Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Direction for the New Year

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I love quotations and although I have posted over 600 of my favourite ones here on this blog, I have not exhausted my collection. In fact, my collection has only grown since started this site.

My original goal here was to organize my collection. I wanted to be able to find quotes quickly and easily. I have done that by adding labels to the posts. The handy search bar at the top of the page is also quite the asset.

I have been able to pull up my favourite quotes wherever I am. The are no longer confined to a file on my computer or a printed out copy in a binder.

I love that I have created a rich resource here over the past few years. This past year though, I haven`t been as motivated to update the site on a daily basis. As such, I have decided to do away with my weekly themed posts.

I used to run these features

Motivational Mondays - quotes to inspire
Tube Tuesdays - quotes from television or movies
What Wednesdays - quotes from songs
Storied Thursdays - quotes of and about Story
Anything Goes Fridays - the one day I didn`t choose a theme for my posts

The new focus for 2011 will be to update this site with quotations, images, songs, or videos whenever I feel like it. I may still stick to these theme days. I may not.

I don`t want to be handcuffed and I don`t want this to seem like a chore.

I hope you enjoy the site. I hope you dig through it and find quotes that are useful to you.

Thanks for visiting!
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Stormtrooper Skateboard Art

I really love this art. Skateboarding, graffiti, and Star Wars all in one.

Plus I love the photography here. Pretty awesome!

Reblogged from

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Back to December

This song is beautiful to begin with but what Taylor Swift does live here is mind-blowing. She truly deserves to be on my Top 10 albums of 2010.

Back to December - Taylor Swift.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Comedy for Your Friday

I love this bit from Abbott and Costello.

As a teacher, I have often seen some pretty impressive reasoning in my math class. This one takes the cake though. 13 x 7 = 28 and it makes sense? Weird and funny.

Jeremy Hotz is always good for a laugh!

Hope you enjoy the comedy. If you're in the mood for a mixtape, go to

It's December 10th after all - comedy and mixtapes! What more can you ask for?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kadyelle - Diluted Shadows

Kadyelle is my new favoruite emcee. I absolutely love her album Earthworthy and if you like this track, you can go over to her bandcamp page to get it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Not Done Talking

Doctor Who: "Anyway, that's not the plan."

Dr. Song: "There's a plan."

Doctor Who: "Not yet, I haven't finished talking."

- Doctor Who Series 5 Episode 5 "Flesh and Stone"

This quote speaks to the power of speech and how it can be used in the process of thought. It hearkens back to another favourite quote of mine, 

“I have to engage in endless dialogue before I write,” McLuhan explains, “I want to talk a subject over and over … I do a lot of my serious work while I’m talking out loud to people. I’m feeling around, not making pronouncements. Most people use speech as a result of thought, but I use it as the process.” 

- Fitzgerald, Judith. Marshall McLuhan: Wise Guy. XYZ Publishing: Montreal, 2001. pg 58-59.

I like to talk over ideas too. I find my best ideas actually come through in conversations. I don’t know why this is, but it does seem to be the case. When I read this quote, I knew that I wasn’t alone in this. 

I have solved problems in my class by talking. I have come up with lesson plan ideas through speech. I have come up with behaviour management techniques, routines, and countless other useful things through the process of speech. 

Cool, eh? 

Monday, December 6, 2010

We Are All Teachers

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"We are all teachers: anything we say, at any given moment in time, can affect another's life--forever."

- Lonnie B. Hodge

I hope you enjoy this pearl of wisdom that was posted by one of my followers on Twitter.

Happy Monday Everyone!  
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Slow Down

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Let's bump this tune. It's a good one!

- Eighttrack Mind "Slow Down"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Light and Dark

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"My father often reminded me that despite the power of the sun, it's always night on half of the planet. For all the good you do, there will always be darkness."

- Patricia Swan, character on Smallville from Season 7 Episode 14 "Traveller"
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Monday, November 29, 2010

It's Not A Deal

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"It's not a deal if you don't need it."

- Rubina Ahmed-Haq, Newstalk 1010

This one is for all of us that are working on our Christmas shopping. It's so easy to get caught up in sales or deals.

That's why it's important to adopt this motto. I know that I've bought stuff I didn't really want or need because it was on sale. Hopefully I won't get so easily caught up in that now.

Happy Monday Everyone!
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Today's What!?! Wednesday features the amazingly talented Amanda Diva.

This song is from her upcoming (and apparently last album) Boo! I love her music and want her to keep producing it.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bounce Back From Mistakes

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"We all make mistakes. I'm living proof of that. It's how we come back from the mistakes, that's what matters."

