Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Quote Tuesday! Featuring Corrie ten Boom


“If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest.” 

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“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” 

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“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, 
it empties today of its strength.” 

(Quotes by Corrie ten Boom)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quote Tuesday! Featuring Helen Keller


“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”

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“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” 

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“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.” 

(Quotes by Helen Keller) 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” -Mark Twain

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“If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there.” -George Harrison

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“I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” -Bill Cosby

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” -Groucho Marx

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

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“Anyone who has never made a mistake 
has never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Quote Tuesday


“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” 
-Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.” -Maurice Switzer 

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“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” -Mark Twain 

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“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” 
-Mother Teresa

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou 

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. 
Most people exist, that is all.” -Oscar Wilde

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“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” 
-Oscar Wilde

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“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 
-Mae West

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“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” 
-Mark Twain

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.”
 -Woodrow Wilson

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“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
 -Marie Curie

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Quote Tuesday! Featuring Abraham Lincoln Part Two


“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” 

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“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” 

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“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.” 

(Quotes by Abraham Lincoln) 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Quote Tuesday! Featuring Abraham Lincoln


“Folks are usually about as happy as they
 make their minds up to be.” 

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“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” 

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“Whatever you are, be a good one.” 

(Quotes by Abraham Lincoln) 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” -Henry Ford

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“Formal education will make you a living; 
self-education will make you a fortune.”  -Jim Rohn

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“All I have learned, I learned from books.” -Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“Leaders live by choice, not by accident.” -Mark Gorman

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“Begin somewhere. 
You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.”
 -Liz Smith

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“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.” 
-Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quote Tuesday! Featuring Eleanor Roosevelt


“You can often change your circumstances 
by changing your attitude” 

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“A stumbling block to the pessimist is a 
stepping-stone to the optimist.” 

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“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” 

(Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt) 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.”
 -Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Obstacles are things a person sees 
when he takes his eyes off his goal.” -E. Joseph Cossman

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“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” 
-Karen Lamb

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Olivia and Opportunity

Welcome! My name is Olivia Hall and today I get to tell you why Opportunity is one of my favorite words. 

The definition of opportunity is: A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something

I used to think opportunities were just for adults. You know, like having the opportunity to get a better job or a bigger house. 

Then I learned that we all have opportunities. I have the opportunity to study and get good grades in school. My brother has the opportunity to practice football and make the team. We both have the opportunity to be part of a really cool club. 

The problem is that sometimes an opportunity is disguised as a bad thing; like when we had to move and I didn't want to. I didn't understand at the time that even though moving is hard, I would find so many opportunities and be able to do some amazing things. 

Winston Churchill said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." 

I want to make sure I'm an optimist who grabs ahold of opportunities and does great things with my life!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Quote Tuesday! Featuring Helen Keller


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” 

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“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” 

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” 


(Quotes by Helen Keller)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ivy and Integrity

Hey, hey, hey! I'm Ivy and today I get to talk about one of my favorite words: Integrity

Integrity is the quality of being honest and having a strong moral foundation. 

When I was a kid I used to have a problem where I would lie to my friends. I had always wanted a horse and I started telling people that I did have one. After that no one would believe anything I told them and I lost a few of my friends. 

A guy named Gordon A. Eadie said "If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."

And Albert Einstein said, "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters."

Integrity is more than just telling the truth and being honest though. It's also doing the right thing and living the right way even when no one is around to keep you accountable. 

Jim Stovall says, "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching." 

I'm really working on living my life with integrity even when it's hard and guess what? It's worth it!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Quote Tuesday! Featuring Dr. Seuss


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” 

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” 

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“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” 

(Quotes by Dr. Seuss)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tara and Time Management

I'm Tara and Time Management is one of my favorite words. Time management is important to me because:

We all have the same amount of time each day. It's up to each of us how we use our time, though.

There's a quote I really like by a man named Michael Altshuler that says "The bad news is time flies. The good news is that you're the pilot."

