For many people, 2016 was a difficult, disheartening, even depressing year. We can look at many events in our world and think that things are going in a negative direction.
But Joseph Campbell had some words of wisdom about this for us. He said:
“The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives. ”
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This morning I had one of those simple but great human experiences. After doing my morning routine upstairs in my bedroom, I came downstairs and went into the kitchen to feed and water the cats. I was immediately struck by the wonderful smells of the delicious meal I had made last night. Not to brag, … More Which Do You Prefer? Reminicescents or Resoakroma?
Last year, I took my son to see the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC for the first time. To be honest, I’m not crazy about it. I get what they were trying to convey about him, but I think I would have made a different choice. Still, I believe it is … More Let’s Celebrate Dr. King With Hope Today
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Sir Winston Churchill (paraphrasing a similiar earlier quote by George Santayana). I am biased, because I am a literature teacher, but I would make a similar statement about studying literature. Those who don’t learn the great lessons from great literature at least open … More House Republicans Demonstrate the Dangers of Not Learning from Great Literature
OK, so this is January 2, so not officially New Year’s Day, but since it is the federal holiday for New Year’s Day, I’m figuring it still counts. Now, this is not to say I didn’t have a good ACTUAL New Year’s Day. Both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day focus around programs at … More My New Year’s Day Present
This is how I ended most days in 2022…trying to find a way to squeeze under the covers between the technology and the cats that consider my bed their territory and to pick up wherever I left off at one of the books I’m reading at the time (it’s rare that I’m only reading one … More My Favorite Books of 2022, Part 1: Mysteries
Having just watched the movie Elvis, this song kept running through my head this Christmas because it was true–we definitely had a blue Christmas this year. Not blue in an unhappy way, but in a physical way..like the color your skin turns when you are cold. Our power went out shortly after lunch on Christmas … More We Had a Blue, Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas…As Well as a Grinch, A Christmas Carol, and A Chrismas Story Christmas
It’s the time of year when people tend to look back and choose their favorites in media in the past 12 months. I haven’t seen that many movies this year; my husband and son don’t like to go to movies, and it gets hard to make arrangements with friends, and I’m usually not motivated to … More My Top 3 Movie Surprises of 2022
This post is a follow-up to my most recent previous post, my December 3 post entitled “This Thing Called Hope…or Are You A Sports Fan or a WordleBot?” If you haven’t read that post, please do so before reading this one in order to understand the foundations of what I will be discussing. Click HERE … More A Triumph For Hope
I woke up this morning to a suggested video on my phone, which was by one of the people that I find most interesting on this planet, John Green, but about a subject that I find one of the least interesting on the planet (to me), which is sports. But, as usual, John Green found … More This Thing Called Hope…or Are You A Sports Fan or a WordleBot?
Recently I wrote a post about my concerns about the current election process and how I found inspiration to counter my fears and doubts with hope (click here to read that post). One of my long-time readers and faithful commenters left a great comment that made me think about things a little deeper, and so … More An Educator’s Personal Perspective on the Big Divide