; without it you are screwed. I’m going to assume everyone who keeps reading already has this down. If you don’t — you won’t make it. My best advice on how to form this habit is twofold: Get comfortable staring at a blank screen and not writing. This is a skill. If you can not write and avoid filling that time with distractions, you’ll get to the point where you start writing. Open your manuscript and just be with it."

~ Note to self, and to @anotherbrilliantzinger

Hugh Howey, author of the famous Wool series, offers his advice to aspiring writers – a fine addition to our ongoing archive of writing advice.

For the ultimate resource, see the famous writers’ collected advice on writing. And for empirical evidence of this rain-or-shine approach to writing, see the daily routines of great authors

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24 July 2014 ·

"Much of Hamlet is about the precise kind of slippage the mourner experiences: the difference between being and seeming, the uncertainty about how the inner translates into the outer, the sense that one is expected to perform grief palatably. (If you don’t seem sad, people worry; but if you are grief-stricken, people flinch away from your pain.)"

~ Yet another reason to experience Hamlet.

Meghan O’Rourke on how Hamlet can helps us through grief and despair.

O’Rourke’s moving memoir of losing her mother is a must-read for anyone who has ever lost a loved one or ever will – which is just about all of us capable of love.

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23 July 2014 ·

Running  out of books to read? FREE FREE FREE downloads from Little Brown!
littlebrown:

Enjoy your summer with our free reading samplers! You can download a fiction AND a nonfiction sampler today and get samples of all of these LB titles, plus books from our friends at grandcentralpub and Twelve! We ❤️ free books! Download here. Running out of books to read? FREE FREE FREE downloads from Little Brown!

littlebrown:

Enjoy your summer with our free reading samplers! You can download a fiction AND a nonfiction sampler today and get samples of all of these LB titles, plus books from our friends at grandcentralpub and Twelve! We ❤️ free books! Download here.

23 July 2014 ·

About Me

Having completed my doctoral studies, I stand ready to see what's in store for this next phase of my life. I do know I must write more and about a wider range of subjects. So many things stir my passion: equality for all, lifelong learning, living right to live longer.

A troupe of wily characters also beckons me to tell their tales.

So here we go!