Thursday, January 19, 2017

Be Brave for Education

From a discussion with someone at Google+ today, I learned a new word: didaskaleinophobia, which is the fear of school. Growth mindset is a good way to confront the fears that can stand in your way, including those little fears —what if I make a mistake? what if I look foolish? what if I just don't get it? — that do not merit the label "phobia" ... and if you need a bravery boost, just watch this video: Be Brave for Education. For the lyrics, see the Sara Bareilles - Brave page at

You can find out more about the Montessori teachers who made this video at their website:

Beginnings and Endings

I saw this quote from the Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield at Twitter, and I combined it with this image of a Buddha from Pixabay. You can find out more about Jack Kornfield at Wikipedia.

Everything that has a beginning has an ending.
Make your peace with that and all will be well.
― Jack Kornfield

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What makes a book good

Most of what makes a book "good" is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.
— Alain de Botton (Twitter)

Photo by Valerie Everett.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Clutter and the Apocalypse

The brilliant Tom Gauld is at it again, this time pondering what "de-cluttering" would mean in a post-apocalyptic world:

by Tom Gauld (New Yorker, January 2017)

Here's just one of the brilliant cartoons that tell the story; see the whole series at the New Yorker online:

If an item does not spark joy, thank it and send it on its way. But do so very quietly, so as not to attract the attention of the monstrous things beneath the earth.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Advice from a Tree.

This graphic appears to be adapted from a poem by Ilan Shamir: Advice from a Tree. If you like the graphic, take a look at the poem: it has even more advice.

Advice From a Tree:
Stand Tall and Proud
Go Out on a Limb
Remember Your Roots
Drink Plenty of Water
Be Content With Your Natural Beauty
Enjoy the View

Friday, January 6, 2017

Slow: Three Seconds

I thought this was a great animated gif to help you ponder the power of slooooow breathing: blue is breathe in... green is breathe out...

Sunday, January 1, 2017


The words are adapted from a quote by the actress Cicely Tyson: "Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch - what make you go beyond the norm."

Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make you stretch... what make you go beyond the norm.