Memorable Monday: Boston Strong!

Meb Keflezighi crossed the finish line of the Boston Martathon as the “The Star-Spangled Banner” played over Boylston Street, where thousands gathered to see the end of the race.

The Eritrean born Meb Keflezighi, who became an American citizen, was the first American man to win in Boston since 1983. A former New York City Marathon champion, Keflezighi was a silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics. He embraced his determination to win by wearing the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his racing bib.

As he got closer to the finish line, Meb said, “… I just kept thinking, ‘Boston Strong. Boston Strong.’ I was thinking give everything you have.”

Later, Keflezighi expressed words that many in our nation have thought during this year of recovery and resilience.

“I’m blessed to be an American and God bless America and God Bless Boston for this special day.”

Boston Strong. A blessing, indeed!


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Fantabulous Friday: Read, Read, Read!

I was a guest at the 2014 Read-In at the S.C. Statehouse. "Oh, the Places You'll Go" could be the very theme of my life. Who would have imagined that a rescued poodle would one day end up mingling with politicians, beauty queens, students, teachers and lots and lots of people, all who appreciate good books and reading!

I was a guest at the 2014 Read-In at the S.C. Statehouse. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” could be the very theme of my life. Who would have imagined that a rescued poodle would one day end up mingling with politicians, beauty queens, students, teachers and lots and lots of people, all who appreciate good books and reading!

The Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, has had a particularly busy week and begged off writing the blog. So, here we are on Friday with a few words of inspiration!

I was a guest at the Read-In at the S.C. Statehouse yesterday, and the organizers were very considerate to let the Editorial Assistant tag along. I had so much fun. I received lots of pats and hugs, and I even got in a few dance steps with the fabulous drum line from Benedict College. It is an honor for us to be asked, of course, and, once we are there, people always ask lots of questions about me and our books.

Some 1,400 students, teachers, parents and guests attended this year’s Read-In that honored Dr. Seuss and his wonderful book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” Even S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley was there to participate, but I was the only poodle in the crowd.

The program featured people from around the world reading parts of Dr. Seuss’ book in their native languages. We’re offering these great words to you in English, and with graduation season just ahead we know that you’ll find a chance to share them with a favorite graduate in your family, among friends or right in your own neighborhood!

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

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 guy who’ll decide where to go.

This is good advice for any of us — poodles, included, though we often have to steer our humans in the direction we choose! The Editorial Assistant was appalled when I headed in the direction of a student and his sandwich. I’m sure he wanted to share!


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Memorable Monday: Eiffel’s last word!

“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” — Gustave Eiffel

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Eiffel Tower.

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Eiffel Tower.

We are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the March 31, 1889, dedication of the Eiffel Tower.

One of the world’s most famous landmarks, the tower was built to honor the centenary of the French Revolution and to be the opening arch to the 1889 World’s Fair. A design competition was held by the French government, which was planning an international exposition for the centenary.

More than 100 designs submitted, but the committee charged with the competition chose the design by engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and then built the monument. Well-known for his bridge-building expertise, Eiffel designed the framework for the Statue of Liberty. The wrought iron tower featuring a lattice work design was 10,000 feet tall, and, at the time, was the tallest structure in the world.

The tower’s was opposed by many in the French arts community. Some opposed its design, others believed that it would mar the beauty of Paris, and some were concerned about its safety.

Undaunted by the protests, Eiffel moved forward. The tower was built in two years time and was under budget. At the dedication, Eiffel said the tower represented “… not only the art of the modern engineer, but also the century of Industry and Science in which we are living, and for which the way was prepared by the great scientific movement of the eighteenth century and by the Revolution of 1789, to which this monument will be built as an expression of France’s gratitude.”

Just in time for the 125th anniversary, a news article reported last week that more photos of the Eiffel Tower are shared on Instagram than of any other landmark in the world. Times Square finished second; Big Ben was third.

And to those naysayers: We say that Gustave Eiffel has had the last word on the value of his work!

(“Eiffel Tower Paris At Dusk” by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee,



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Thoughtful Thursday: It’s Today!


We can always count on our friend Winnie the Pooh to put things in perspective for us.

The beloved fictional character was the creation of A. A. Milne. Pooh made his debut in the book “Winnie-the-Pooh,” published in 1926 and followed by “The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928. Mr. Milne’s character also was featured in his books of poetry, “When We Were Very Young” and “Now We Are Six.”

Winnie the Pooh was brought to life in movies and short feature films by Disney, giving a face and voice to the lovable bear and the many friends around him.

Through his innocent charm, Pooh gave us many other delightful and inspirational lessons:

On Living Without Someone You Love: “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

On Friendship and Love: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

On Caring: “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

On Forgetfulness: “I did know once, only I’ve sort of forgotten.”

On Courage: “It is hard to be brave, when you’re only a Very Small Animal.”

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Thoughtful Thursday: Just say spring!


Finally, the calendar has moved us to spring. Many of us have been wishing that winter would take a hike, and now it is official! Winter is moving out!

OK, maybe nature hasn’t gotten the memo quite yet. We still have cold weather in many parts our world, and the earth isn’t completely green. But we can look at the calendar and say, “It is spring!” And that gives our hearts hope that warmer days, bright blooms and green grass are just ahead.

On this Thoughtful Thursday, when we’re thinking of a world awash in color, we’ve found some quotes on spring to share with you:

Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. – Charles Dickens, author

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy, author

“Spring shows us what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”  – Rev. Virgil A. Kraft, author, teacher and lecturer

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” — Robert H. Schuller, minister, speaker and author

“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” — Carl Friedrich Gauss, mathematician and writer

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Mixed-Up Monday: An Enchanted Time!

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  ~Adrienne Cook


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