The Time Is NOW!

When you set a goal and then continually work toward it, you stand in the gap between failure and success.  The “almost did” in your life changes to “is doing”, which in turn breeds all kinds of other success!

Your mental list of what you never even try AND what you attempt and complete will always be in the back of your mind acting either like an anchor that holds you down or an eagle that soars through the sky.

The time to move forward and accomplish your goal is


Whatever is holding you back is most likely a mental perception or mis-perception that you need to change or let go of.

The universe has great things in store for you!  Move forward and accept them!

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Teaching Is More Than…

Teaching is more than just delivering curriculum.  It involves sharing life principles with the students in your classroom.  Yes, when students come to your classroom, they expect you to deliver information about your subject area.  They also hope that in the process you’ll share your experiences and help them connect the subject area information in practical ways to their real-time worlds.

All of your students can read theories and ideas about math, literature, and history on their own.  But… all of them are hoping that you’ll go beyond that and connect tangibility to those ideas.  Your life stories do just that – they put meat on bones and add flavor to bland material.  Without helping them to create personal connections to curriculum, subject area material is inert.  It means very little in and of itself.  When they make personal connections, the material becomes real…it has meaning.

Your purpose as a teacher has to be more than just a deliveryman.  Anyone can do that.  An impersonal, mechanical device can do that.  Your human perspective, your history, your interactions with the past and present are what help make all of the difference in the world to the people you’re responsible for in that classroom.

When you look beyond yourself and into the hearts and minds of your students, you will begin to make a positive, lasting impact that will reach far beyond the walls of your room – it will be carried forward in generations to come.  The ideas, attitudes, respect, and patience will be remembered and passed on to their children, their friends, and the people they lead years from now.  As a teacher, you have the ability to help your students touch the infinite, or you can simply present information in a dry and meaningless manner.  Either way, it’s up to you.

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Damon’s Door (poetry)

Standings pass on languished days
And shadow Damon’s door.
They pause to check if sights are seen
And seek to know the more.

In troubled past do standings walk
And leave behind in trail
The markings of a well-worn way
Where history prevails.

They form the shapes that lead the charge
Of glancing side-to-side
And curse upon the daily draw
All that they take in stride

The standings form; the standings leave
What they touch – they keep
But tucked behind that shadowed door,
Damon’s fast asleep.

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Genevieve’s Well (poetry)

Waltzing in the dreams that surround us
We look into the well that was dug
And see faces looking back up at us
Wondering who we are
And why we’re staring down at them
In their watery home.
Therein lies the truth –
That unreachable root of realization
That Genevieve put on the wall
And blasted to the world.
It now drips through my fingers
Back into the hole of water.
The droplets fall far
As they blend into
The rest of the contained.
Lost in the stare
I forget where she went.
She pulls my hand
And we run back up the hill
To the house.

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Deciding to Send Help (chapter snippet)

“Containment within the realm does not constitute the lack of necessity in reality.  Just because you have lost the ability to reason with purpose and determination, you are still under obligation to provide for the subjects who you rule,” the advisor said.

The young king stared out the window.

The advisor continued, “You have the obligation, and you have the means. “

“But what if I don’t want to?” the young king asked, rhetorically.

“Then you no longer deserve to reign.”

The young monarch quickly turned his head – “What?!”

“…and neither of those two ideas are valid options.”

The king turned his head back toward the window and said irritatedly, “Sometimes you are too harsh.”

“You asked me a question, and I answered…as your friend.”

There was another long silence.

“Thank you,” said the king.

“You’re welcome…so what are you going to do?”

“Send them help.  Pull six men from the south wall and send them out through the north tunnel an hour after nightfall.  When they reach Winterhaven, have them report to Anni-is.  He will direct them from there.”

“Yes, sire.  Oh, and yes – the view is beautiful, today.”

“Yes.  Yes, it is.”

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Perspectives, Cars, Books, and Muses

Fixing family cars for the past few months has given me a different perspective on things in general.  It’s helped me to appreciate mechanics and their work.  It’s also helped me to approach problems and problem-solving from different angles than I’ve been used to with writing, publishing, and teaching.

While I’ve felt like I’ve neglected the publishing part of my life and my readers/fans, I’ve realized that (as with most things) balance is important.  Meaning – when I was pumping out a book a month, I wasn’t necessarily taking care of every other part of life that needed tending to… so, I’m making up for it now!  🙂

That’s fine – once the pendulum swings back toward the middle of the road, more books will come out of the mind and go online.  For now though, writing blog entries will perhaps satisfy the muses and readers’ requests for more content.

Let me know what you think… Marty

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