Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Small acts of kindness and love

Here is a fuller version of Gandalf's words (from J. R. R. Tolkien): “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rights of the Reader

I hope that the "Rights of the Reader" by Daniel Pennac as illustrated by Quentin Blake can inspire some great reading adventures in this class! You can read a book review at the Guardian online.

1. The right not to read.
2. The right to skip.
3. The right not to finish a book.
4. The right to read it again.
5. The right to read anything.
6. The right to mistake a book for real life.
7. The right to read anywhere.
8. The right to dip in.
9. The right to read out loud.
10. The right to be quiet.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tomorrow's Pages

Since I like to write, that means I also like the metaphor of "the book of life" ... with pages that you have not yet written. Let them be happy pages!

You can't rewrite yesterday's pages,
but tomorrow's are blank,
and you have the pen . . .
. . . so, write something good.

Here's the graphic I saw at Twitter that inspired me; the image is from Wikimedia.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Books We Leave Behind

This is a truly beautiful reflection on life, and a life of reading:

How I mourned my sister through the books she left behind... but in Emily's library, I also saw a life well lived by Tom Rachman (Washington Post; you can get a free .edu subscription)

Here's a quote from the article to give you a sense of what it is like:
I kept about 250 volumes. The books sat on the floor behind me in my study, piled where my girlfriend and I had spent two afternoons writing “Emily Rachman” in the front of each, to ensure that they never just dissolve into my collection. Months passed before I could alphabetize hers among mine. My study remained impassable with Emily’s books. I devoted myself exclusively to reading as many as I could — an imagined dialogue, as happens whenever books are borrowed, one reader hearing the perceptions of who preceded. [...] When I left her apartment, the built-in bookshelves were empty but for the dust. What, I wonder, have the new owners placed there? Books? Something else altogether? They’ll never know the jubilation those shelves once brought to a young woman.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

What you should focus on

Things that matter and things that you can control: where they overlap is what you should focus on. And if you want to make a Venn diagram of your own, there are lots of Venn-diagram-makers. :-)

Things that matter.
Things you can control.
The intersection: what you should focus on.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Reader's Alphabet

The Reader's Alphabet is by Hemant Anant Jain; find out more: Reader's Alphabet. Click for a full-size view. Each item in the alphabet has a description that goes with it, so if there is one you are not familiar with, you can read about it on the poster. Do you have a favorite? I think mine would be... Zaphod Beeblebrox, from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. :-)

A is for Alice, B is for Brer Rabbit, C is for Charlie Brown, D is for Dracula, E is for Eeyore, F is for Frankenstein's Monster, G is for Gandalf, H is for Hamlet, I is for Ignatius Reilly, J is for Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, K is for Krazy Kat, L is for Lucifer, M is for Matilda, N is for Captain Nemo, O is for Othello, P is for Pinocchio, R is for Robin Hood, S is for Sherlock Holmes, T is for Tom Sawyer, U is for Uncle Tom, V is for Voldemort, W is for Whiskey Priest, X is for Xanthus, Y is for Yossarian, Z is for Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Time You Have (In Jelly Beans)

When I've shared this video with people, I've seen a range of reactions from enthusiasm to anxiety. So, take a few minutes to watch the video, see how it makes you feel, and then take a step back from your feelings to see what you can learn about yourself based on the way you find yourself reacting to the video. You can also find some supplementary materials at the TED-Ed page.

A Field Guide to Procrastinators

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:


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

Monday, July 17, 2017

R.E.A.D. Resist - Empathize - Act - Discuss

As you can tell from the name of this blog (H.E.A.R.T.), I am a fan of acronyms as a form of creative expression, so of course I like this sign from outside the Harvard Bookstore:

R.E.A.D. Resist - Empathize - Act - Discuss

Stages of Procrastination

This fun procrastination cartoon is from chibird.tumblr.com. My biggest problem is making excuses... because there are always plenty of good excuses! :-)

Choose to be optimistic; it feels better.

You can see more of Molly Hahn's beautiful "Buddha Doodles" at her website, and she also has a series of books (including a Kindle book) at Amazon.

The quote is: Choose to be optimistic; it feels better. Dalai Lama XIV

You will see this quote all over the Internet; I don't have a specific source for it... but it sounds like the Dalai Lama! You can find out more about Tenzin Gyatso (the 14th Dalai Lama) at Wikipedia, and you can find more quotes from the Dalai Lama at Wikiquote.

Be kind.

This is one of the lovely graphics from BuddhaDoodle.com.

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

Life is like a Camera

Here is another great one from Sylvia Duckworth! It has some good growth mindset advice (develop from the negatives and, if things don't work out, take another shot), plus some good attention advice (focus on what's important) and happiness advice too (capture the good times).

Improve Your Sleep

This is a fantastic article about sleep... not just for teachers! See the infographic below for a summary, and read the article for details about each item: 10 proven ways teachers can improve their sleep.

find your optimal bedtime
get into a routine
beware of cold feet
embrace the darkness
lose the laptop
use the 90-minute rule
avoid caffeine before bedtim
exercise in the morning
de-clutter your bedroom
try a bit of meditation

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Odysseus and Facebook

Here's a good one from Shoebox: in the ancient world, they were called Sirens; today... Facebook. You can read about the legend of Odysseus and the Sirens at Wikipedia, and, yes, this is where the modern English word "sirens" comes from!

Coffee Flowchart

And here's another one for the coffee files:

Half-Full or Half-Empty

Here's another fun one from the Grammarly blog! Remember that proverbial glass of water, half-full or half-empty? Well...


I found this fun cartoon from Jeff Stahler at Amanda Patterson's Pinterest Board:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Losing Yourself, Finding Yourself

Here's a beautiful graphic about reading: this is true for the stories you read, and for the stories you write too!

We lose ourselves in books;
we find ourselves there too.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Unplug for a few minutes

Good advice from the writer Anne Lamott; more quotes here: Wikiquote.

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes... including you.

If you look online, you will find that many people have made graphics for this one. Here are just a few:

The best weapons in the universe.

As a firm believer in the power of words, and especially in the power of words-in-books, I agree with the sentiment in this meme:

The best weapons in the universe.

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: it uses the metaphor of reading books to illustrate happiness in real life!

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.

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 TinyBuddha.com.

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 found this TeamWorkArts.com 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.

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

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 notsalmon.com)

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.