Meme: Passion Quilt

“In our youth our hearts were touched with fire” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.) What are you passionate about?  That’s the key to the “passion quilt meme.”   The idea is to pick a photo from Flickr (or take a photo) that reflects what you feel passionately about regarding your students. At a recent Austin citywide art event, First Night, attendees were given chalk to decorate the First Street bridge.  While walking across it, I ran across this image, sketched in chalk there.   It captured me because […]

A gift for the world

    ”My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ~ Bob Hope We’ve decided to give our own children a gift for others this year.  How about a flock of ducks, a child’s health, a tree to prevent erosion,  a shelter for a child, or a child’s first book? A few places to consider giving a gift of love: Heifer Project Mercy Corps The GreenBelt […]

Love your library enough to make a YouTube video?

Create a 30 second to 2 minute creative video  “professing a deep, abiding love of libraries, librarians and those who depend on them”  and enter to win $10,000 in Thomson Gale’s “I love my library” contest.   Students, teachers, public library patrons and librarians can participate! Videos will be uploaded to a YouTube group (Librareo)and the five finalists will be up for a vote in June.  More details on how to enter here (click past the opening screen) and here at School Library Journal — the deadline is […]

Web 2.0 display

A followup on our library displays for National Library week–following a web 2.0 philosophy, we set up a blank table in the library during National Library week and asked students to contribute their favorite books to the table along with writing their recommendation of the books.  Here are a few photos of the display they are creating.

Another school

As I watch the news about Virginia Tech tonight, I can’t help but think of a memorial I read about Kurt Vonnegut in the New York Times. “To Mr. Vonnegut, the only possible redemption for the madness and apparent meaninglessness of existence was human kindness. The title character in his 1965 novel, “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine,” summed up his philosophy: ‘Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and […]

Success vs. value?

I’ve been “tagged!”  If you aren’t familiar with this, it’s a blog game where a theme or question circulates, and people tag other people to respond to the theme or question. Scott Schwister of Higher Edison tagged me(which I have to say made me feel really honored because I think he’s a very interesting writer). Now I’m supposed to share five to ten “simply successful secrets”  and then tag a few more people to share theirs.  Here’s the full description: “List the top 5 to 10 things that you […]

Spring has sprung

 It’s really spring here.  After a year or two of drought, we’ve had a lot of rain and now we have sunshine and bluebonnets blooming everywhere.   It feels so refreshing.  I was starting to feel like I was dried up and crispy myself, and now everything feels lush and fruitful.     Even though Earth Day is 22 days away, in honor of this lovely spring afternoon, here’s a link to WWF’s Time For Change website, where people (including many teenagers) from around the world are sharing their ideas for […]