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♡ A kiss

Autumn Kiss by Tina Tarnoff @ Etsy

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

Ingrid Bergman, actress

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I ♥ teachers

(Under a Blue Sky @ Etsy)

What Teachers Make, (or You Can Always Go to Law School If Things Don’t Work Out)

by Taylor Mali (slam poet) 

He says the problem with teachers is, “What’s a kid going to learn

from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?

He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s true what they say about

teachers:  Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

 

I decide to bite my tongue instead of his

and resist the temptation to remind the dinner guests

that it’s also true what they say about lawyers.

 

Because we’re eating, after all, and this is polite company.

 

I mean, you’re a teacher, Taylor,” he says.

Be honest. What do you make?”

 

And I wish he hadn’t done that

(asked me to be honest)

because, you see, I have a policy

about honesty and ass-kicking:

if you ask for it, I have to let you have it.

 

You want to know what I make?

 

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional medal of honor

and an A- feel like a slap in the face.

How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best.

You want to know what I make? 

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall

in absolute silence.

No, you may not work in groups.

No, you may not ask a question, so put your hand down. 

Why won’t I let you go to the bathroom?

Because you’re bored, that’s why.

You don’t really have to go, do you?


You want to know what I make?

I make parents tremble in fear when I call home at around dinner time:

I hope I haven’t called at a bad time,

I just wanted to talk to you about something your son said today.

He said, “Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don’t you?”

And it was the noblest act of courage I have ever seen.”

 

I make parents see their children for who they are

and what they can be.

 

You want to know what I make?

 

I make kids wonder,

I make them question.

I make them criticize.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them write, write, write.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely

beautiful over and over and over again until they will never misspell

either one of those words again.

I make them show all their work in math.

And then hide it on their final drafts in English.


I make them understand that if you got this (brains)

then you follow this (heart) and if someone ever tries to judge you

by what you make, you give them this (the finger).

 

Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:

I make a goddamn difference! What about you?

 

– hear Taylor Mali perform this slam poem, under the cut 

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♡ Let anger go

Autumn Fire… by Ching Levy Studio @ Etsy

 

Holding on to anger  

is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;

you are the one who gets burned.

Buddha

 

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I only drink coffee once a day.  That’ll be first thing in the morning. That’s it. Just that once. I brew organic and fair-trade coffee grounds and drink it with a touch of agave and unsweetened almond-milk.  Unless…I have a headache, in which case I have coffee with sugar (*gasp*) with my aspirin because that’s the only combo that seems to work for me. When I feel wonky I may indulge in another coffee…but that is rare.  Haha, and I love the tee shirt (above) so much! 

It’s $20 @ Rumplo, a fantabulous tee shirt site where you can find creative tees that are cool without being tacky (although you’ll find some of those too). Under the cut, I’ve picked some favorites:

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( Pouch by Brave Moonman @ Etsy)

 
HE:  Will someone please call a surgeon, who can crack my ribs and repair this broken heart that you’re deserting for better company?  I can’t accept that it’s over, and I will block the door like a goalie tending the net in the third quarter of a tied-game rivalry, so just say how to make it right and I swear I’ll do my best to comply.   Tell me am I right to think that there could be nothing better than making you my bride and slowly growing old together? 

SHE:  I feel I must interject here.  You’re getting carried away, feeling sorry for yourself with these revisions and gaps in history, so let me help you remember.  I’ve made charts and graphs that should finally make it clear.  I’ve prepared a lecture on why I have to leave, so please back away and let me go…

HE:  I can’t my darling, I love you so.  Tell me am I right to think that there could be nothing better than making you my bride and slowly growing old together? 

SHE:  Don’t you feed me lines about some idealistic future.  Your heart won’t heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures…

HE:  I admit that I have made mistakes and I swear I’ll never wrong you again…

SHE:   You’ve got a lure I can’t deny, but you’ve had your chance, so say goodbye, say goodbye…

(Listen to the song after the cut)

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♡ Be thankful every day

Persimmon & Pink @ Etsy)

 

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

 

Be thankful when you don’t know something,

for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

 

Be thankfufor the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

 

Be thankful for your limitations,

because they give you opportunities for improvement.

 

Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons.

 

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,

because it means you’ve made a difference.

 

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those

who are also thankful for the setbacks.


 Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,

and they can become your blessings.

  – Author Unknown

(sourced here

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♡ Living vs. Surviving

(Raphaella Vaisseau @ Etsy)

Surviving means you are

Living means you are

…settling         

…doubting yourself 

…doing things because you think you have to, need to, or should

…waking up and dreading the next 24 hours

hoping someone will take you away from all of this

…complaining

…worrying for no reason at all

…giving up on yourself before you ever try

protecting yourself from being hurt

…having a ton of good excuses why your life is the way it is and having the evidence to prove it

not asking for support when you need it

…holding a grudge

spending money you don’t have on things you don’t need

…comparing yourself to anyone and everyone

being unwilling to love first

…not speaking up when you feel ignored, unimportant, or undervalued

putting your needs last

…having friends that are more like enemies

never allowing anyone really to get to know you

…waiting for something—anything—to change

manipulating others to get your way

…holding it all together even though you feel as though you’re falling

listening to fear when it tells you this is all you’re allowed to have and believing it

…priding yourself for not crying

saying things you regret because you feel other people deserve it

…not admitting there could be two sides to the story when your relationship doesn’t work out

giving your opinion to people who haven’t asked for it

…seeing losing as bad

wishing things could be different but doing nothing to change the status quo

…calling yourself stupid

denying your creativity

…saying no when you mean no         

…being grateful for the good in your life 

smiling out of the blue

…saving someone in your life whom you’re blessed to call your friend

never holding a grudge

…giving yourself a break

doing your best and praising yourself for all of your efforts

…dancing down the hallway

 …being willing to fall in love without a guarantee that you won’t get hurt

…wearing your favorite shirt for no reason at all

 …singing in the car even though you are tone deaf

…anticipating that everything will work out

 …being someone’s confidante

…giving up your worry list

 …telling yourself you can do it when fear makes you think you can’t

…asking the people in your life to help you through a difficult time and telling them how to do that

 …crying because you need to

…standing up for what you want in life without walking over anyone

 …living with an attitude that there is enough to go around

…waking up just happy to be alive

 …being willing to be wrong

…learning something you’ve always wanted to learn

 …giving your time to a service organization because you care

…trusting yourself

…saving up your money for that frivolous item you’ve been yearning for

…acting as if people like you

…taking steps toward your vision

…saying yes to you

 

(Source: Rhonda Britten)

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