I think if we learn to manage our time we'll be able to do a lot more with our lives.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. 
Learn as if you were to live forever.” 
-Mahatma Gandhi

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 
-Martin Luther King Jr. 

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“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” 
-Thomas A. Edison

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Caleb and Compound Effect

Hey guys! Caleb here and I want to tell you about one of my favorite words which is Compound Effect. (Yes, I realize that's actually two words.) 

There's a man who's name is Darren Hardy who wrote a book called The Compound Effect. My dad read the book and explained to me that the compound effect is the principle that making small, smart choices for a long time will eventually add up and will make a huge difference in our lives. 

Take for instance what happens if you  work on shooting hoops for twenty minutes each day. At the end of the summer you'll be way better at basketball and in better shape physically than if you'd just sat on the couch watching TV during that time. 

So, even though it doesn't seem like a huge thing on a day to day basis, over time it really adds up. 

The same thing can happen in the reverse, though. Imagine that you eat a candy bar day after day. At first you might not notice a difference, but in time it will mess with your health and probably make you gain weight. 

I want to make sure I use the compound effect to my advantage and do things that help me grow. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Quote Tuesday! Featuring C.S. Lewis


“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” 

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“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” 

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“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.” 

(By C.S. Lewis) 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Alex and Attitude


Hi. My name is Alex and one of my favorite words is Attitude. This is what I think about attitude: 

Having a good attitude is very important because no one wants to be around me when I'm whining or complaining. Not even me

A really smart man, Mr. Dale Carnegie said: "It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about."

I think that's neat because it helps to show that even when you can't control the rest of your life, you can still control your attitude. 

I love playing sports and I used to have a horrible attitude every time I lost a game. Now I'm learning how to congratulate the winners and learn from my loss. People like me a lot more than they used to.

Mr. Winston Churchill was a very important man in England during WW2 and he said: "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." 

I want to make sure I'm choosing to have a good attitude all the time, not just when things go my way. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” -Mark Twain

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“May you live every day of your life.” -Jonathan Swift

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“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle

Saturday, March 7, 2015

My Favorite Memory: Sky-Watching - By Tara

Hello. I'm Tara. Olivia wanted me to tell you one of my favorite memories. I don't exactly have one though. I really enjoy being outside on our back porch with a good book, watching the sky in-between pages. 


It's so beautiful seeing the different cloud formations and watching the sky turn different colors as the sun sets. Sometimes the sunbeams look so close I feel as if I can almost reach out and touch them. 

I guess that's one of my favorite things to do: Watch the sky and read while basking in sunshine. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quote Tuesday!


“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” -Rricia Cunningham

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“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” 
-Winston Churchhill

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“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.” -Maurice Switzer

Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Favorite Memory: In the Swamp - By Nathan

I suppose it's logical that one of my favorite memories would be from when our family was on vacation. Aren't vacations meant for making memories after all? I'm Nathan and I'm here at Olivia's request to share with you about one of my favorite memories. 

Two years ago, before my youngest sister was born, our family took a trip to Florida to visit with my grandparents who are snowbirds there. (If you were wondering, no my grandparent's aren't actual birds. A snowbird is someone who goes to a warmer place for the winter. It's comparable to a bird migrating for the cold months, hence the name.) 

My grandparents live near the swamp and I was intrigued by the various forms of life living there that we don't have in Ohio. One day Grandma agreed to take me out to help me identify different specimens and gather a few things to bring back to the house and study under the microscope. 


We got up early in the morning, slung our pre-packed backpacks over our shoulders and headed out on our exploration. As the sun rose higher and higher in the sky I was amazed at all I could see and touch in the swamp. 

I had brought my swamp guide along and I pulled it out numerous times to try and figure out what a certain plant or animal was. Grandma was really patient and didn't care how long I took. That was quite a change after spending so much time around my two little siblings who get bored easily. 

After we were done in the swamp Grandma took me out to eat and she let me explain to her all about how my various experiments were going and what I had been learning. It was a lot of fun.