Books for her 7th birthday

Our daughter will soon be seven-years-old; and this is only the second year that she's made any requests to us regarding birthday presents. Last year, for her 6th birthday, she asked us to gift her Disney princess dolls, which we ordered online. I wasn't entirely thrilled with that choice, but it was a totally reasonable… Continue reading Books for her 7th birthday

So the darkness shall be the light…

All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.-John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.-Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) A man must dream a long time in order to act with… Continue reading So the darkness shall be the light…

In the total darkness, poetry is still…

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.-Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.- Jean Paul (1763 – 1825) Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing… Continue reading In the total darkness, poetry is still…

No good response to ‘faith’ poetry

Poetry Partners Writing creatively online is lovely, an entirely different experience than writing privately for one's self. There is, of course, the encouraging and helpful feedback we receive from fellow writers online, as well as the inspiration and exposure to new concepts we derive from reading their works. These are priceless. Beyond these benefits, I… Continue reading No good response to ‘faith’ poetry

The sole purpose of human existence…

Give light and people will find the way.-Ella Baker (1903 – 1986) Thus shadow owes its birth to light.-John Gay (1685 – 1732) We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.-Socrates (470–399 BCE) Light travels faster than sound.… Continue reading The sole purpose of human existence…

Poor advice from a 1st grade teacher

Our first-ever parent-teacher conference Last week, we had our first parent-teacher conference with our 1st grade daughter's teacher. It was uplifting. Her teacher told us that our child is wonderful that she wishes she had a classroom of thirty children just like her. To be entirely honest, we weren't surprised by her feedback, but it… Continue reading Poor advice from a 1st grade teacher

Every great inspiration is but an experiment…

In life you need either inspiration or desperation.-Tony Robbins (b. 1960) Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.-Christian Nestell Bovee (1820 – 1904) Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.-Vincent van Gogh (1853… Continue reading Every great inspiration is but an experiment…

Perhaps it arises from desperation…

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.-Jack London (1876 – 1916) Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.-Brad Henry (b. 1963) Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you're… Continue reading Perhaps it arises from desperation…