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Feb 04 2012

for Sunday nights

“That little bird has chosen his shelter. Above it are the stars and the deep heaven of worlds. Yet he is rocking himself to sleep without caring for tomorrow’s lodging, calmly clinging to his little twig, and leaving God to think for him.” – Martin Luther

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Jan 27 2012

quotes for Friday

Because I’m in a quote-y mood. And yes, that is a word. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” -Victor Hugo “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” -e.e. Cummings “Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day…

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Oct 09 2011

from this side of the summer

I was just reading over some of my old posts from January – June, and it was really bizarre.  I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how my life used to be before teaching, but this was one of those occasions. I remember being terrified of Institute.  Institute was not that bad. I…

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Sep 27 2011

story of my life

“Be not the slave of your own past — plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience, that shall explain and overlook the old.” -Emerson

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Sep 12 2011


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Sep 08 2011

story of my life

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  God is awake.”  -Victor Hugo

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Aug 19 2011

fourth day

Gnarly.  Sometimes that’s the best word for something.  I’ll write more later, but now I have a quote: “Faith can no longer mean sitting still and waiting—they must rise and follow him. The disciples had to burn their boats and plunge into absolute insecurity in order to learn the demand and gift of Christ.” –…

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Jul 26 2011


I just got back from Math Pilot Orientation, which I’ll write about when I have the energy.  But I do have quotes!  I love quotes, but I hate sappy cheesy quotes.  These are cheese-free. “While it is critical to understand the scope and magnitude of the crisis afflicting our nation’s children, it is important not…

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Jun 28 2011

seems appropriate.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who…

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"If one desires to 'stir up the world,' it is easy to be impatient with work for the sake of work. Yet no story's end can forsake its beginning and its middle." -Joshua Wolf Shank on Abraham Lincoln