Words of Wisdom

This world is not easy.  Education is not easy.  Life itself can be pretty darn challenging at times.  I find that the words of others often give me strength and inspiration when I most need these things.
Because of this I often post quotes around my desk for myself and on my classroom door and bulletin boards so my students can see them.  Not only do I hope these words of wisdom inspire and encourage my students, but I also find it sets a positive example of outside ourselves to wise role models for direction and inspiration when we are at a loss.
To this end I am sharing three quotes that I find particularly inspiring.
Because life can be a struggle…

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Because loving is not always easy…
“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no more hurt, only more love.”  ~Mother Teresa
And because there is too much hate and violence in this world…
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Teach On!
P.S.  What quotes inspire you?  Feel free to share these as well as your answers to the journal questions below in the comments section!
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This Week’s Journal Questions
For the teacher:  What do I do to bring balance to my home/work life?  How can I make sure I do this when on or the other gets crazy?
For the student:  What one quality is most important in a friend?  Why?
A Recipe from My Kitchen:
Glazed Lemon Pound Cake
Lemon Pound Cake--whole
This sweet and tangy cake makes a fabulous summer dessert or treat any time!
  • Cake
    • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 2 tablespoons (or more) grated lemon zest
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Glaze
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/4-1/3 cup lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease and flour a loaf pan making sure to get into all the corners.  Mine has a pretty design on top, but a plain one will work just fine.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.
  3. Melt butter.  If separated, whisk thoroughly to reincorporate any separated solids.
  4. In a food processor, pulse sugar and zest until just combined–five to eight pulses.  (If you do not have a food processor, a mixer will work just fine.  If you have never tried it in a food processor, I suggest you do–it is amazingly easy!)
  5. Add juice, eggs, and vanilla.  Run processor until combined.
  6. With processor running, slowly pour butter in through the small hole in the top–take 20-30 seconds to do this in a steady stream.
  7. Add flour mixture in three separate additions, running processor as briefly as possible until each addition in just combined.
  8. Pour batter into pan and smooth top.
  9. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes.  Reduce temperature to 325º and bake for an additional  30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Gently remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack.  Let cool completely.
  11. For the glaze:  Bring juice and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.  Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened (about 2-4 minutes).  With a toothpick, poke holes in the top and sides of the cooled cake (holes can be made before the cake is cooled too).  Brush hot glaze over top and sides of cooled cake.  Let glaze cool to room temperature before serving.
Lemon Pound Cake--served
For a little extra, sugar some fruit to serve with your cake!  (Shown here with strawberries, mangos, and blueberries)

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