Today in Global History

Today in Global History 9 we continued our study of Sparta and Athens. Here’s a cute video that I showed my freshmen. It’s not perfect, it might not even be considered good, but it gets across important aspects of Spartan life and always invites a slew questions.

Click on the screenshot below to watch! It’ll only take 3 minutes of your time and you’ll probably learn a thing or two.

Sparta

Afternoon Coffee

I don’t typically take myself out for coffee on weekday afternoons, but I did today. This is the inside of Starry Nites Cafe, one of my favorite haunts.

Starry Nites

The “dining area,” for lack of a better term, is another room that you can glimpse underneath the chalkboard. There’s a tiny table in a corner that I love, but someone else clearly loves it, too. As a result, I sat at one of two tables right by the door, which let me watch the eclectic customers wander in. Naturally, I had a book to hide my peeking.

Food for Thought

As loyal readers have gathered, I generally post images and sometimes I mix photography with life. The more astute readers may have also recognized that I often use quotes to describe what others have already articulated so eloquently. Why reinvent the wheel, right?

In lieu of a photo today, I wanted to share some favorite quotes that have followed me (sometimes insistently, sometimes in spite of myself, and sometimes as mantras) through various experiences. I have a scrapbook of comics, articles, and other inspiring/entertaining things with pages and pages dedicated to quotes, but I’ll limit myself to seven.

Did you know that seven is the longest sequence that, on average, the human brain can recall at a time? Really. Click here. That’s why North American phone numbers are seven digits. Sorry. I used to teach psychology. Okay, quotes (in no particular order):

1. “You have to be yourself. Be very honest about who and what you are. And if people still like you, that’s fine. If they don’t, that’s their problem.” – Sting

2. “An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body but an evil friend will wound your mind.” – Buddha

3. “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

4. “Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.” – Josh Billings

5. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost

6. “If I am not for myself who will be for me? Yet, if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” – Pirkei Avot 1:14

7. “The true test of character is not what we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” – John Holt

That’s probably enough imparting others’ wisdom for today. If you have good ones, please pass them along! Hope you’re all having a great week!

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