August 31, 2016 (244/366)
synonyms: fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, modish, up to date, up-to-the-minute, all the rage, du jour, trendy, with it, customary, standard, conventional, normal, orthodox, usual, comme il faut; compulsory, necessary, essential;
As educators scramble to set up classrooms while students decorate lockers and unwrap new school supplies (Don't you just love new notebooks, pencils, markers, etc.?!), I am inspired by Charles Schulz's creative space in Santa Rosa, California. "Sparky" surrounded himself not only with the necessary tools to do his work but also with photos of his travels and family, with words of inspiration and notes of gratitude, and a not-so-subtle reminder that « Ici, le sourire est de rigueur! » -- "Here a smile is fashionable." What a great reminder as a new school year begins to greet people and challenges with a welcoming gesture and a positive attitude.
August 25, 2016 (238/366)
"Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think..." ~ Robert M. Hutchins
The sun is quickly setting on the summer of 2016. As of today, my colleagues are back in school, learning and preparing for the arrival of students on September 1st. It is both daunting and invigorating to plan for what's on the horizon as another school year begins. Here's to a year of wonder and adventure, of balancing challenging conditions and smooth sailing while keeping an even keel.
August 20, 2016 (233/366)
"Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where Faerie folk may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Good Night."
~ Elizabeth T. Dillingham, A Faery Song
[Whimsical fairy gardens are quite popular in craft stores and on Pinterest these days.
Yet it's much more fun to discover a perfect, natural abode for a tiny sprite
and to imagine that she's lurking somewhere just out of sight!]
August 19, 2016 (232/366)
"If people concentrated on the really important things in life,
there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." ~ Doug Larson
It's my own tradition, my own personal holiday. Each summer right before school starts, I take one day to do whatever I want to do, in fact, to do nothing -- dolce far niente. Today's the day that I hang out my virtual "Gone Fishin'" sign.
August 3, 2016 (216/366)
"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." ~ Henry David Thoreau
Nearly every morning this summer, Piper and I have taken a long stroll through the woods and gardens in our yard. Most days, we immediately notice the need for more digging, weeding, and planting; so we abandon our walk and get right to work. Other days, like this morning, we revel in the dampness of grass, the cool breeze, the fragrance of roses and phlox, and the sunlight dancing on the leaves.
Summer is winding down and soon I'll be back in school.
I think it's mornings like this that I'll miss the most.
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