- Clark Kent on Smallville Season 7: Episode 8
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

How Special You Are (and aren't)

"When someone tells you how special you are, all that you can say is: This person given his particular taste and needs, desires, appetites and projections has a special desire for me, but that says nothing about me as a person. Someone else will find me quite unspecial and that too says nothing about me as a person."

- Anthony De Mello. The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of. Image Books,1991. pg 139
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crates to Concrete

"From my beginnings as a studio rap tunes 
Kids cut class but I'd be rapping in my high school bathrooms 
Clap boom with freestyle and mix while
thick tiles, reviberatin' sounds I kicks wild
Whatever worked I rearanged it right
Putting my brain in tight flows
remained in night mode,
it strained til light glows til sunrise,
burnin' my eyes til I'm close so I finished it right,
Yo put up the mic, ah one two, check it check
and yo don't step I keep my memory set
maintained and do I screwed up to get ahead, but like my man said
it's gonna turn from green to red
so bring the breaks for the lyrics tapes so they can hear it
thinks they don't fear it wait til they can clear it
with tapes and the emcee at the mix shows thinkin' in quick flows,
I'm waitin' for my chance to flip prose
Save the drama for your baby mama 
I wrote a comma at the end of ninety one
I'm back to bomb ya kid
you better come correct to streets save the week,
cause we're brining it from crates to concrete.

- Kish "Crates to Concrete" from the 1994 album A Nation of Hoods.

Check out Silent Cacophony today to see the autograph I got from Kish back when this album first dropped.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Being Me is, like, Enough

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"But there are sometimes in my life where being me, right now, where I am, is just like, enough."

- Angela Chase from My So-Called Life

Of course, she is played by the gifted and talented, Claire Danes.

I so love her!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Donkey in the Well

I found this parable on Twitter and loved it so much. It fits in with the Motivational Monday theme too.

Surf on over there and check it out.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sincere Apologies

Sorry that I haven't been updating this blog on a regular basis. I love it, I really do. It's a great collection but I just find myself so bogged down with things lately that updating this blog just hasn't been a priority.

Bear with me, I plan to return here with a vengeance really soon. Until then I will continue to post sporadically. I have been keeping Silent Cacophony running quite well though. Come see me over there in the mean time.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Love is Fire!

"They say love is friendship set on fire. And if you're lucky enough to find someone you can give yourself to, mind, body and soul, you should hold on, and hope like hell you don't get burned."

- Being Erica Season 1, Episode 9 "Everything She Wants"

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lost Sight

Here it is, Muneshine's favourite track from the legendary emcee, D-sisive.

- D-sisive "Lost Sight" Remix

If you like this old school track, check out

D-sisive Then - The university newspaper article / interview I wrote from nearly 10 years ago.

D-sisive Now - The radio interview I did with him earlier this summer.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Why Artists Give Back

"In terms of giving back, Art is not a charity. It's a way of life."

- Marcello Cabezas from an episode of Arts & Minds

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Musicians Tell Stories

"I really haven't had that exciting of a life. There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life. So I pretty much like to make it up. I'd rather tell a story about somebody else."

- Kurt Cobain

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Life is Long

"Some people say, 

'Life is short,' 

that you could get hit by a bus at any moment 

and that you have to live each day like it's your last. 


Life is long. 
You're probably not gonna get hit by a bus
and you're gonna have to live with the choices you make
for the next fifty years."

- I Think I Love My Wife
(transcribed from the motion picture)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Character - Build It Daily

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"Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts-thought by thought, action by action."

- Helen G. Douglas

 Happy Monday Everyone!
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Non-Retrievable Memory

"God only knows how many trillions of memories are stored inside us-memories we’ll never retrieve simply because we don’t have a device that allows us to browse them properly."

- Douglas Coupland The Gum Thief. Random House, pg 193.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Entire Human Community

"Thomas Berry writes . . .

Any human activity must be seen primarily as an activity of the universe and only secondarily as an activity of the individual. . . .

For the first time the entire human community has, in this story, a single creation or origin myth."

- David Leeming. Myth: A Biography of Belief. Oxford University Press, 2002 pg 161

- Original quote taken from Lonergan, Annie and Caroline Richards. Thomas Berry and the New Cosmology. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1988. pg 37

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Teachers Suck

- Tom Green "Teachers Suck"

It's almost back to school time.
Thought I'd share this with you.
Love this track (which is weird since I am a teacher)
But it's funny.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tails You Lose

"In life you are given two ends - one to think with and one to sit on. You success in life depends on which end you use most. Head you win, tails you lose!"

- Senator Conrad Burns (Montana)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Even The Big Man is Still Writing The Story

"God built the world, and on the seventh day He rested. And on the eighth? Perhaps things started to evolve, to change - perhaps God started an endless revision in search of a final story."

