Thursday, September 9, 2021

Today's Quote: Ralph Waldo Emerson



The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Today's Quote: Serena Williams



A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.

~ Serena Williams


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Today's Quote: Hazrat Inayat Khan



Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.

~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Today's Quote: Franz Kafka



Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

~ Franz Kafka

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Today's Quote: Amy Krouse Rosenthal



If you want to know what you need to do in life, all you really need to do is pay attention to what you pay attention to.  

~ Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Today's Quote: Abraham Lincoln


Let them adopt the maxim, “Better luck next time”; and then, by renewed exertion, make that better luck for themselves.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Today's Quote: Robert Kiyosaki


The fear of being different prevents most people from seeking new ways to solve their problems.

~ Robert Kiyosaki

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Today's Quote: Amelia Earhart



The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

~ Amelia Earhart 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Today's Quote: Ralph Waldo Emerson



The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Today's Quote: Vincent van Gogh



Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

~ Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Today's Quote: Proverbial Wisdom



Rain beats down on the leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots.  

~ Ashanti proverb

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Call for Submissions

IMPERFECT II: poems about perspective for middle schoolers

Being human means losing perspective sometimes. We focus on the one negative comment instead of the ten positive ones. We think we're the only one who had something really embarrassing happen to us, or that we won't be able to get out from under a problem we're having. Just like an artist draws using perspective to show the larger picture, poetic perspective can help us have a balanced view.

History House Publishers is having an open call for submissions for IMPERFECT II which will end June 30th.

Possible topics:
Taking baby steps when you are overwhelmed
Not making a mountain out of a molehill
Feeling something good that happens (not minimizing it)
Not assuming it is about you
Not taking insults to heart
Finding the good
Being your own measuring stick (not comparing yourself to others)
Not blaming yourself for things you didn't have control over
Avoiding negative self-talk
Is it really a catastrophe?
Other perspective-related things...

Poems can be any form. Submit as many poems as you would like. Funny, serious, historical, dual language...we are looking for all different takes on the topics at hand for our middle school audience.

Please include your name, email address, and mailing address with your poem. Send your submission to by June 30th. A selection committee will blind-read the poems and acceptances will be sent out by September. Young poets can submit, with permission of their guardian. Poets will be paid $25 per poem and a paperback copy of IMPERFECT II.

Thank you for your support of this project! 


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Today's Quote: James Baldwin



Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

~ James Baldwin



Thursday, April 29, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Today's Quote: Wendell Berry

On Earth Day, and every day, be kind.  --DM




There is an uncanny resemblance between our behavior toward each other and our behavior toward the earth.

~ Wendell Berry

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Today's Quote: Winston Churchill



Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

~ Winston Churchill


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Today's Quote: Herbert Spencer



The ultimate result of shielding me from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

~  Herbert Spencer

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Today's Quote: Doris Lessing



Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.

~ Doris Lessing

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Today's Quote: Samuel Taylor Coleridge



No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Today's Quote: Dolly Parton



If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.

~ Dolly Parton

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Today's Quote: Fred Rogers



Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets.

~ Fred Rogers

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Today's Quote: Alan Alda



Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.

~ Alan Alda

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Today's Quote: Elizabeth Cady Stanton


The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. 
~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton