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Attitude Counts

“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” ~ W. Clement Stone One of the things I try to … Continue reading

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Excuses, Excuses

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” ~ George Washington Carver   First paper of the term was due today.  I collected some, but I actually collected more excuses than papers. Everyone … Continue reading

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Life’s Challenges

“Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars.” ~ Brian Tracy Challenges–’tis the season for them.  There’s the holiday hoopla that so many … Continue reading

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Don’t Listen to “Them”

“Don’t be ruled by other people’s low expectations of you.” ~ Jose Torres The thing I like best about this quote is that a student brought it up at the very beginning of class.  Granted, I had assigned the essay, … 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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Remember but Heal

“It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place… it’s when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.” ~David Hume From the building I teach in, I can see the construction of the new Freedom … Continue reading

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Back to Love

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”~Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote cheered me immeasurably today. I am feeling rather disappointed about my students. Today is the day I do final grades for a summer … Continue reading

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Teaching–Best and Hardest Gig Ever

“Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.”~Ann Richards Considering the woman was the governor of Texas, a state bigger than a number of countries, this is saying … Continue reading

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The Magic of Believing in Self

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I truly do know that believing in ourselves is one of the most powerful things out there. I’ve seen people blossom … Continue reading

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Are They Really Here?–Indigo Children, Pt. 2

Yesterday I started discussing my thoughts on Indigo children.  I asked a series of questions. Two I’d like to address today: Do Indigo children exist? Are they a real phenomenon or is it just another bit of New Age quackery … Continue reading

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