Einstein on teaching

Albert Einstein:

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.


The Writer

Please do not reproduce this art without linking to artist.*

For my daughter, who is writing a story, in Greece.   -js.

Richard Wilbur:

In her room at the prow of the house
Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,
My daughter is writing a story.

I pause in the stairwell, hearing
From her shut door a commotion of typewriter-keys
Like a chain hauled over a gunwale.

Young as she is, the stuff
Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy:
I wish her a lucky passage.

But now it is she who pauses,
As if to reject my thought and its easy figure.
A stillness greatens, in which

The whole house seems to be thinking,
And then she is at it again with a bunched clamor
Of strokes, and again is silent.

I remember the dazed starling
Which was trapped in that very room, two years ago;
How we stole in, lifted a sash

And retreated, not to affright it;
And how for a helpless hour, through the crack of the door,
We watched the sleek, wild, dark

And iridescent creature
Batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove
To the hard floor, or the desk-top,

And wait then, humped and bloody,
For the wits to try it again; and how our spirits
Rose when, suddenly sure,

It lifted off from a chair-back,
Beating a smooth course for the right window
And clearing the sill of the world.

It is always a matter, my darling,
Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish
What I wished you before, but harder.

* Art by Kirsty Griffin; for sale on etsy.

Poem discovered via Bill Coleman; thanks!

To remember during “failure”

This is a quote that burned itself into my mind many years ago. I’ve lost the source or author. (If you know it, let me know, please!) It brings a perspective that’s incredibly helpful to remember when you’re feeling that all is lost:

Feelings of failure are based on the assumption that now is the only time that counts.

Fear not.

photo by Lydia Bruce

Writer Anna Quindlen:

Here is my favorite biblical direction: Be not afraid. It’s truly the secret of life. Fear is what stunts our growth, narrows our ambitions, kills our dreams.

So fear not.

…You are surely afraid: of leaving what you know, …of taking the wrong path, of failing the right one. But you can’t allow any of that to warp your life. You must have the strength to say no to the wrong things and to embrace the right ones, even if you are the only one who seems to know the difference….

…So carry your courage in an easily accessible place, the way you do your cellphone or your wallet…. Take a leap of faith. Fear not.