The Best Teachers

“…the best teachers are people you have difficulty with, because they teach you important things about yourself”

I have found this to be very true.

Life is…

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass … it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

Quotation – History

Corroborative detail is the great corrective.
It is a disciplinarian.
It forces the historian who uses and respects it to cleave to the truth,
or as much as he can find out of the truth.

I am a disciple of the ounce, because I mistrust history in gallon jugs, whose purveyors are more concerned with establishing the meaning and purpose of history than with what happened.

Is it necessary to insist on a purpose?

The lilies of the field, as I remember, were not required to have a demonstrable purpose.
Why cannot history be studied and written and read for its own sake,as the record of human behavior, the most fascinating subject of all?

~ Barbara Tuchman

Brand Difference

On traditional branding vs. movements:

“The role of traditional branding is to influence behavior. The difference with movements is to inspire behavior. So don’t try to influence; get out of that business. Now is the time to inspire. People don’t want to be influenced.“

Brains on Fire

via T. Moradpour

Think this way…

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Some Things Are Just Funny

Like the way Solonor describes talking heads

Hurricane Earl followed us, and while he made the weathercastnerds do their traditional pee-pee dance of doom, he basically served to sweep out a massive heat wave, giving us gorgeous skies and cool breezes

Fear of Success

…. many of us fear too much momentum. We look at a project launch or a job or another new commitment as something that might get out of control.

Deep down, this potential for an overwhelming response alerts the lizard brain and we hold back. We’re afraid of being part of something that feels like it might be too big for us.

Hint: it probably isn’t.

wisdom from Seth Godin


…baptism whatever else it is, is a sign of the New Covenant…
~R.C. Sproul

Thought for The Day

But just as I climb onto my hobby-horse of disgust and judgmentalism, the gospel of grace dismounts me, and I find the freedom to ask myself these questions: How am I just like James and John? When do my words, attitudes and choices contradict the very gospel that I love and defend? Whose incredulity meter am I forcing into overdrive? Those who live with me… those who work with me? Those who taste my impatience when I’m behind a steering wheel? Those who overhear my idle chatter and self-indulgent banter in any of a number of settings? Those most exposed to my unbelief, my fears, my rudeness, my driven-ness, my insincerity, my irritability?

From Scotty Smith Via

Improve Writing and Grammar

I found a site that I think is very helpful. I started out looking at the page on adjectives and then discovered the entire site. It is chock full of information written in an accessible way. Good for both students and homeschool moms who put together their own studies.
Guide to Grammar and Writing