For this simple and elegant quote from G. K. Chesterton about the critical difference between taking things for granted and taking them with gratitude, I decided to keep the slide simple and elegant. That being said, I did make some pretty important design choices that are not entirely noticeable but that do make a difference. First, notice that the opening quotation mark is hanging to the left of the text. This gives the block a cleaner line. I chose Century Schoolbook for the font to give it a classic feel. There's a lot to love about this font. Look at that lower case g. I also really like the lower case i. It has a beauty that you just do not get with a sans serif font. Speaking of serifs, take a look at how the capital W and the lower case h are playfully almost touching at the top.
Ever wonder who this G.K. Chesterton guy is? Apparently a lot of people have.
Learn more about him at chesterton.org/who-is-this-guy
With Thanksgiving being next week, I thought it was a great time to have a week of quotes about GRATITUDE on Curious Quotes, Points To Ponder, & Inspiring Insights. In searching for quotes on the subject, this is one that came up in nearly every collection that I read through. While I adore the illustrations of the Classic Pooh, the depictions from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh are how I will always see the characters. I chose a hand drawn font called Bilbo Swash Caps to give the slide a more homey feel. Be like Piglet and be more grateful.
To close out this week's theme of LOST on Curious Quotes, Points To Ponder, & Inspiring Insights, is a quote for the 1951 Disney adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic novel. I chose the Disney version because it more readily conveys the essence of the quote than the lengthier original version. I borrowed the images from the Disney Fandom Wiki. Which if you are a Disney fan and do are not familiar with this site, let's just say that it is a very deep rabbit hole that you may not emerge from for quite some time. I used the color picker in Keynote to pull the color from one of the Chesire Cat's stripes and from Alice's dress. I love this quote because it emphasizes the importance of having a destination in mind even when we are lost. Otherwise, we are sure to get somewhere, but it probably is not where we wanted to be.
Well, after losing a week at NAGC in Albuquerque, it is time to get back to our theme of LOST with this quote from Anaïs Nin which emphasizes the importance of exploring the unknown. If we always know where we are, then we may never take the time to deepen our understanding. Instead, let's get lost and enjoy the process of finding ourselves while we discover the world and all of its riches.
Inspired by this month's theme for CreativeMorning of LOST. I decided to start with the first quote that popped into my head on the subject. "All those who wander are not lost" is the subject of many bumper stickers, t-shirts, and tattoos, but I am going to guess that the vast majority of the general population can not name the source or recite the entire poem that it is part of. Here is the quote in its entirety with a photo of a first edition of The Lord of the Fellowship.
Today on Curious Quotes, Points To Ponder, & Inspiring Insights, we end our weeklong exploration of IMAGINATION with this quote from Carl Sagan. The image is of the legendary Golden Record that was a part of the Voyager missions and was intended to carry a message to communicate the story of our world with any extraterrestrials that it might encounter that were able to decipher the code and play the record with the attached needle. Carl Sagan chaired the committee that selected the 115 images and audio recordings. You can listen to the the Golden Record's Greetings in 55 Languages, Greetings from the U.N., Whale Greetings, and Sounds of Earth on Spotify. A full playlist of the musical selections sent into space is also available on Spotify.
FUN FOLLOW UPS: Assemble a committee of students and ask them what they would want to include on a Golden Record.
OR Imagine you are an alien, listen Greetings and Sounds of the Earth. What you think of this planet?
This Halloween season I have been thinking about vampires. A lot! While I do miss the good old days of waiting for the next Twilight movie to come out. Those are not the vampires that I have been thinking about. I have come to realize that vampires are not just people with sharp fangs that avoid sunlight and are out to drink your blood. Instead the vampires that I am talking about are those people and things that have a way of sucking out all of your energy and leaving you feeling depleted and lifeless.
What better way to celebrate Halloween and this week's theme of IMAGINATION on Curious Quotes, Points To Ponder, & Inspiring Insights than with this quote from the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. I used the Willy Wonka font for the quote. I love the expression on Gene Wilder's face as he temptingly offers the Everlasting Gobstopper. Which by the way, seems like a really awful idea for a candy. At least for me, the real satisfaction with a hard candy like this comes when you actually get to crack it into pieces. The Everlasting Gobstopper sounds like pure torture if you ask me. Not to mention accepting it voids your contract and you lose out on a lifetime supply of chocolate.
Got the song Pure Imagination stuck in your head? Watch it HERE. If you want to view something really bizarre? Check out Pure Imagination Backwards! Because you can find anything on YouTube.