Saturday, April 22, 2017

When in doubt, go to the library!

Of course I really like this graphic:

When in doubt, go to the library!

Why is it so hard to stop surfing the Internet?

I love Google... but it can be dangerous. Especially late at night.

Holy crap! Look how late it is! Why do I always do this? Why is it so hard to stop surfing the Internet and just go to bed? 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Yoga for Book Lovers

You can find out more at Quirk Books.

1 Squatting Librarian
2 Standing Bookbend
3 Oxford Comma
4 Downward Pageview
5 Middle Shelf
6 Tangled Plot
7 Standing Footnote
8 Standing Blurb
9 Table of Contents
10 Dangling Participle
11 Final Chapter
12 Sleeping Editor

Do It Anyway

This beautiful graphic comes from Contessa.Rocks.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends, and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spent years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Given the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the end, it's between you and mirror. It was never between you and them anyway.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Reading is Magic

The words come from the astronomer Carl Sagan, who was also a great writer; here is an extended quote as reported in BrainPickings:
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

(the image is from Pixabay)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Brand-New Week

Here is some advice for Monday:

Guess what? You have a brand-new week ahead of you to slay dragons, achieve goals, sweat more, gripe less, and ditch the fear! Go!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from a Book

This great graphic comes from @IntrovertDoodle:

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from a Book
Things usually turn out okay in the end. If not... there's probably a sequel.
It's bood to be different. Be weird. Be complex. Be anything but trite.
All the best characters are flawed. You are NOT a failure.
When things go wrong, hang in there. It's just a plot twist.

Be kind.

This is one of the lovely graphics from

Be kind;
everyone you meet
is fighting a hard battle.

Fire-Breathing Dragon

You are probably familiar with the much-repeated quotation often attributed to Gandhi (but probably not by Gandhi): Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

So, I saw this great graphic at Twitter: I was going to post that Neil-Gaiman-paraphrasing-G.K.-Chesterton quote about fairy tales teaching us that dragons can be beaten, which I like - but thinking fighting dragons always makes me kind of want to be the dragon. So how's this for 2017: BE THE FIRE-BREATHING DRAGON YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

And that inspired me to make a graphic of my own:

If you had $86,400...

I really like this graphic from

If you had $86,400 in your account and someone stole $10 from you, would you be upset and throw all of the remaining $86,390 away in hopes of getting back at the person who took your $10? Or move on and live? Right, move on and live. See, we have 86,400 seconds each day. Don't let someone's negative 10 seconds ruin the remaining 86,390. Don't sweat the small stuff; life is bigger than that.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Within your heart peace is possible.

Since this is the "Learning by H.E.A.R.T. blog" I knew that I wanted to include this quote from the Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. You can find out more at his website.

No matter where you are
and what you face,
within your heart
peace is possible.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Empathy: Getting Used to One Another

I am urging that we should learn about people in other places, take an interest in their civilizations, their arguments, their errors, their achievements, not because that will bring us to agreement, but because it will help us get used to one another. 
— Kwame Anthony Appiah

I found this graphic at Twitter. Kwame Anthony Appiah, born in London, grew up in Ghana, and is now a professor of philosophy at NYU. You can read more at Wikipedia.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Points of View

I am such a fan of Jack Kornfield (you can find out more at his website), and I really like the visual image that goes with the quote. :-)

Whatever point of view you have, there's another.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Extraterrestrial Procrastination

I think it's reasonable to imagine that even alien species have procrastination problems too! The cartoon is by Dave Coverly of Speedbump:

Grant Snider: Interior Life

Another genius cartoon from Grant Snider: Interior Life. I though this would be a good cartoon to share for ATTENTION.

My brain could use some tidying up.
I clear mental clutter, adjust my receptivity to social signals, collect hidden thoughts and sweep away distraction.
I cast out negative spirits, strengthen my focus, keep my ego in check, and uncloud my perception. I stay full open to new ideas, and all that stuff that's been cluttering my mind — I'll deal with it eventually.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Start Today

I saw this graphic go by at Twitter:

A year from now... you will be glad you started today.

And I liked this one too! Plus, when it is a Leap Year, you get 366 days.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Constant Change

Let the New Year be a year of change... of good change!

Everything on this planet is in a state of constant change. You're not an exception. EMBRACE CHANGE. — Karen Salmansohn

(graphic from

Monday, March 20, 2017

Reading Day

Let's be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week
that is devoted exclusively to reading. 

I've seen this quote attributed to Lena Dunham, but I don't have a source for that. The picture shows the Science Library of Upper Lusatia in Görlitz, Germany.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Reading Time

I really like this sign from KaleidoBooks in Australia (Perth):

All this "reality" is really cutting into my reading time.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wonderful Day

I've seen this attributed to Maya Angelou, but I am not sure if that is true or not. The image is from Pixabay.

