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LIT 140: Tuesdays with Morrie

Posted by Ms. Herr on 06.5.2008

Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom

 

» kissing…good-bye earn[s] you extra credit

» tension of opposites: life is a series of pulls back & forth. like a pull on a rubber band. which side wins? love wins. love always wins.

» the key to finding meaning in life is to stop taking out the garbage

» why are we embarrassed by silence? what comfort do we find in all the noise?

» you don’t need speech or hearing to feel [friendship]

» without love, we are birds with broken wings

» offering others what you have to give. …your time. your concern. your storytelling.

» one cannot be spared the grief of loss by grieving before loss

» in the beg of life… [&] the end of life, you need others to survive, right? but here’s the secret: in between, we need others as well.

» “I’m bargaining with Him up there now. I’m asking Him, ‘do I get to be one of the angels?’”

» have you ever really had a teacher? 1 who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, w/ wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine?

1 more inspired by the relevance of local events

» “death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Tuesdays with Morrie … adieu @AzBill http://is.gd/cLy

and the wisdom of another on the impending loss of my grandmother 

» one cannot be spared the grief of loss by grieving before loss

 

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4 Responses to “LIT 140: Tuesdays with Morrie”

  1. Leverne said

    Why are we embarrassed by silence?
    Silence makes us think. Sometime you don’t want to think, just do.
    What comfort do we find in all the noise? In the womb, a baby is surrounded by noise. We are developed to accept noise as the norm. While “white noise” is welcomed in an office setting or library.

    Leverne
    sccbookcorner

  2. » why are we embarrassed by silence? what comfort do we find in all the noise?

    As I am not embarrassed by silence (journalism and waiting it out with people who don’t like silence helps) I was drawn to the second question. I still welcome the comfort in noise but I believe it’s often to drown out other noise; noise that I want to deal with but NOT now.

    And I’m finding the attempt to drown noise instead usually creates loud floundering splashes.

    >» one cannot be spared the grief of loss by grieving before loss

    I’ve often wondered about this, I have a parent left (who is in fine health). I’ve come to the conclusion that grief preemption does not spare anything, instead it unnecessarily extends the grief and misery for all involved.

    - Temple

  3. I like the idea that kissing goodbye can earn you extra credit but then again I wonder why people need extra credit?

  4. “» why are we embarrassed by silence? what comfort do we find in all the noise?”

    We are embarrassed by silence because silence is raw. Silence exposes…

    Unlike many I purposefully resist the pull of silence to speak or make a sound. I want the raw, it helps me to get closer to me, and consequently you.

    Do you feel it?

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