Showing posts from May, 2015

Today Is ...

The first time I tried to write this post, I started off with "Today is graduation day for Francis Marion University's Class of 2015." There is nothing wrong with that statement; it is entirely true. But it wasn't quite right.

Do you know what the word graduation means?

Google "graduation definition" and this is what you will find:
the receiving or conferring of an academic degree or diploma Graduation is about the award you get for finishing the academic work you started. It's about an ending.

My university, like many others, does not call today's celebration a graduation ceremony.

No, today is commencement day for Francis Marion University's Class of 2015.

Do you know what commencement means?
a beginning or a start Today is not the end; it is the beginning.

Today is the start of a new adventure. Today is the start of the rest of our lives. Today is a brand new chapter with blank pages just waiting to be written on.

When I looked up the definitio…

The Harbor

Over a year ago, when I was living in France, I wrote this post.

But I didn't publish it.

It's one of the few that are just kind of hanging out in my drafts folder. For whatever reason, I couldn't hit "publish" so it has remained there. But now, now it is right.

I really love travel quotes. I think they're pretty inspiring.
I ran across one tonight that has quickly claimed a place as one of my favorites. "A ship is safe in the harbor, but that's not what ships are built for." - Gael AttalWhen I came across the quote, I fell instantly in love.

When I was younger, I would have friends and even strangers ask me about homeschooling and why I liked it so much. After a while, I came up with a simple analogy to explain it.
"You know about ships right?" I'd ask. "When a ship builder decides to build a new ship he doesn't build it in the ocean. He builds it in the shipyard. He builds it, shapes it, and prepares it for its purpose. In the…