- Bryan Russell from the Alchemy of Writing

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Right Way

"The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character."

- M. C. Smith

courtesy of learnthesecret on Twitter

Happy Monday Everyone!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Eternia - Struggle (f/ Wordsworth & Kenn Starr)

I so love Eternia. Check out this older video of hers today. Then go check out the interview I did with her two months ago.

Happy Wednesday Y'all.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Mom, I Can Babysit"

Angela: "Mom, I've been alone with Danielle before."

Patty: "Yes, and I can't help but recall the time you put her in the dryer."

Angela: "Oh Mom! That was so long ago. I can't believe you're still talking about that...Anyway, she begged me to do it."

Patty: "Whoever's idea it was, I don't want to come home and find anyone in an appliance."

- transcribed from the excellent TV Series My So-Called Life

Monday, August 2, 2010

Don't Give Up

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."

- Ella Fitzgerald.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Truth is Hidden Within Us

"Maybe there is a universal truth embedded in everyone's soul.

Maybe we all have the same story hiding inside
like a shared constant in our DNA.

Maybe this collective truth is responsible for the similarity in all our stories.

Truth has a power
and if we all gravitate towards similar ideas,
maybe we do so because those ideas are true,
written deep within is
and when we hear the truth,
even if we don't understand it,
we fell that truth resonate within us,
vibrating with our unconscious wisdom.

Perhaps the truth is not learned by us,
but rather




as that which is already inside us."

- transcribed from the audio book presentation of "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown

Monday, July 26, 2010

Stay Cool

"The trouble with letting off steam is that it gets you into more hot water."

- Anonymous

Happy Monday Everyone!

Stay cool out there!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Silent Cacophony: Eternia Interview

Just testing out the new reblog feature from Blogger...

Silent Cacophony: Eternia Interview: "DOPEfm has always shown Eternia love. She's dropped some classic jams over the past ten years and we always spin her music. I finally got t..."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My New Love

Amy Adams

I've seen you in two films recently
and you've captured my heart. 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sudden Flash of Insight

"If there is any one thing I love about writing more than the rest, it’s that sudden flash of insight when you see how everything connects."

- Stephen King. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Scribiner: New York, 2000. pg 204

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Say Hello, Not Goodbye

- Eternia and MoSS "Goodbye" from the amazing album "At Last"

"Many labels slept on a chick,
 they wouldn't sign me."

I don't get that at all. She is awesome. Go buy her album and support real hip-hop.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I don't have one specific quote to share with you today for Tube Tuesdays. But I did want to point your attention to this movie, Enchanted.

I was completely blown away by this film. It is about a storybook princess who is banished to the "real world" by an evil Queen.

Amy Adams is absolutely perfect in this film. She sounds exactly how you'd expect a storybook princess to sound. She is wonderfully naive in this film as well. I couldn't help but fall in love with her.

The story is quite well done. It's a warm fairy tale that winds together everything we know about fairy tales in a novel way. If you have kids, watch it with them.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Stories Are Useful Tools

"Stories are the most helpful tools a child has for sorting this all out. Stories have authority. Stories normalize. Stories model behaviour and feeling. Stories model the power to make stories – a power that children must develop in order to manage their own particular individual worlds, the ones seen through their own unique eyes."

- Joseph Gold. Read For Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: Markham, 1990. pg 153

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Got A Man

Remember this jam from way back in the day. Positive K "I Got a Man" from 1992.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Strange Wiring

"We're not only wired to want what we can't have, but we're also wired to want what we really don't want."

- Ally McBeal, television series

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fruits of Your Labour Can Produce Stars

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"You can't have the fruits without the root."

- Stephen Covey

In other words, put in the work. You need to plant the seeds, nurture the plant, and tend to it to see results.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Canadian Hip-Hop Heads Need To See This

"They call me the Godfather of Canadian hip-hop, but I’ve been studying Shad, studying D-Sisive, I’ve been studying Saukrates. I’m a student of hip-hop – that’s how we grow."

- Maestro Fresh Wes

This is an amazing post and video that every Canadian hip-hop head needs to check.

I've only taken one small piece of it to post up on Anything Goes Fridays. Please click the link to see and read more.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This Female MC is Amazing!

I've been a fan of Eternia since I first heard her about ten years ago. I recently met her and conducted an interview that will be posted on Silent Cacophony soon. I tell ya, if I wasn't a fan before that, I love her even more now. She was such an awesome person to talk to.

Her new album, At Last with producer MoSS came out yesterday. It is simply amazing. I love it.

