Dolly Parton Quotes

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The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

Dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.

Dolly Parton (born 1946) is an acclaimed American singer-songwriter.  Her success in country music has enriched her life with opportunities to become a philanthropist, actress, and businesswoman.

Matt Haig Quotes

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The only way to learn is to live.

Maybe love is just about finding the person you can be your weird self with.

Matt Haig (born 1975) is an English writer and journalist.  Much of his writing focuses on novels with fictional themes for adults as well as children stories.

Robert Frost Quotes

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The best way is always through.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life:  it goes on.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) was an American poet.  He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry four times (only poet to be so honored).  Much of his poetry used rural settings from early 20th century New England.

First Steps

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Experiencing lifetime of first steps

Beginning with toddler’s curious try

Tumbling down to earth from frequent missteps

Inquiring mind looking skyward to fly


Growing up quickly, ready for life’s prep

Entering grade school doors, stepping right in

Navigating each year, planting more steps

Looking always forward, career begins


Living life, one year follows another

Challenging new steps arriving each day

Recalling advice from caring mother

Stepping out, traveling each new highway


Remembering this life’s countless missteps

Smiling at grandchildren’s beginning steps


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Woodrow Kroll Quote

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Trusting God is not by what you read or know.  It is by doing what you have learned from His Word, Bible.

From James 1:22-25:  “But be doers of the word and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.  For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like.  But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.”

Woodrow Kroll (born 1944) is an American pastor, Christian author, and radio host.  He has written over 50 books on the Bible and Christian living.

Anne Lamott Quotes

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Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

It’s good to do uncomfortable things.  It’s weight training for life.

Anne Lamott (born 1954) is a American novelist and non-fiction writer.  

Marie Lu Quotes

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Every locked door has a key.  Every problem has a solution.

Embellish your flaws.  They will turn into your assets.

Marie Lu (born 1984) is a Chinese-born author.  Many of her novels appeal to young adult readers.  She has lived in the United States since 1989 when her family left China during the Tiananmen Square Protest.

Hope’s Eyes

Every school year brings challenges to our youngest learners in the classroom.  These struggling children find hope in a teacher, administrator, custodian, instructional assistant, or any other type of mentor.  This is the hope of this poem.

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Fearing tomorrow’s tasks

Dreaming of something more

Probing life’s gloomy path

Failing again to score


Meeting darkness once more

Ignoring teacher’s clues

Bearing sounds of silence

Surrounding failure’s blues


Learning nothing today

Parking in empty space

Sharing with hidden friend

Reaching familiar place


Retreating to safe zone

Boarding life’s empty plane

Watching goals crushed again

Seeing more fire than rain


Entering new classroom

Looking into hope’s eyes

Hearing assuring voice

Launching learning’s sunrise


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