This is a wonderful day;
I have never seen this one before.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The World of Tomorrow

Adapted from:

What the world of tomorrow will be like is greatly dependent on the power of imagination in those who are learning to read today.
Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking

Sunday, March 5, 2017


Some BEAUTIFUL posters by Maurice Sendak about the joys of reading, from Maria Popova's Brain Pickings:



Procrastination Humor

Everybody struggles with procrastination! The word is from the Latin cras, which means "tomorrow" - and of course tomorrow never comes. It is always today already, and there is always . . . tomorrow. I'm not sure I really have any good advice for coping with procrastination, but I figure humor is always a good way to get started. It's better than despair! So below you will find some procrastination humor! Enjoy!

Click here for a full-size view of Sylvia Liu's flowchart... and you can find many more delights at her blog: SylviaLiuLand.

And here is a great comic from twentypixels: A Field Guide to Procrastinators - click here for full-size image, and here is a link to more 20pixels comics.I created an animated GIF that goes through the items one by one:

And here is the poster:

Finally, here is a cartoon by one of my favorite cartoonists, Dan Piraro a.k.a. Bizarro:

What you should focus on

Things that matter and things that you can control: where they overlap is what you should focus on.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Make your weird light shine bright

A friend of mine shared this graphic at Google+, and I thought it was a fantastic message. This is what the Internet is for, right? Right!

Make your weird light shine bright
so the other weirdos know where to find you.

Whatever... I'm late anyway.

What a great clock!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

When people stop reading

For the reading files:

The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. Ray Bradbury.

Resource: Role-Playing

As you may have guessed from the emphasis on creative writing in these classes, I am a fan of role-playing. After all, in a story you can be anyone... or anything. This cartoon shows why this is a very valuable life skill to master! :-)

(Cartoon by Brian Gordon)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Reading is Dangerous

Grant Snider is an ingenious artist, and he has created many posters inspired by reading and writing. I really like this poster about the dangers of reading, especially the part about proofreading of course, ha ha. For the full-size view, see Grant Snider's blog: Reading Is Dangerous. His work is also available in poster-size to put on your wall!

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Some good advice from the world of computing:

Just three keys that are found on your computer to enjoy life:
CTRL control yourself
ALT look for alternative solutions
DEL delete situations that give you tension and negative energy

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Empathy: The Human Connection

I thought this was a wonderful video! Find out more about the video here: An Empathy Video That Asks You To Stand in Someone Else's Shoes.

"Patient care is more than just healing -- it's building a connection that encompasses mind, body and soul. If you could stand in someone else's shoes . . . hear what they hear. See what they see. Feel what they feel. Would you treat them differently?"

You can find out more about the Cleveland Clinic at their website:

Pause Button

It's important to know where the pause button is on your self-control. The graphic is from Lori Deschesne, founder of the website.

Practice the pause. Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you're about to react harshly and you'll avoid doing and saying things you'll later regret.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


You can do anything,
but not everything.

The photo is by Richard Giles at Flickr. I was inspired by this quote from Kenna Griffin:

Monday, February 13, 2017


I saw this quote about libraries, so I decided to illustrate it with a picture of the Great Reading Room in Bizzell.

Here is a more complete version of the quoteLibraries are reservoirs of strength, grace, and wit, reminders of order, calm, and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep, and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still, and absorbed. – Germaine Greer

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Caffeine Causality Loop

As the semester gets busier and busier, beware the Caffeine Causality Loop! (The cartoon is by John Atkinson who blogs at WrongHands.)

Friday, February 10, 2017


Here is some great advice from! Be a friend to yourself... and use friendly self-talk!

You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head. Be kind to yourself.

Monday, February 6, 2017

So many books

A friend of mine shared this lovely meme at Google+ ... isn't it great? I know that feeling!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Every books is a TARDIS

I know I am not the only fan of Doctor Who in this class... and I know I'm not the only bookworm! And of course the TARDIS has its own article at Wikipedia.

Innocuous on the outside, bigger on the inside, able to transport you through time and space... OH MY GOD... Every book is a TARDIS!

The Joy of Tech-Meditation

From the Joy of Tech by Nitrozac and Snaggy (Liza Schmalcel and Bruce Evans). I like this techno approach to meditation! In your mind's browser, clear your cache... now delete your history... now navigate to a blank web page.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.

I thought this was a great graphic about the power of reading, and for a great article about reading as a skill for lifelong learning, see: How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading by Holly Korbey.

Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.