inspiration

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” —Albert Einstein
“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.” —John Cage
“Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.” —Audre Lorde

 
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I’m inspired by and find joy in many things. Here are a few...

books

Curious by Ian Leslie
Salvador by Joan Didion
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
A hundred silences by Gabeba Baderoon
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
A Field Guide for Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
Things That Are by Amy Leach
Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
 
Punished By Rewards by Alfie Kohn
Children’s Minds by Margaret Donaldson
Gospel Choirs by Derrick Bell
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda
Experience and Education by John Dewey
Slow Looking by Shari Tishman
if you want to see a whale by Julie Fogliano + Erin Stead
“Joyas Voladoras” by Brian Doyle
All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant
Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard

creatures

octopus
sea turtle
snail
sloth
slug
 
bat
hadeda
worm
pigeon
ant
 
spider
dussie
Southern right whale
coral
owl

other

watching my cat watching birds
meditation
morning and evening change of light
watching young children write
 
 
being inside the process of writing
silence

 

 

doing things I’m not good at doing
talking about a new idea
cooking
new flowers in a vase

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“The temptation to do something faster, louder and flashier is one I don’t ever want to succumb to. People might look at it as vintage, but this has always been a program where the insides are much more important than the wrapping. Children’s attention can be grabbed by the wrapping, to be sure, but it’s the steady, trusting solid message that endures.” 

 

Fred Rogers