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compassion.

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sweet kinder

creates a beautiful and comfortable bed

for the rhino with the broken foot

so that he has a place to lie down

and recover in peace.

“as great scientists have said and as all children know,

it is above all by the imagination

that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.”

-ursula k. le guin

diagnosis.

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how lucky am i

that there is a veterinary hospital

right in my very own classroom

and a doctor from that hospital

ready to ‘doctor me’ and to offer a diagnosis:

“you do not have a heartbeat and you have a very small cavity.”

i am thankful for this 

and now that i understand

what is causing my foot to hurt

 i know exactly how to make it all better.

“if you get a diagnosis, get on a therapy,

keep a good attitude and keep your sense of humor.”

-teri garr

heal.

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one of the sweetest cards ever –

created by one of my kinders 

who “read” it aloud to me:

“I really, really, really  hope that your foot feels better very, very soon.”

(complete with a picture of me with one foot in the giant boot. )

“if you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”

-carlos santana

spill simmer falter wither.

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 ‘spill simmer falter wither,’ the debut novel by irish author, sara baume

is a devastating, and at the same time, beautiful, ode to empathy, to humanity and to the outliers of the world.

this is not your usual story of a man and his dog.  

instead, it’s a 200+ page lyrical poem, with a lot of dark moments, and a few glimpses of light.

as it moves through the seasons, you will come to understand what led them to become who they are.

this is the story of a person and an animal

who most people would pass by without giving them a second thought.

after reading this book, i cannot stop thinking about them. 

“i realise that you were not born with a predetermined capacity for wonder, as i’d believed.

i realise that you fed it up yourself from tiny pieces of the world.

i realise it’s up to me to follow your example and nurture my own wonder, morsel by morsel by morsel.”

― sara baume

image credit: marinerbooks.com, sara baume,spill simmer falter wither