More Quotations From My iGoogle

Inspiration and Motivation "We first make our habits, and  then our habits make us." - John Dryden "They can conquer who  believe they can."  - Virgil "To accomplish great things, we must  not only act, but also dream, not  only plan, but also believe."  - Anatole France  "There's only one way to succeed in anything … Continue reading More Quotations From My iGoogle

iGoogle – I love it!

I recently discovered the iGoogle feature from Google.  This Google product allows you to create a personalized page full of widgets that you select from a pretty large variety.  There are plenty of widgets that are helpful for writers such as a dictionary, thesaurus, and a widget that gives you a Word A Day from … Continue reading iGoogle – I love it!

“Many of life’s failures…”

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas A. Edison Happy Saturday, Everyone!   I found this quote today on a blog,, and it got me thinking!  Of course I thought about my own successes, but also my students'.  I … Continue reading “Many of life’s failures…”

“Feeling gratitude…”

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”   – William Arthur Ward Being grateful for what is good about our lives is an important thing we can each do for ourselves.  It helps makes anything that is not-so-good-at-the-moment easier to deal with, and keeps us in a … Continue reading “Feeling gratitude…”

“Happiness comes when…”

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.” -Teachings of Buddha I really like this quote because it does seem to capture the fundamental quality of what  “happiness” is.  It also reminds me of how essential balance is for true happiness.  We need to be mindful of what is … Continue reading “Happiness comes when…”

“I am the only author…”

“I am the only author of the dictionary that defines me.” -Star Jones I found this quote today on the blog I really liked it because it has to do with authors and dictionaries...but also because it is about defining ourselves.   Some recent conversations have had me thinking about how we define our … Continue reading “I am the only author…”


THE WAY IT IS There's a thread you follow.  It goes among things that change.  But it doesn't change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can't get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or … Continue reading “THE WAY IT IS”

“I’m not interested in age…”

“I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.” -Elizabeth Arden I chose to share this quote from Elizabeth Arden because I couldn't help but reflect a bit about my own age today...   My (much!) younger cousin is beginning as a freshman at Rutgers … Continue reading “I’m not interested in age…”

“It seems to me that people…”

"It seems to me that people have vast potential.  Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks.  Yet most people don't.  They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever." - Philip Adams How true!  As a teacher, perhaps I am … Continue reading “It seems to me that people…”

“Experience is what you get…”

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. – Dan Stanford Got that?  I know that you may be very busy wallowing in your own self-pity or reliving that disappointment over and over again in your mind, and in your heart (and I am certainly talking to myself on this one … Continue reading “Experience is what you get…”