Welcome to Another Year of Learning

I look forward to our adventure in learning this year and who we will all become through the process. Here are a couple of quotes about learning to start us off on our journey.

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” –T.H. White, The Once and Future King

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”–Albert Einstein

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Why Write?

A quote from Henri Nouwen:

One of the arguments we often use for not writing is this:   “I have nothing original to say.  Whatever I might say, someone else has already said it, and better than I will ever be able to.”  This, however, is not a good argument for not writing.  Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived.  Furthermore, what we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as well.  Writing can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and to others.

We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told.  We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.

from Bread for the Journey

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Finding How to Write–Some Quotes From Author Natalie Goldberg

“If you’re having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up — to know that there’s life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way. Creativity exists in the present moment. You can’t find it anywhere else.”
Natalie Goldberg

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

““Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that’s why we decide we’re done. It’s getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out.” ― Natalie Goldberg

“There is freedom in being a writer and writing. It is fulfilling your function. I used to think freedom meant doing whatever you want. It means knowing who you are, what you are supposed to be doing on this earth, and then simply doing it.”
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

“Happy?” He stared her down. “You can’t expect happiness. If it comes along—consider yourself lucky, but that’s not what life’s about.”
Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft

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Why read poetry? #2

“[O]ne of the reasons to invite poetry into our lives… [is] to meet our invisible guests—grief, joy, anger, doubt, and confusion. We read poetry from this deep hunger to know ourselves and the world.”

“…poetry is the genre of the inner life; therefore, the first, and most important, poetry door is the door of our hearts.” —Georgia Heard

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Expanding Your Interest in Contemporary Poetry

Check this link for online poetry magazines for young people, contests, and places to submit poems and other writing.

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Why Read Poetry?

“Read poetry because of the times you have stopped to look at rain fall through the light of a street lamp and wished you knew the words that made it what it was. Read poetry because you are lonely and full of wild abandon…” 

Read more of Dan Chilotti’s article, “Why Read Poetry?”  here

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Food For Thought

A quote as we embark on our research related to world religions:

“The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one’s own tradition with reverence for different traditions.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel

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