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

Friday, January 1, 2016


I signed up again for Ali Edwards's One Little Word class.  Even when prompts for some months go unfinished, I find her monthly lessons to be a worthwhile reminder to reflect and to live my word.  I have been gathering fodder for the first month's prompt...

A list of Words:
2011- apathy
2012- nudge
2013- note
2014- lift
2015- mindful
2016- fuel

Some definitions of my One Little Word for 2016:
FUEL noun
·      a source of energy
·      a thing that sustains or inflames passion, argument, or other emotion or activity

FUEL verb
·      supply or power with fuel
·      cause to burn more intensely

Quotes that helped me come up with my word:
“Be with those who help your being.”    -RUMI (line from a poem)

“Be the right kind of hungry.”    -Randall Mann (on a postcard containing advice for poets)

My intentions in adopting this word in 2016:
I want to fuel and be fueled. 

I think I miss opportunities to provide fuel for others.  I have more to give than I am giving.  I want to do more, to be more, for others this year.

I want to be the right kind of hungry this year—to take in the things that truly fuel me physically, emotionally, creatively, and professionally.  I want to surround myself with the people and things that fuel me.  I want my time to matter. 


  1. With fuel you can light a flame. With fuel you can go far. Wishing you the best for 2016!

  2. Already your thoughts, ideas, and passion nourish and your humor encourages! Fuel...yes that fits! May your OLW continue to given and received this year.

  3. I like it! And you have always fueled my desire to be the best teacher/writer/human I can be. Happy New Year.

  4. Love your word! And it makes me think of your presentation at All Write last summer. You were on fire! I just wish all my middle school teacher friends could have listened in. Can't wait to see where fuel will take you this year.