a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Driving along Pacific Coast Highway in California
was the first time I saw sedimentary rock. 
I marveled at layer upon layer
of beautiful earth-toned strands.
I was in awe of the history that rock held—
the way each layer represented a moment in time. 
I wondered what each layer would say
if it could talk. 

Packing up to head home from school this afternoon
was the last time I saw sedimentary stacks of paper.
I amaze myself by whipping just what I need
from layer upon layer of items-waiting-to-be-filed.
Before I left, I stood back
and admired each layer’s remnants of educational moments—
representative of our work since August. 
I’d like to think of those layers
having made their way into the heads of my students—
their very own layers of sedimentary grey matter.


  1. Very cool. I love the comparison.

  2. Thanks for sharing - what a neat way to see your stacks of papers!