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Try to keep the “Merry” in the holiday season

December 10, 2018

In the midst of the Holiday Season, the pace of life speeds up and the ubiquitous To Do List seems to expand by the second. The moments you take to pause, might just be part of the special moments you are all trying so hard to create for friends and family. My antidote to a speeded up world is to pause,  with a poem.

Kindness is often on my mind and particularly during the Holiday Season. I think of the words George Saunders spoke about kindness at his commences speech delivered to the graduates at Syracuse University, 2013 and it bears repeating.
What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.
Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.
Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?
Those who were kindest to you, I bet.
It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.

Pause and be kind to yourself and soak up the serenity and wisdom of 8 Matter of the Heart, Ed Young.

Take time for repose
it is the germ of creation

Take time to read
it is the foundation of wisdom

Take time to think
it is the source of strength

Take time to work
it is the path to patience and success

Take time to play
it is the secret of youth and constancy

Take time to be cheerful
it is the appreciation of life that brings happiness

….And I would add,

Take time to be kind
It is what makes the world a better place

 

Reading is one of the essential building blocks of cultivating a self.

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Storytelling plays a big role in the process of development and is not something that belongs in childhood, only to be left behind as we grow up.  As we tell stories about the lives of others, we learn how to imagine what another creature might feel in response to various events. At the same time, […]

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“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”

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Human beings were never born to read. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. Reading changed the brain and changed the way we think and feel. And now we are seeing how technology is transforming the brain and a question we are beginning to get some […]

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Conversations are how we connect with others

June 26, 2018

We know from extensive research that without continued reading in the summer, students fall back in their reading achievement. The good news is that the latest research shows students who read at least 4 books over the summer maintain or even increase their skills. Reading is a skill that improves each time we read to […]

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Prose talks and Poetry sings

May 19, 2018

I have the privilege to get to know people through reading with them I am always impressed and rewarded by the many ideas brought to me in our shared reading. Just recently I was introduced to a poem by a 6th grader—she made the connection of this poem to the many ideas embedded in the […]

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