Lilly Pad Reflections

"Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." - le petit prince

The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do.

October arrived, spreading a damp chill over the grounds and into the castle. Madam Pomfrey, the nurse, was kept busy by a sudden spate of colds among the staff and students. Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days on end; the lake rose, the flower beds turned into muddy streams, and Hagrid’s pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  (via elenamjacobs)

(Source:, via elenamjacobs)


Visit any playground from New York City to New Orleans, from Portugal to Senegal, and you’re apt to see girls playing hand-games. Or, as the girls who play them call them…Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack; or Pat-a-Cake; or Miss Susie Had a Steamboat, to name just a few. 

What’s in a game? Let’s Get the Rhythma documentary film that will be playing at this year’s Margaret Mead Film Festival, explores the hidden-in-plain-sight history of this classic childhood pastime. 

Learn more about Let’s Get the Rhythm, and find other family-friendly offerings at this year’s Margaret Mead Film Festival!

Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.

—Austin Kleon (via bluestockingbookworm)

(Source: observando, via booklover)


september 8 is international literacy day. globally, two thirds of the 775,000,000 illiterate adults, and 63% of the 126 million illiterate youth, are female. the discrepancy is a result of 33,000,000 fewer girls attending primary school than boys. but any child born to a literate mother is twice as likely to be immunized and live past the age of five, and is also twice as likely to receive an education. (sources here)

photos by (click pic) joey l. at a school for hamar girls in labaltoy, ethiopia; muhammed muheisen in pakistan; altaf gadri at an unofficial school run for slum dwellers held under a bridge in new delhi; paula bronstein at a thai refugee camp for burmese refugees; reuters, from a school in bori bana, a slum in abidjan, ivory coast; zohra bensemra from a school at a refugee camp in islamabad; anja niedringhaus at a makeshift school in budyali, afghanistan; kate holt in makuyuni, tanzania; reuters, from a school in islamabad; and lana slezic from a bombed out school in afghanistan. 

(via thegirlandherbooks)