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!


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

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

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? 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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 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.

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.