Best Football Movies

As promised, here’s a list of my favorite football movies. These movies are uplifting and always heartwarming. Sometimes they might be a bit cliche but you can’t help but love them anyway.

1. Rudy

There’s not a more uplifting movie than Rudy. Everytime it’s on cable, I always have to watch it. Everybody loves a good underdog story and this one certainly is an amazing one. It also makes me tear up during that classic scene towards the end. If you’ve never seen this movie, what are you doing with your life?

2. Remember The Titans

This is a heartwarming Disney movie about a high school being desegregated in 1971. Both blacks and whites are also forced to combine their football teams. The white coach gets the shaft when a black head coach takes over the position. The boys and the coaches butt heads and see themselves as being different. It’s really inspiring when the boys start to put aside their differences and become brothers.

3. Jerry Maguire

Show me the money! This one is definitely the best about the business of football. We learn a lot about the personal and business life of sports agent Jerry Maguire. Rod is an older player who makes Jerry yell, “Show me the money!” when Jerry is trying to be his agent. Cuba Gooding Jr. won an Oscar for his role of Rod Tidwell which you can’t help but love.

4. Friday Night Lights

Billy Bob Thornton does a great job playing the head coach of this high school football team which is actually based on a true story. It makes it even better that it’s a true story. The characters are all amazing and realistic. What’s not to love?

5. The Blind Side

Sandra Bullock is absolutely amazing in this role. This is the inspiring true story of NFL offensive linemen Michael Oher. Before he was able to go to the NFL, he had to face many trials in his life including homelessness and poverty. He found a home with the Tuohy family, who have money like Oher has never seen before. It’s hard not to be touched by the kindness and love that this movie has.

Quotes About Learning

As I’ve continued to stress, learning is important, even more so than education. It’s something that we continue to do throughout our entire lives even when our education is finished. So, here are some quotes about learning, which is just a little different from education from some of the greatest minds.

“Any fool can learn. The point is to understand.”- Albert Einstein

“Self-education is, I firmly believe the only education there is.” – Isaac Asimov

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“I am always ready to learn although I don’t always like being taught.” – Winston Churchill

“It’s what you learn after you know it all is what counts.” – Harry S. Truman

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.” – Ernest Hemingway

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” – Phil Collins

NPR Education Articles

NPR is amazing at publishing the best news and general content. They have an education blog that also never disappoints. Recently, they started an ongoing series they call, “50 Best Teachers.” There’s 12 total articles which you can find here. I’m going to link to several different articles that I found the most intriguing.

Any article about Springsteen is automatically one of my favorites. This one doesn’t let me down. It focuses on one particular teacher who finds inspiration from the famous performer. She says that there’s not really one particular method of teaching that she’s been taught. This is a bunch of interesting points and I like hearing about different teachers around the world.

These are all important points about being a good teacher from voices that know what they are talking about. It’s a well put together article and it’s all important things to keep in mind.

NPR talks about movies and how teachers are portrayed in them. They bring up interesting points about a variety of different teachers and their personalities in movies. They talk about the good teachers who are passionate and involved. Such as Robin Williams’ English teacher in Dead Poets Society. In contrast, they bring up the teacher in Whiplash. A movie that was recently released about the relationship between a drummer and his jazz teacher. The relationship goes abusive which is obviously not a good turn of events. I like how many different personalities the articles explores.

All are personal and endearing tales from the readers favorite teachers. They talk about how a teacher’s colorful personality is a large part of the appeal. I love hearing others points of views and experiences.

There’s yet another perspective on real people and the memories we share with the teachers. It’s like Friday Night Lights, only more inspiring and has a much happier ending.

Playlist For Going Places

Here are some songs for those of you that may be going somewhere else over spring break. Even if you aren’t going anywhere, here are some songs about places you might rather be. These are locations all over the world that left a mark on these artists that felt inspired to sing about these various locations. They may or may not call these places home but you can still see the visuals described as you listen to these songs today.

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Best Love Quotes

What can be better than love quotes? Not all that many things. These are my favorite quotes about the messiness and madness that comes with being in love.

1. “You don’t love somebody because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – Jodi Picoult

2. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Stephen Chbosky

3. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – John Green

4.  “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” – Pablo Neruda

5. “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

6. “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough” – Nicholas Sparks

7. “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

8. “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis

9. “Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone’s bad qualities because they somehow complete you.” – Sarah Dessen

10. “I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Songs For Falling In Love

Some of the sweetest and most romantic songs that talk about when you first fall in love with another person. That time is such a magical one and I feel like these songs show that in a beautiful way. Some of the artists included are: Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, and some others as well! I love all of these songs no matter if I’m falling in love or just want to listen to some good music. Regardless of which of these categories you fall into, I hope you enjoy these songs!

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Book of the Month: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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A book that most represents my theme of change for this month happens to be this 2003 release from British writer Mark Haddon. The book is narrated by a 15-year-old boy with Autism who is fascinated with Sherlock Holmes. He becomes fixated on the fictional detective to the point where he makes everything a mystery he has to solve. The main character Christopher, is used to his routine and he becomes anxious when anything doesn’t go according to plan. What I love about this novel is how honest it is. You get to see life through the eyes of someone who’s struggling with something he doesn’t fully understand. He’s not content with who he is but he can’t change it either.

This novel says a lot about change and really puts things into perspective. Autism is something that no one has the ability to control, it’s just something that happens. Since we only see it through his eyes, we don’t get to see firsthand what the other characters in the book think about him and the problems that happen due to his actions. Christopher obviously has to deal with change in his life since we all do. His is just extremely difficult for him to deal with considering his condition.

Beyond the basic concepts of the novel, it also looks at how a change of pace can be really difficult to deal with. We have to cope with things and learn how to accept them as much as we can. Christopher has to deal with the change happening in his life and he has his fair share of encounters with things he doesn’t understand. Such as, him getting blamed for murdering his neighbor’s dog and having an altercation with an officer after due to him reacting since he was afraid. The interesting thing about this particular character is his approach to resorting to Sherlock Holmes mode and playing real life detective. He’s a seriously smart character that we can all take a lesson or two from.