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

Monday, March 16, 2015


March 28, 2012
Teachers are Like Surfers

At the Illinois Reading Council Conference, Cris Tovani ended one of her sessions with this Surfer’s Dogma.  She said she saw it in a surf shop when she was on vacation, and it made her think that teachers are a lot like surfers. 

Today has been a stress-filled teaching day, and I am left feeling overwhelmed and not good enough and bitter and helpless.  This dogma is just what I need.  

1. Passion Rules
2. No Dare—No Flair
3. Expect to Wipe Out
4. Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean
5. Move Before It Moves You
6. Never Surf Alone
7. Keep Looking Outside

1 comment:

  1. Expect to Wipe Out, that's one to remember because we all know it will happen.