#TBT. Not unicorn magic, but ground trolls beware: this literate 5-year old is drawing a line in the sand. I’m charmed as of old.




*The real magic potion’s here: This young fellow attached to the fingers in the foreground sees writing as Something That We Do. He has markers, pencils, scissors, dry erase boards, paper galore, stapler, tape, booksbooksbooksbooks all over, and parents who read, converse, laugh, and write. (Plus a marvelous all-day Kindergarten Teacher named Mrs. Foley, a Miss Frizzle come to life.) This is a literate environment.


WP editor Ben Huberman says share something unabashedly ornate.

The most stunning sight in Siracusa, Sicily is the cathedral, the star of the Piazza del Duomo.  It was built in the first half of the eighteenth century on top of a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.  The Greek pillars are still there, blended into the walls and supporting the massive roof. Elaborately, and sumptuously, adorned.

Toni 11/8/15


Story wrangler CHERI LUCAS ROWLANDS asks: 

What’s mundane yet meaningful to you? What’s a beautiful everyday thing?



the transformative art of the sea


shapely, subtle, showing its cleverness



Beauty is composed of many things and never stands alone.  It is part of horizons, blue in the distance, great primeval silences, knowledge of all things of the earth.  It is so fragile it can be destroyed by a sound or a thought.  It may be infinitesimally small or encompass the universe itself.  It comes in a swift conception wherever nature has not been disturbed.

-Sigurd Olson

Toni 10/20/15


Happiness not in another place, but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.

-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass




I discovered Researcher Matt Killingsworth.  He designs studies that gather data on happiness. While doing his Ph.D. research at Harvard, Killingsworth invented the Track Your Happiness app.  Takeaway?  Stay in the moment.

Toni 9/16/15 

Here’s somebody who’s thinking outside the box: “What fourth graders can teach us | Judy Gelles | TEDxPenn”

We have a print of one of the Judy Gelles works from the Fourth Grade Project. It hangs in our house and is a source of daily reminder about the power of words and pictures; and, today after yet another mass shooting, it’s a reminder of the disease our country tolerates: guns.



Published on Jun 9, 2015

“Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about? Photographer Judy Gelles traveled across the US and the world and photographed fourth graders, asking them these three questions. Told in their own words, the stories of these children, with their simple honesty, shed light on common human experiences and how our cultures and communities differ from one another—but also on how they unite us.

Judy Gelles graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Photography and her photography provides social commentary on who we are and how we think. Three years ago, she volunteered at an inner-city school near her home in Philadelphia. After months of listening to the stories of the children she worked with, she realized that what the students were telling her was important for others to hear too. Her work can be seen in the Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles, and Etherton Gallery in Tucson.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference”