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A Silken Thread January 23, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Shanna @ 10:48 pm

Bold as he was, however, I rather fancy that it strengthened his valiant heart, just at this crisis, to feel a tremulous twitch at the silken cord, which he was still holding in his left hand.  It was as if Ariadne were giving him all her might and courage; and, much as he already had, and little as she had to give, it made his own seem twice as much. (from “The Minotaur” in Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne)

If you are unfamiliar with this story from Classical mythology, the hero Theseus had entered the impossibly bewildering labyrinth in order to fight the Minotaur.  Ariadne had helped Theseus to escape his prison, recover his sword, and find the entrance to the labyrinth, and then she held onto the end of a spool of thread, which Theseus took so that he would be able to find his way back out after he had defeated the monster.  In Hawthorne’s retelling, Ariadne would pull on the tread from time to time to give a little encouragement to the hero, and though I think Hawthorne thinks too little of her might and courage, I agree with his assessment that her encouragement would surely have made Theseus feel more courageous.  It’s always nice to feel connected to someone who is on our side and believes in us.  Encouragement is my favorite form of communication.

 

Help

Filed under: Picture Books — Shanna @ 3:06 am

People are happy helping.  It’s never hard to find help.  It is only hard to know that it’s time to ask. (from Brundibar as retold by Tony Kushner)

(By the way, it’s still January 22 here.)

 

Grown up January 22, 2010

Filed under: Classics — Kristi @ 3:05 am
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Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way. (from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)

Benjamin was standing up in the bathtub, holding on to the side. Jon was sitting on the bath stool and I was sitting on the floor next to the tub. We weren’t making faces or singing or doing finger plays or anything seemingly funny, but for some reason Benjamin was squealing with laughter. He would act like he was going to touch Jon’s knee, then pull his hand back at the last minute and just laugh. This went on until the water was cold. I wish we knew what was going on in that little head. What could have possibly been so funny about Jon’s knee? I think babies have some secret jokes that grown ups have forgotten the way to. I wish we hadn’t. There is no laughter like that again in life–the laughter that is totally pure and unspoiled by worry or knowledge or heartache or skepticism. When something is just knee-slapping funny for no reason and you don’t even know that reason exists. That would be nice.

 

As much kindness as Roo January 20, 2010

Filed under: Classics — Kristi @ 3:03 pm
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Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo. (from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne)

 

The trouble is January 19, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 8:48 pm
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As much money and life as you could want!  The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them. (from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)

 

Something to stand on January 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 3:25 pm
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The world is so you have something to stand on. (from A Hole Is To Dig by Ruth Krauss)

 But what happens when the world beneath your feet literally begins to shake and crumble? What happens when you lose everything in minutes and you are left with a crushing pile of rubble and an even more crushing grief? What do you stand on then?

Pray for Haiti, if you pray. Give what you can. To give to Compassion International’s Haiti Relief fund, text “disaster” to 90999. Ten dollars will be added to your  next wireless bill and will go straight to the relief effort. Compassion International is an organization that I have been involved with for many years and they have stellar organization and integrity. You can count on them to do the very best with what they have to give. And, as always, their goal is not ONLY physical relief, but giving the people who have lost seemingly everything Something to stand on that will never shake.

 

The Mystery of Misery January 17, 2010

Filed under: Classics — Shanna @ 10:31 pm

“Dear little Swallow,” said the Prince, “you tell me of marvellous things, but more marvellous than anything is the suffering of men and of women.  There is no Mystery so great as Misery.” (from The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde)

This week, we have witnessed the misery of people in Haiti.  We’ve seen images, we’ve heard stories.  And we have opportunities to give out of our abundance to help ease that suffering.  I hope we will.