Joyland -Stephen King
February 28, 2015, 2:54 pm
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“It’s hard to let go. Even when what you’re holding onto is full of thorns, it’s hard to let go. Maybe especially then.” 



And Soul -Eavan Boland
February 28, 2015, 2:33 pm
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My mother died one summer—
the wettest in the records of the state.
Crops rotted in the west.
Checked tablecloths dissolved in back gardens.
Empty deck chairs collected rain.
As I took my way to her
through traffic, through lilacs dripping blackly
behind houses
and on curbsides, to pay her
the last tribute of a daughter, I thought of something
I remembered
I heard once, that the body is, or is
said to be, almost all
water and as I turned southward, that ours is
a city of it,
one in which
every single day the elements begin
a journey towards each other that will never,
given our weather,
       the ocean visible in the edges cut by it,
cloud color reaching into air,
the Liffey storing one and summoning the other,
salt greeting the lack of it at the North Wall and,
as if that wasn’t enough, all of it
ending up almost every evening
inside our speech—
coast canal ocean river stream and now
mother and I drove on and although
the mind is unreliable in grief, at
the next cloudburst it almost seemed
they could be shades of each other,
the way the body is
of every one of them and now
they were on the move again—fog into mist,
mist into sea spray and both into the oily glaze
that lay on the railings of
the house she was dying in
as I went inside.

February 24, 2015, 7:29 pm
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My primary relationship is with myself- all others are mirrors of it. As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others. If I am committed to myself and to living my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment. My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.

As I learn to love myself, I receive the love I desire from others.

loved this little tidbit in my mailbox today
February 24, 2015, 6:50 pm
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“We all know that our students love praise.  One of the best techniques I have used in my classroom is when I have student “A” who is not following instructions, so I praise student “B” who is following instructions.  All of a sudden student “A” straightens up in her seat and begins working.  Praise is one of the most powerful classroom management tools I have ever used.

I have learned now that I must be aware of the type of praise I am giving my students.  The most common praise children receive is intelligence praise: “Wow, that’s a really good score.  You must be smart at this.”  For decades people have been praising children for being smart in hopes to boost confidence.
What is being found, however, is that when we praise a child for being smart it sets an expectation that the child must always prove to be smart in order to receive praise.  Our children may begin focusing on the grade and being smart instead of the actual learning.  They may be more apt to not accept challenges or persevere in solving them because they risk failing.  They feel that they must always get things right in order to be smart.   This is a fixed mindset.
Rather than intelligence, we should be praising our students for their effort: “Wow, that’s a really good score.  You must have tried really hard.”  The child realizes that he or she is being praised for working hard and is likely to be more accepting of tasks that make him or her work hard again.  This does not happen overnight, but with consistent effort praise, studies have shown that children will naturally begin focusing on how hard they are trying and actually begin to love the challenges that make them try hard.  This is the growth mindset.”

Compass -Zella Day
February 17, 2015, 8:12 pm
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me, turning 31
February 16, 2015, 8:15 am
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i know; the cigarette is gross. but it was my birthday. i’m allowed.

notes ❤️
February 13, 2015, 11:57 am
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