I collect words the way some people collect stamps....
Here are some of my favorites....
What are yours?
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Welcome to another ”ish-ue” of Ishful
Thinking. I’ve been on the road quite a bit lately
doing a lot of exploring, sharing and thinking
about "challenged journeys." From Mexico to the
FEMA camps for Katrina refugees, my mind has been
busy thinking about how we can all use our gifts and
talents to move this world to a better place.
My trip to Mexico to say “gracias” to the Ministry
of Education for buying 160,000 copies of my books
Ish and The Dot was terrific. Public
schools in Mexico are incredibly challenged, but their
government is doing some ishful thinking on how to
improve education there. I am planning on returning
to work more closely with schools, the Ministry, and
some of my good friends there to see what can be
done to help move things forward.
By the way, for
those of you interested in Spanish versions of The
Dot and Ish, titled "El
Punto” and “Casi”, you can
purchase autographed copies from The Blue Bunny,
my book and creativity shop in my hometown of
Dedham. Either call, stop by, or email the store to
For contact info, visit The Blue Bunny website...
Just out! Braille edition!
The Dot Printed in Dots!
It's been very inspiring for me to see my books and
their messages reaching so many children across the country,
and around the world, regardless of age, border, or barrier.
Besides the many world languages The Dot and Ish
have now been published in, I'm excited to announce that
The Dot is now available in Braille as well!
Visit BrailleInk.org for more information...
Louisiana – Rebuilding after Katrina
I was honored to be asked by dynamo-educator
president of Louisiana Association of Computer Using
Educators, Sheryl Abshire, to come share
some “ishful thinking and inspiration” with educators
who have been trying to rebuild after the
devastation to their state. I was impressed with the
energy and creative thinking already happening. Keep
your eye on what is going on in Louisiana. Some of
the best thinking comes from challenged
While there, I was privileged to be invited to
Renaissance Village (a name that conjures
up a luxury condo complex, not a FEMA camp of 3000
refugees). Tommy Cowser, director of the soon-to-
charter school, took me and my fellow FableVision
colleagues on a tour of the trailer city, the make-
shift library and temporary school. We entered a big
tent and an unforgettable evening unfolded. Children
and their families gathered to share song and stories.
My films “The Dot” and ”Ish” were
shown and I followed it up with an interactive talk
which ended up in a big community collaborative
drawing! I also met David Ruffin, who was visiting
from The Children’s Defense Fund in D.C. He’s an
ishful thinker and is part of a great mission.
Learn more about the Children's Defense Fund by clicking here.
“The Community Dot” Activity
Here’s one of many ideas I have heard from
educators sharing how they are using my books in
their classrooms or organizations. A teacher who
wanted to try something a little different for their
school auction had each student in her class paint
and sign a dot on a 3” by 3” piece of water color
paper. She then assembled them all together and
framed them all in a swirly gold frame! Lots of
variations on this theme for classrooms, workplaces,
and families. Have fun!