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I guess thinking about anthrax has made me philosophical...

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.
-- John W. Tukey

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
-- W. B. Yeats

Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only the particular thing he is studying at the time.
-- John Dewey

Look to this dayŠ In it lies all the realities and verities of existence, the bliss of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power. For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today, well-lived, makes every yesteday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
--- Sanskrit Proverb

**Whether you believe you can or you can't, you're probably right.

**The elevator to success is out of order. You have to take the stairs, one step at a time.


The Path of Life

As raindrops gather in the hills and flow into a stream
So do the droplets of our hopes come together in our dreams
And forge a little creek and then a river that runs strong
Flowing down this path of dreams toward everything we long.

Friendship, health, adventure come so easily it seems
As we barrel toward the sea on the rapids of our dreams
Romance and excitement--success we have that too
As we move with confidence on a path that seems so true.

But the path of life and not of dreams it seems is not so straight
Obstacles abound and divert us from our fate
Rocks and wind and stormy days block us from our end
And our river must change course before it flows downhill again.

But maybe on those stormy days our true course can be found
For the path of life and not of dreams is not straight but is round
A cycle of discovery that renews itself each day
Revealing life's true splendor in a million special ways.

So savor every obstacle that you may come upon
Seek new paths with joy and your own true way may dawn.

Mark Warschauer
Moscow, fall 1991

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