WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At a TEDx talk in 2013, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal.

COME TO THE EDGE
Read the above short poem slowly and out loud. Read it again. Play with it for a while and make it your own. For example:
"Come to the edge," the voice said."I’m comfortable back here," I said.
"Come to the edge," the voice said.“I’m too busy,” I said.
“Come to the edge,” the voice said.“It’s too high,” I said.
“Come to the edge,” the voice said.“I’m afraid,” I said.
“Come to the edge,” the voice said.“I will fall,” I said.
“Come to the edge,” the voice said..and finally with all the courage I could musterI approached the edgeand there, letting go, I discovered the gift of wings.
Spend some  time reflecting on how often and for how long you’ve positioned yourself away from the edge of possibility, making excuses, waiting for the accidental or intentional push.
Poster poem | Come to the Edge by Christopher Logue in  New Numbers, pages 65-66. It was originally composed for a poster advertising a Guillaume Apollinaire's exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1961 or 1962, and was titled "Apollinaire Said". Hence it is often misattributed to Apollinaire.
Painting | Jean Lurssen

COME TO THE EDGE

Read the above short poem slowly and out loud. Read it again. Play with it for a while and make it your own. For example:

"Come to the edge," the voice said.
"I’m comfortable back here," I said.

"Come to the edge," the voice said.
“I’m too busy,” I said.

“Come to the edge,” the voice said.
“It’s too high,” I said.

“Come to the edge,” the voice said.
“I’m afraid,” I said.

“Come to the edge,” the voice said.
“I will fall,” I said.

“Come to the edge,” the voice said..
and finally with all the courage I could muster
I approached the edge
and there, letting go, I 
discovered the gift of wings.

Spend some  time reflecting on how often and for how long you’ve positioned yourself away from the edge of possibility, making excuses, waiting for the accidental or intentional push.

Poster poem | Come to the Edge by Christopher Logue in  New Numberspages 65-66. It was originally composed for a poster advertising a Guillaume Apollinaire's exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1961 or 1962, and was titled "Apollinaire Said". Hence it is often misattributed to Apollinaire.

Painting | Jean Lurssen

CHILDREN WILL GET THE POINT

In the full bus, packed to overflowing actually, everyone’s attention was drawn to a small boy holding a scrap of wood with extreme care. One lady could not bear it any longer, and asked him why he was being so careful about this worthless scrap of wood.

He explained, “I am taking a little ant for a ride. She is my great friend. It is her first trip in a bus.”

Who would ever have thought the kid…

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THE ART OF LOVE

Listen to “The Art of Love” a couple of times. Allow yourself to snuggle in a word or phrase that touches you, and then consider for a little while, the mystery we call love.

What’s your definition or description of love?

Here are the lyrics to help you with your contemplation:

She said, It’s time to teach you the art of love
She said, we’re gonna reach to the heart of love
a place you never knew, a place that lives somewhere inside of you.

I know I’m on a journey I won’t forget 
I know I had it in me to give and yet I never could
before I had to, if I wanted to be yours.

You made me see I’d have to be a brand new man
he lives in me, so here in me is where I began.

You showed the kind of lesson I can’t erase
You showed a way to get from that lonely place
to where love comes alive
and you’d be waiting there when I arrived.

The truth was clear,
love’s not a place you go to find
it lives in here
just leave it space, give it time

I learned that I could stumble and maybe fall
I learned in being humble I’d have it all
a brand new way to live,
that love’s not what you have but what you give
and the art of love is who you share it with.

Song : Neil Diamond
Artist : The Art Of Love
Album : Melody Lane to be released on October 21, 2014.

DEFINE NORMAL
Talking about “normal”, here’s something that I hope will make you chuckle and think at the same time:

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
 | Attributed to Ellen Goodman

DEFINE NORMAL

Talking about “normal”, here’s something that I hope will make you chuckle and think at the same time:

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
 | Attributed to Ellen Goodman

NORMAL IS AN ILLUSION
"Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." | Morticia Addams, character in The Addams Family
And it think is was Whoopi Goldberg who said, “Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.”
Is there such a thing as “normal”? 
How would you define or describe “normal”? 
When someone says to us “you’re not normal” should we be offended or rejoice?
Today, remember that God gave you the things that make you different. Cherish them, and use them to help the world become a better place.
Photo | Cobweb in Kingston Ontario by Philip Chircop SJ

NORMAL IS AN ILLUSION

"Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly."Morticia Addams, character in The Addams Family

And it think is was Whoopi Goldberg who said, Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.”

  • Is there such a thing as “normal”? 
  • How would you define or describe “normal”? 
  • When someone says to us “you’re not normal” should we be offended or rejoice?

Today, remember that God gave you the things that make you different. Cherish them, and use them to help the world become a better place.

Photo | Cobweb in Kingston Ontario by Philip Chircop SJ