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