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Where the Sidewalk Ends

August 27, 2009

by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,

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 And there the grass grows soft and white, 

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And there the sun burns crimson bright,

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And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

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Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.

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Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

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And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

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Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know

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The place where the sidewalk ends.

Pictures by marija strajnic

david wallace

 A great commencement speech by a great writer. Wallace speaks of what he believes the reality of education and educating yourself really means. 

Wallace committed suicide in 2008 after years of depression and to me knowing this adds another layer of complexity to the speech. 

Make your own impression of the speech and the ideas he presents. The speech is below in its entirety and may not be here long. So read while you can…  Read the rest of this entry »

Sans Soleil (1983)

August 18, 2009

I will have spent my life trying to understand the function of remembering,

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 which is not the opposite of forgetting,

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 but rather its lining.

We do not remember.

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We rewrite memory much as history is rewritten.

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How can one remember thirst?

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 Photos by Anders Linden

Words from Sans Soleil

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“Early unsuccesses shouldn’t bother anybody because it happens to absolutely everybody” – Philip Johnson

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Poe X Gorey

July 10, 2009

Song

by Edgar Allen Poe and Illustrations by Edward Gorey

I SAW thee on thy bridal day –
When a burning blush came o’er thee,
Though happiness around thee lay,
The world all love before thee:

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Yale Open Courses

July 8, 2009

There is something exciting going on in the education world. Something really exciting….

We go to school when we are children to learn and develop our minds, maybe to become productive members of society 

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