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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

NaBloPoMo- Day 20

Dear Diary,
It has been 20 days since I was stranded on this godforsaken island. I am running out of amusements to keep me occupied.

I thought about writing a hard hitting post about Medical Incompetence and Fat, but why duplicate greatness?

I am tired of the special needs thing. I need a break.

OK, much better. I decided that I really just need to get some sleep. Pulled an allnighter, got a brilliant presentation done, and wham! Computer in the classroom dead, dead, dead. Ran here, ran there. Got kids, dropped off mail, fought with child over whether or not he is going to his father's for Thanksgiving (I won) and now have the Mentos theme song running through my head for some strange reason.

So now I dialogue with myself. And Firefox spell checker doesn't think Dialogue is a real word. Damn you! I will prove it:

Main Entry:
1di·a·logue
Variant(s):
also di·a·log \ˈdī-ə-ˌlg, -ˌläg\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English dialoge, from Anglo-French dialogue, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos, from dialegesthai to converse, from dia- + legein to speak — more at legend
Date:
13th century
1: a written composition in which two or more characters are represented as conversing2 a: a conversation between two or more persons; also : a similar exchange between a person and something else (as a computer) b: an exchange of ideas and opinions dialogues on human rights> c: a discussion between representatives of parties to a conflict that is aimed at resolution dialogue between loggers and environmentalists>3: the conversational element of literary or dramatic composition dialogue in this film>4: a musical composition for two or more parts suggestive of a conversation

And this, dear friends, is getting me nowhere fast. So I am off to see if my e-mail is finally behaving itself (I don't know what is up with gmail) and to play pogo.

And eventually:
Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap. ~Carrie Snow

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
~William Shakespeare, Macbeth

There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled. ~Edward Lucas

Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. ~Fran Lebowitz

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late. ~Charles Caleb Colton

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb

Life is too short to sleep on low thread-count sheets. ~Leah Stussy

Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience - unless they are still up. ~Ellen Goodman

And if tonight my soul may find her peace
in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower
then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.
~D.H. Lawrence

The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows. ~Gaston Bachelard


Sleep is perverse as human nature,
Sleep is perverse as legislature....
So people who go to bed to sleep
Must count French premiers or sheep,
And people who ought to arise from bed
Yawn and go back to sleep instead.
~Ogden Nash, Read This Vibrant Exposé