Seeing Past Z: Nurturing the Imagination In a Fast-Forward World

p. 44  “We can make peace with the world through our imaginations, or we can locate the best of ourselves. We can formulate questions, tap our way toward knowing. We can intuit, empathize, appreciate, anticipate, find our grace. We can skate on a pond and think we’re flying. We can drive in the dark with music on and know the music’s meaning. We can look at the stranger with the tear in her eye and imagine what she’s thinking. We can clear a path between the actual and the dare, the real and the hoped-for, making something out of nothing, creating what did not exist before…”

It is over. The school year is at an end according to planned vacations, sleeping late, or perhaps just staying put. But, it is a beginning, too. Pedagogical thoughts are wildly scattered; they are taking flight like dandelion seeds after the full bloom – deceptively ephemeral, yet potent.

Choosing Beth Kephart’s book is deliberate. It is the rich, dark soil for memory. A slipping into the past as a touchstone to who I once was – who I remain and who I want to share with my students. A love of the imagination, the beauty of coming into their thoughts slowly. I want to share my love of words that give life to dreams.

This summer as I sit quietly, I will write a script for my students – imagining the life of E.B. White. A life in touch with nature, solitude, and brilliant creativity. I will let them dream something out of nothing that is theirs, and theirs alone. I will offer them a slowness of thought, some words, and a small notebook – all so they can take flight.


Kephart, Beth. Seeing Past Z: Nurturing the Imagination in a Fast-Forward World. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004. Print.

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