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

Sunday, February 9, 2014

31 THINGS day seventeen

I am participating in a class with Ali Edwards through Big Picture Classes called 31 Things.  Every day includes a word, writing prompts, dig deeper prompts, a writing tip, Ali's example, and a photo challenge.  In addition to the prompts, templates for a physical album and/or digital album are included.  I am creating a digital album and plan to share the results here over 31 days.

created with Photoshop Elements 9 and tools from 31 Things with Ali Edwards

day seventeen | technology

I recently read an article in Time magazine about the practice of being mindful. The author mentioned at one point that it is rare for her to go an entire hour without looking at a screen. This statement gave me pause. It is true for me as well.  Even while I am teaching.  It is a sobering thought.  However, the more I think about it, the more I realize the positive impact technology has on my life.

Bringing my laptop back and forth from home to school this year has allowed me to feel connected to all of my files at all times.

Blogging about books, teaching, life connects me with teachers all over the world and those who are right next door.

Keeping page number and conference data on my iPad connects me with the readers with whom I work every day.

Texting words and photos connects me to my disconnected family.

Using Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest connects me with a huge network of people I know (but don’t see anymore), people I see regularly, and people I have never met. 

Listening to music on my iPod connects me to my current and former selves; I get lost in music.

Reading on my Kindle (or even the Kindle app) connects me to a variety of books no matter where I am.

I am connected.  Connection is good.

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