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

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


You know the sound an eye makes when it blinks?  Or how about the sound of a pupil moving back and forth, scanning lines of text across a page?  Or maybe the sound of an imagination blossoming with images lifted from words?

Well, that’s the sound you would’ve heard if you had stopped by my classroom today during independent reading.  That’s the sound of progress.


  1. Nanci Atwell calls it "in the zone". I like your idea too, "the sound of progress". And the sound of imagination blossoming...". It also sounds as if you had a lovely day.

  2. I conflated this post with the one before in my comments on 21 March. Hope that makes some sense.

    I'm still in favor of this--whole-heartedly!

    :) E.