Quote of the Month

"Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid."

~ William Faulkner ~

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Quote of the Month

"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure."

~ Joseph Campbell ~ 

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Quote of the Month

"There will always be dreams grander or humbler than your own, but there will never be a dream exactly like your own…for you are unique and more wondrous than you know!"

~ Linda Staten ~

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Quote of the Month

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."

~ Walter Elliott ~

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Quote of the Month

"Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad,
ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious
jewel in his head."

~ William Shakespeare ~

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Do We Need Classes in Common Sense?

So, did you hear this story?

Parents whose accounts were out of money were notified on Monday. The lunches (costing about $3) were taken from the 30 children on Tuesday, after cafeteria workers had given them the food (because the cafeteria servers couldn't see who was in debt until it was time to ring them up). The District reported that the lunches were thrown out because they couldn't be served to another student.

Here’s the thing, rules or no rules, where are people’s common sense?

Naturally, parents are extremely angry over this. Politicians are ranting and raving, holding news conferences, tying it into bullying, claiming this is simply a reflection of the need for broader school funding, blah, blah, blah.

First of all, you’re dealing with elementary school children! And really? Why would it ever be logical to throw away food as opposed to giving it to a hungry child?

Think people!

Children were naturally upset and confused.

The District is claiming this all occurred because of one employee’s stupidity. But this person could not have acted alone. What about all the mindless sheep who went along with it. Why didn't anybody stand up for a more logical solution?

According to a survey by the American Management Association, education is focusing on high tech skills like math and science, but executives feel what employees are lacking are critical thinking skills, creativity, communication skills…quite simply, common sense.

I’ve always believed there are two kinds of “smart.” There is “book smart,” this refers to those who can read, memorize and regurgitate facts (and rules) on command. And then there is “street smart,” or common sense.

Which do you feel leads to greater success in life?

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Rejection of the Month

In an effort to inspire myself (along with other writers), I thought it might be interesting to occasionally share famous rejection letters from authors who persevered--despite some pretty strong negative feedback--going on to achieve their dreams and become best-selling authors.  For this month we have…

The Great Gatsby

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

In a rejection letter, one publisher commented: "You'd have a decent book if you'd get rid of that Gatsby character."

The Great Gatsby was published in 1925, and went on to become a best-selling classic.