If you like this video, please go out and support two amazing artists by buying their album. MoSS has been making a lot of noise lately producing some bangers for quite a few different artists.

I hope you enjoy this video.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Promise

"The world is no longer a romantic place. Some of its people still are, however. And therein lies the promise... Don't let the world win, Ally McBeal."

- Ally McBeal. Season 1 episode 6 "The Promise"

Monday, June 28, 2010

Run Through Open Doors of Opportunity

"An open door is very inviting! It always poses an opportunity in disguise. Once we take a step through a door, a new world is opened to us."

- Deb Austin Brown. Growing Character: 99 Successful Strategies for the Elementary Classroom.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Sorry I haven't been posting much here lately. I've been extremely busy with the radio show and the last week of school. I hope you've been well. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hit the Wall

Here's a video from one of my favourite rappers, Kyprios. Enjoy!

"Lately, Hey,
I get up thinking I'm gonna fall,
Can you save me, Hey,
From myself before I hit the wall,
Although I ain't really been myself at all,
Trying be the man that I am and stand tall,
Can you save me, Hey,
From myself before I hit the wall,

How you gonna say it when you playing yourself,
You're critics don't write you ain't believin the hype,
You in a fistfight boxing with your shadow,
Stuck in yesterday you ain't thinkin bout tomorow,
Yesterday is gone and better days are far away
you got a million brilliant thoughts and not a single thing to say,
I need to speak to God but even he's fronting,
Cause I only talk to him when I need something,
I'm needing him now I need a new style of who to be,
I try to buy new clothes but none of them look good on me,
Women, Alchohol, Tylenol, Feel the hangover,
Next day same damn battle different soldiers,
And It's over, I'm gettin older hells hot cold world even getting colder,
It's over, I'm gettin older hells hot cold world even getting colder,

Man I'm gonna hit the wall,
Bounce around like an open bar,
Sh*t I'm gonna hit the wall,
I hope it ain't it front of ya'll,

I'd write a better story if I had enough ink,
And I would chain us back together if I had the missing link,
Outsider, I love to be insider her,
Now I'm outsider, Nowhere for this spider,
Cause I'm a liar but I'll suck it all up,
And everybody told me Kyprios you'll f*ck it all up,
And they were right, With the stereotypes
I used to be the type of MC your stereo liked,
But I'ma loser whose a getting old,
Life is but a stage and I'm forgetting my role,
You take a drink then the drink takes you,
You only get one chance there is no take two,

(See I'm feelin like the anti-hip-hopper,
I can't say I'm the sh*t, when I'm feeling like sh*t,
And I'm hitting the wall)

I got no moves I ain't feelin alright and this isn't my hit I might say goodbye,
I need a piece amount of teams even pieces look free,
I'd rent a little piece of heaven if you'd lease it to me,
You kick it tonight until it bleeds to life,
But I'm sick of this sight without the will to fight,
(Latley), My whole shit is going crazy but I can take a jog cause it won't take me,

(Can you save me)"

- Kyprios "Hit the Wall"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Good Repartee

"Here is what Star Helmer, vice president of Harlequin, said about her books:

Good repartee is something that people generally talk about why they like romances, if they’re getting into specifics.  Most people when they’re angry and they’re getting in an argument do not have the witty, precise comebacks.  You usually think about it two days later and say, oh, you know, why didn’t I think of it?"

Joseph Gold. Read For Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: Markham, 1990. pg 298

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wedding Funeral

What?!? Wednesday this week is featuring Ivan Ives "Wedding Song"

It's the fifth release for his "First of the Month" project. He releases a new song and video on the first day of every month. Support it if you like it and go buy his stuff. I've been copping all these on iTunes. One dollar a month is manageable isn't it?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Maybe Love is Like Math...

Amy: "Maybe love's like math. You don't get better at it but you just get used to it. Simple equations with the occasional variable.

Ephram: "I hope not. I suck at math."

- Everwood television series.

I hear ya, Ephram. I really do. 

Friday, June 4, 2010

We Need that Illusion

"No words were more important than the warm tone of that voice as it told me, without speaking, that my grief meant something to him, that my life as a complete stranger meant something to him.

It seemed like so little, but it was everything. In the end, that’s all we ever really need. To face whatever that may be, we need nothing more than the occasional illusion that our life means something to someone who knows nothing about us."

- Monique Proulx. The Heart is an Involuntary Muscle. translated by David Homel and Fred A. Reed. Douglas & McIntyre Ltd, 2003. pg 129

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Moral Instruction in Story Form

"Jesus knew this value of stories as related to experience very well, and put his moral instruction into story form."

- Joseph Gold. Read For Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: Markham, 1990. pg 163