Category Archives: fear

May the Healing Continue

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” ~ Tori Amos   Today is a somber anniversary in Boston, MA. A year ago today two people decided to bomb … Continue reading

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Living in Two Worlds

“I have a foot here and a foot in some spirit world. There are many more layers to reality, and that permeates my life and my writing in a very natural way. I don’t even think about it.” ~ Isabel … Continue reading

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Words to Live By

Try to realize it’s all within yourself no one else can make you change, and to see you’re only very small and life flows on within you and without you.” ~ George Harrison Today would have been George Harrison’s 71st … Continue reading

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Seriously, there is no Box

“Let’s think out of the box!” ~ Every unoriginal thinker I’ve ever met Sorry to be so snarky about it, but whenever I ask students what they think English teachers want, I get four or five of the braver souls … Continue reading

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Holding Back from Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” ~ Rosa Parks Rosa Parks became an American hero because she knew what needed to … Continue reading

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The Courage of the Every Day

“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do.  There can be no courage unless you’re scared.”  ~Edward Rickenbacker Every day I am amazed by the simple acts of courage I see all around me. Students entering a classroom for the … Continue reading


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An Uncertain Future

“Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.” ~William Congreve A lot of people I know are living with fear these days, and Congreve is right, that … Continue reading

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Fight the Fear

“Fright, my young friend, may be the first serious enemy you have to face in our society. It’s the most destructive emotional bogeyman there is. Cold feet, panic, depression, and violence are all symptoms of fear—when it’s out of control. … Continue reading

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“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson and I have a strange relationship.  On the whole, he’s not a favorite … Continue reading

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Fighting the fear

The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then. ~~Thomas Carlyle I’m not so sure I agree with Carlyle. I’ve acted when afraid by just ignoring it. Conquer is … Continue reading

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