"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. "

Monday, June 28, 2010


Florence & Fiume Arno
Originally uploaded by kegriffin
I think I am really going to enjoy using Flickr. I don't have any previous experience with it. I definitely enjoy photography, and this will be a great way to keep my photos organized. It's hard to keep them organized on my own computer (hopefully this will be less challenging). It will be nice to share them with family and friends without the hassle of attaching a few pictures here and there to an email. I am looking forward to having an online scrapbook of sorts of my photos. I think it will be fun to go back through my pictures occasionally.

If you want to check out some of my other pictures, you can find them on Flickr under "kegriffin."


Why Web 2.0?

While I am not that much older than Coe students (seeing as to how I am a recent Coe grad), I am definitely not as technologically literate as most people my age. Sure I can use Facebook, check my email, and do research. I just don't have much (if any knowledge) about things like wikis or Google docs. The way I see, I should have as much knowledge about these sorts of things as possible so that I can most effectively communicate with the students I will be working with. Since the realm of technology is ever growing, I want to make sure that I stay up-to-date with the latest trends. It sounds like some of these new developments can be extremely useful. I am excited to learn more about them and get some practical experience using them. Hopefully I am up to the challenge.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

the elegance of quotes

Have you ever noticed that some people are just drawn to quotes?

I fall into that category. I love quotes. My family has always been active readers. So perhaps that is where my love of quotes came from. In any case, a good quote can put a smile on my face. I am one of those people who buys the quote magnets, likes wall art involving quotes, and keeps my favorite quotes in my own "quote book" of sorts. I consider a work in progress. I add to the book as I feel inspired. I make sure to put the date of entry. I am curious to see the not only the progression of the quotes but also how long it takes me to fill up the book. I think I have been gathering quotes since 2006.

In my estimation, there is an innate elegance in a well-written/well-spoken quotation. For me, there is beauty in language that cannot be conveyed in any other manner. Language can convey most any emotion--happiness, joy, amusement, sadness, anger, fear, enthusiasm, excitement, etc. As such, quotes can convey those same sentiments. I have elected to share some of my favorite quotes with you.

Please feel free to share your favorites. I am always looking for new additions.

"Adventure is a path. Real adventure--self-determined, self-motivated, often risky--forces you to have a firsthand encounter with the world. The world is the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind--and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever be black-and-white." --Mark Jenkins

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." --Omar Khayyam

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." -- Henry Miller

"Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all." --Helen Keller

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December." -- James M. Barrie

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." --Mother Teresa

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to change the world." -- Anne Frank

"Be glad of life because it gives you a chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars." --Henry Van Dyke

"From the first moment a woman dared to speak that hope -- dared to believe that the American Dream was meant for her too -- ordinary women have taken on extraordinary odds to give their daughters the chance for something else; for a life more equal, more free, and filled with more opportunity than they ever had. In so many ways we have succeeded, but in so many areas we have much work left to do."
-- Barack Obama, Speech in Washington, DC
November 10, 2005