"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Monday, April 27, 2015

X's

Dr. Seuss is famous for his "X" creations. His ability to appeal to a xenophile (one attracted to foreign things) and his lessons for those with Xenophobia (fear or maybe even hatred of strangers or of anything that is foreign to them) are apparent in all of his creations. However, one of my favorite examples comes from If I Ran The Zoo:

And when I've caught him,
Then the next thing you know
I'll go and I'll capture
A wild Tick-Tack-Toe,
With X's that win
And with Zeros that lose.
He'll look mighty good
In this Zoo of McGrew's.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wisdom

Todays Seuss-ism comes from My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers and deals with recognizing wisdom:

My uncle ordered popovers from the restaurant's bill of fare.
And, when they were served, he regarded them with a penetrating stare.
Then he spoke great words of wisdom as he sat there on that chair:
To eat these things, said my uncle, You must exercise great care.
You may swallow down what's solid, but you must spit out the air!
And as you partake of the world's bill of fare, that's good advice to follow.
Do a lot of spitting out the hot air. And be careful what you swallow.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Voice

Todays Seuss-ism comes from Horton Hears a Who and serves to remind us of how important the individual voice is, but also how deafening collective voices can become.

This", cried the Mayor, "is your town's darkest hour!
The time for all Whos who have blood that is red
To come to the aid of their country!", he said.
"We've GOT to make noises in greater amounts!
So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!"

This could be a great encouragement to get citizens to vote. Make sure your VOICE is heard!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Unexpected

Dr. Seuss often encouraged us to expect the unexpected. His books by definition could be a lesson in the unexpected - with his own vocabulary and fun catchy phrases, he has unexpectedly delighted children around the world. Todays Seuss-ism comes from Marco Comes Late:

I heard a strange 'peep' and I took a quick look
And you know what I saw with the look that I took?
A bird laid an egg on my 'rithmetic book!

Embrace the unexpected!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Truth

Todays Seuss-ism come from And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and is a reminder to tell the truth:


Stop telling such outlandish tales.
Sop turning minnows into whales.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Strengths

So many of the good doctors tales dealt with finding inner STRENGTH. Todays Seuss-ism comes from Happy Birthday to You!

 
"I am what I am! That's a great thing to be!"
 
Stop using the excuse "I can't" and focus on what you "can."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Read

Todays Seuss-ism comes from I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!