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! The cartoon is about playing Dungeons and Dragons, but I think it works just as well if you read about dragons too!

(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 book 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!

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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


I thought this video was very funny, and also very thought-provoking. Plus I really like the idea of going "tabless" every once in a while! James Hamblin is an editor at The Atlantic, and you can see his other articles there. His idea for "Tabless Thursday" got written up in Lifehacker: "Save up tasks for Thursdays that need intense focus. Tabless Thursday can be your day to intensely single-task and avoid multiple tabs in your browser. One tab, one task, one day a week. The other six days you can tab to your heart's delight."

by  James Hamblin for the Atlantic

And of course there is a lot of "too many tabs" humor: