Stories Told Test
Explaining to a seven-year-old how to tell when 5 hours had passed, I pointed to the clock. No, she said. I know how to tell time, but I don’t comprehend it. How long is it? What can I do in five hours? I was almost 70 then and I couldn’t comprehend time either. Hours, yes. But I was in the decades. How long my life had been—how long anything had […]
As long as you have two or fewer, your ducks are always in a row.
The Covert Comic
On the problem of school library visits being limited to 3 books every 2 weeks when each book is finished in a day or two.
What I need are books that can survive me for two weeks.
Carolyn, age 8
The first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. … The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.
New followers emulate the followers, not the leader.
Nurture the followers because that values the movement, not the leader.
Dereck Sivers from his TED Talk, How to Start a Movement
Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving a Wider Audience is a wonderful collection of letters worth reading. Inspiring, funny, confused, and courageous. Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated as often as possible; usually each weekday. Reading such wonderful missives might help inspire you to write, or absolve you of guilt because others […]
I do not mean any disrespect to Oprah. A friend of mine once meant disrespect to Oprah, and all his window treatments turned on him.
Alexandra Petri, Compost, Washington Post, 2011
Design is the first sign of human intention.
I don’t think I need a birthday this year. I seem to be quite tall enough.
A rather tall 3 year old on her upcoming 4th birthday
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
Sir Barnett Cocks (1907-1989)
Clerk of the House of Commons