Day 21 ~ Martin Luther King Jr

Book quote

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Today as we remember Martin Luther King Jr, let us remember how he used his words and not his fists to make a difference. His powerful words helped change our Nation. He is proof that by standing up for what you believe to be right, even if others do not agree, can make a difference. He had a Dream, and he never gave up on it. And because he believed in his dream, today we all can have dreams. He showed that nothing is impossible, you just have to be strong enough, brave enough, courageous enough, to stand up.

Words are powerful. Words can make a difference if we use them correctly. So let’s teach our children the power of words and not the power of fists when the want to solve a problem. Teach them that to make a change, they have the power, if they just believe in themselves.

As I was teaching my Kindergarten class about Martin Luther King Jr. last week, I remember looking around at their faces. Their very diverse faces. In my classroom, I have students of all races. And in my classroom, we call ourselves a family.


Day 20 ~ Music Quotes

As I mentioned a few posts ago, something I am changing on this blog from what I did last year is that not every quote is going to be from a book. Instead I want to use quotes and sayings that speak to me, instead of searching for a quote. Most of the quotes here will still be from books, but I like the idea of being able to share quotes from anywhere. To kick off using quotes from music, today instead of a quote, I decided to share a poem I wrote in one of my classes last year where we were learning to teach poetry.

It is called a found poem. For those who don’t know what a found poem is, it is pretty much using words that already exist, and creating a poem out of them. Such as having an article and highlighting a few lines or words that stand out to you, and creating a poem that way.

What I did was more of an Ipod shuffle. I turned my Ipod on, and wrote the first line of every song that played for a while. I then rearranged them in a way I thought made sense. I enjoyed the way it turned out. How so many different lines, from different songs, from different artist, from different genres, seemed to find a way to fit together, even if it doesn’t fit perfectly 🙂

I think it is a good example of life. We are all a different song lyric. We follow life by our own tune. Sometimes we come across other lyrics that when we try to blend together we create the sound of a dying cat. But when we find the right lyrics, we can make some pretty decent harmonies 😉


PS Excuse the bad music metaphor and ramblings, still fighting the flu and I blame the meds 😉


It’s been a really really messed up week.

Where it Began, I can’t begin to know


Guess this means you’re sorry

I’d really hate to let this moment go


Something has changed within me

Closed off from love, I didn’t need the pain


Wise men Say

You can’t always get what you want

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain


Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road

I need another story


Somewhere out there beneath the pale Moonlight

Rising up

There’s a hero if you look inside your heart

Forget your troubles come on get happy


 Song titles and artists:

Tonight Tonight- Hot Chelle Rae

Sweet Caroline-Neil Diamond


My Life Would Suck Without You- Avril Lavigne

Don’t You Wanna Stay-Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson


Defying Gravity-Wicked Original Broadway Play

Bleeding Love-Leona Lewis


I Can’t Help Falling in Love-UB40

You Can’t Always Get What You Want-Rolling Stones

Lean On Me-Michael Bolton


Good Riddance-Green Day



Somewhere Out There-Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram

Eye of the Tiger-Survivor

Hero-Mariah Carey

Get happy-Judy Garland

Day 17, 18, 19 ~ Stardust

For the last few days I have been laid up with the flu. It has been pretty miserable and I have had zero energy to do much. This is the first time I have had enough energy to even consider updating my blog. One of the things I did to pass the time was watch Stardust which happens to be not only a favorite movie of mine, but also a favorite book, written by one of my favorite authors Neil Gaiman. So I decided to make up for the days I have missed and today I will use 3 of my favorite quotes from the book and movie Stardust.

Book quote


“You want to know what the Captain really whispered to me that day? He told me that my true love… was right in front of my eyes. And he was right.”

“You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate… It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves… You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and… What I’m trying to say, Tristan is… I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I’d know it for myself. My heart… It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange – no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine.”

“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”

Stardust really does have it all. Romance, action, adventure, fantasy, humor, british accents…De Niro as a gay dancing pirate…

But really, I absolutely love the movie, and if you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend that you do. And also, anything written by Neil Gaiman will be worth it 🙂


Day 7 ~ Northanger Abbey

Odyssey mech 4


“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

This is exactly how I feel about those I care about. I am not always the easiest at opening up and letting people in, but once I do, I love those in my life whole heartily. There is absolutely nothing I wouldn’t do for them.



Day 4 ~ Mark of Athena


“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.” 

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan is one of my favorite series out there. I love Greek and Roman mythology, and this series creates a modern view of it. What I love most about the series though, are the characters and how well Riordan develops them and their relationships. Similar to Harry Potter, the series starts with the main characters as 12 years olds who go on an epic quest to save the world. As the series progresses, the characters age and mature. (*spolier*)Percy and Annabeth, who start off as reluctant allies form an amazing relationship. It develops beautifully over the course of the series, and in the Mark of Athena you see just how in love these characters are.

This line, I felt, was so very powerful and true for the course of Percy and Annabeth’s relationship. Regardless of the consequences, Percy and Annabeth have always been stronger together than they are apart. This line is said during a part of the book where Percy could choose to save himself, or stay with Annabeth and possibly not survive.

Who wouldn’t want to feel the absolute love of someone who is willing to risk it all for you. Someone who wants to be together with you forever.


Day 128 ~ City of Fallen Angels

“And then there was you. You changed everything I believed in. You know that line from Dante that I quoted to you in the park? ‘L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle’?”

Her lips curled a little at the sides as she looked up at him. “I still don’t speak Italian.”

“It’s a bit of the very last verse from Paradiso – Dante’s Paradise. ‘My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars.’ Dante was trying to explain faith, I think, as an overpowering love, and maybe it’s blasphemous, but that’s how I think of the way I love you. You came into my life and suddenly I had one truth to hold on to – that I loved you, and you loved me.” 

Date a girl who reads…

I stumbled across this quote and fell in love. This truly speaks to me. I am in every sense ‘the girl who reads’.

“You should date a girl who reads. Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent.  Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.” 

~ Rosemarie Urquico