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

Troublemakers by Carla Shalaby

Salvador by Joan Didion

Curious by Ian Leslie

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

The Unthethered Soul by Michael Singer


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