If you could take back something you said in the last year, what would it be?
Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things in new ways…. The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One wo created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.
~ Emilie Barnes, in The Spirit of Loveliness
There are educationists (as jargon has it) who think that creativity itself can be taught, and who write learned, and frequently dull, treatises on methods of teaching it. It is rather as though they were trying to eat air, with the usual result. The creative impulse, like love, can be killed, but it cannot be taught. What a teacher or librarian or parent can do, in working with children, is to give the flame enough oxygen so that it can burn. As far as I’m concerned, this providing of oxygen is one of the noblest of all vocations.
~ Madeleine L’Engle, in A Circle of Quiet (NY: Harper, 1972), pages 45-46
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.
~ George Lois
When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone . . . say, traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how they come I know not nor can I force them.
Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio, or looked at television. They had loneliness and knew what to do with it. They were not afraid of being lonely because they knew that was when the creative mood in them would work.
~ Carl Sandburg
A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.
~ Henry Adams
A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
~ Thomas Carruthers
If you want to be a teacher, remember that you’re just as likely to teach who you are as you are to teach what you know.
~ Marie T. Freeman
Enseigner, c’est apprendre deux fois. [To teach is to learn twice.]
~ Joseph Joubert, in Pensees
If you could be a contestant on any game show, which one would it be?
If you were to hang a motto in your home, what would it say?
If you were given $100,000 to celebrate someone or something, who or what would you celebrate?
If you were to fast-forward your life five years, where would you be and what would you be doing? What changes would people see in you?
If you were going to a costume party next week, what costume would you wear?
If you could grant any three wishes to one person, to whom would you grant them? Why?
If you could be any age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose? Why?