Winnie’s Wisdom

What better way to celebrate the birthday of author, A.A. Milne, than by relishing in the words of wisdom of his most famous character Winnie the Pooh.

Words about kindness, friendship, love, and life. IMG_5887

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?””

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

IMG_5885“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

IMG_5888“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”

“People who don’t think probably don’t have brains; rather, they have grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake.”

IMG_5886“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

“Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave.”

IMG_5889“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”



Make a Wish Upon a Star

Sitting outside watching for the twinkling lights, not of Christmas decorations, but rather the natural lights of the Geminid meteor shower didn’t result in the oohs and aahs I’d hoped for, but I can’t complain about the clear, star filled night sky.
And the time of quiet watching made me think about the stars and how others have described them.
“I am not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.” ~Sojourner Truth
“What is love? It is the morning and the evening star”. ~Sinclair Lewis
“Follow your own star!” ~Dante Alighieri
“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and stare.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” ~John Green


“Look at the stars. See their beauty. And in that beauty, see yourself.” ~Draya Mooney
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, but I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~Og Mandino

20 Fabulous Family Quotes

As we all gather for our traditional Family Weekend, quotes about family seem fitting.

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. ~Michael J. Fox

Families are like fudge — mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~ Unknown

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu

Family: where life begins and love never ends. ~Unknown

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces. ~George Santayana
If you don’t believe in ghosts, you’ve never been to a family reunion. ~Ashleigh Brilliant

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. ~Alex Haley
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. ~George Burns

The family — that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to. ~Dodie Smith

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family. ~Lee Iacocca
An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship. ~Spanish Proverb

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. ~Barbara Bush

One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.~Jonathan Safran Foer

Having a place to go — is a home. Having someone to love — is a family. Having both — is a blessing. ~Donna Hedges

A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss… That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all. ~Brad Pitt

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family.  ~Jim Butcher

In time of test, family is best. ~Burmese Proverb

The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions. ~Robert Brault

This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It’s knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work. ~Mitch Albom

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.~Mother Teresa

35 Quotes to Start the School Year

In August 1979, I walked through these doors at Osceola Middle School to begin my career as a teacher, and this is the place where my husband will complete his final year as an educator.

Much has changed in education during this time, but much is still the same. As we begin another year, let us be inspired, motivated, and entertained by the words of others about teaching and education…one quote for every year of my teaching career.


A child without education is like a bird without wings. ~Tibetan proverb

A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded. ~D. Martin

A mind when stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions. ~Author Unknown

The best way to predict your future is to create it. ~Abraham Lincoln

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. ~Albert Einstein

Modern cynics and skeptics…see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those whom they entrust their plumbing. ~John F. Kennedy

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe twenty years. ~Jacques Barzen

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. ~John Dewey

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. ~Socrates

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. ~Albert Einstein

IMG_2193A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplistic. ~Louis A. Berman

We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children. ~John Sculley

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.~William Arthur Ward

The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. ~Jean Piaget

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down the jungle but to water the desert. ~C.S. Lewis

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela

Discover wildlife: be a teacher! ~Author Unknown

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul. ~Joseph Addison

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. ~Confucius

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. ~John Cotton Dana

The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning. ~Author Unknown

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. ~George Washington Carver

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~Mark Van Doren


Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults. ~Abraham Lincoln

Once you master the art of facing a room full of teenagers and come out alive, you can do anything. ~Author Unknown

Everyone is in awe of a lion tamer in a cage with half a dozen lions. Everyone but a kindergarten teacher. ~Author Unknown

The secret in education lies in respecting the student. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you learn, teach. When you get, give. ~Maya Angelou

You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream. ~C.S. Lewis

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. ~Bill Gates

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. ~Josef Albers

Before any great things are accomplished, a memorable change must be made in the system of education…to raise the lower ranks of society nearer to the higher.  ~John Adams

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. ~Socrates

Don’t just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything! ~George Carlin

I am not a teacher, but an awakener. ~Robert Frost



In the Words of E.B. White

IMG_6369Friday, July 11th marks the birthday of one of my favorite authors, E.B. White. Born in 1899, his words both in the children’s books Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan as well as his writing for adults provide words of wisdom.

I wake every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.

Write about it by day. Dream about it by night.

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.

We should all do, what in the long run, gives us joy.

Dissecting humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies from it.

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than a whole one.

Life is like writing with a pen. You can cross out your past, but you can’t erase it.

One of the most time consuming things is to have an enemy.

Writing is both mask and unveiling.

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

I admire anyone who has the guts to write anything at all.

From Charlotte’s Web:

  • “Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
  • By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.
  • It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.

From The Trumpet of the Swan:

  • Safety is all well and good: I prefer freedom.

Perhaps you’d like to join me as I reread E.B. White’s children’s books or peruse a few of his essays.






Quotes of the Week

I can’t remember when I’ve heard or seen so many quotes that made my scramble for paper and pencil. I thought I’d share what I thought were the best quotes of the week.

From Danielle Belton, editor at large of Clutch Magazine, in an interview on the NPR program, Tell Me More, in response to the Beyonce interview with Oprah this week:

I always think if my parents had been more Joe Jackson like and instead of like giving me books and saying you’re going to go to college…wait…you can sing, and write, and dance. We’ll slap some tap shoes on you and you’re going to make us some money.

Maybe I’d be in her situation.

Major General John Borling, author of Taps on the Wall: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton when asked by Bob Edwards about how he and the other prisoners of war coped with their situation:

Some of the guys were pessimists. They thought we were going to be killed and that they wouldn’t return our bodies to our families; but some of us were optimists. We thought they’d return our bodies after they killed us.

When I heard this quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte on the radio this week, it reminded me of how much I want those crazy badges on the Lose It app. You’d think losing the weight would be enough:

A person will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

On the sign in front of First United Methodist Church of Ocala:

Practice Random Acts of Love

A quote from the song Better Together by Jack Johnson spoken by the groom in a wedding video I saw online:

Love is the answer to most of the questions in my heart.