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The Big Fresh February 16, 2013 Small Things

Nothing can be done except little by little.                                                            Charles Baudelaire Two weeks ago 18 Choice Literacy contributors gathered in Portland, Oregon, for a weekend writing retreat. As part of...

The Big Fresh February 9, 2013 Add Ons

A lot of times people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.                                                            Steve Jobs I agree with Steve Jobs’ words regarding innovation, but I think...

The Big Fresh February 2, 2013 Big Lists

The list could go on, and there is nothing more wonderful than a list . . .                                                             Umberto Eco For much of my professional life, all lists have been...

The Big Fresh January 26, 2013 The Stick Game

Half of the time I don’t know what they’re talking about; their jokes seem to relate to a past that everyone but me has shared. I’m a foreigner in the...

The Big Fresh January 19, 2013 Shoulds

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing, and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.                                                             Rumi At the side of my desk sits my little Epson printer. It’s...

The Big Fresh January 12, 2013 Control

Control is never achieved when sought after directly. It is the surprising outcome of letting go.                                                 James Arthur Ray Years ago when I was a professor at the University...

The Big Fresh January 5, 2013 Both Sides

An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.                                                             F. Scott Fitzgerald A few months ago I was reading through the essays on...

The Big Fresh December 29, 2012 Goals

Goals are dreams with deadlines.                              Diana Scharf Hunt This is the time of renewal, with many of us setting goals for the coming weeks and months. In the past...

The Big Fresh December 15, 2012 Visitor Ball

Ritual affirms the common patterns, the values, the shared joys, risks, sorrows, and changes that bind a community together. Ritual links together our ancestors and descendants, those who went before...

The Big Fresh December 8, 2012 Go Go Gadgets

I’ve always been interested in gadgets and technology, and I’ve always been a reader.                                                         Levar Burton What do Blinc mascara, coilers and toothpaste squeezers have in common? They are...

The Big Fresh December 1, 2012 Acceptable Alternatives

There’s an alternative. There’s always a third way, and it’s not a combination of the other two ways. It’s a different way.                                                                              David Carradine One of my exercise buddies,...

The Big Fresh November 17, 2012 Purse Pass

Silence is a statement that is open to gross misinterpretation.                                                                   Craig Bruce “Why do you only have one dollar in your purse?” Ahna looked alarmed as she straightened my...

The Big Fresh November 10, 2012 Whimsy

Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life.                                    ...

The Big Fresh November 3, 2012 Giving Too Much

The greatest thing about music is putting it out there for people to figure out. You want the listener to find the song on their own. If you give too...

The Big Fresh October 27, 2012 Consider It Done

Choice Literacy hosted workshops recently at a resort where the motto is “Consider It Done.” This was the tagline heard whenever a staff member introduced herself, as in “Hello, I’m...

The Big Fresh October 20, 2012 Not Proficient

The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.                        ...

The Big Fresh October 13, 2012 More More More

Never play cat and mouse games if you’re a mouse. Don Addis Thea was quiet and serious, with brown eyes and flyaway auburn hair, and a nervous habit of constantly...

The Big Fresh October 6, 2012 Future Literacy

Life is tons of discipline. Your first discipline is your vocabulary; then your grammar and your punctuation. Then, in your exuberance and bounding energy you say you’re going to add...

The Big Fresh September 29, 2012 Shining a Light

I believe that this corporate machinery of scripted programs, comprehension worksheets, computer-based incentive packages, and test practice curriculum facilitates a solid bottom-line for the companies that sell them, and give...

The Big Fresh September 22, 2012 Going Through the Motions

All the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances. William Shakespeare A teacher once said to me, “A...

The Big Fresh September 15, 2012 Delegation Gone Bad

You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.                                              ...