Closed Off

“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.”
– Marva Collins

Closed Off

2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

There’s something quite unapproachable about this window.  If yesterday’s window was a comfortable old house dress, this one just says “don’t come inside”.  If it were a woman, it may be a woman who has been hurt and needs time to reflect from within, before opening the shades to the world.  All tidy and composed on the outside, yet what lies beyond the shade is anyone’s guess.

About Marva Collins

American educator Marva Collins pioneered progressive education for disadvantaged children. She was born in Alabama in 1936 and in her 20’s moved to Chicago, where she founded a school for children who were at risk. After one year, every child tested at least five grades higher. Many public schools have successfully implemented her methods. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and Good Morning America and she recieved the National Humanities Medal from President Bush in 2004. She believes every child is a winner until someone convinces him or her too thoroughly otherwise.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. asmalltowndad
    Mar 16, 2010 @ 14:52:45

    although very warm in colors, a closed shuttered window brings a little mystery and wonder. Very nice!


  3. lesliepaints
    Mar 16, 2010 @ 09:55:43

    My guest bed at my Mom’s and Dad’s home in Tucson before they passed on. This is a dead ringer for one of the windows to my room when I would visit my parents. The sun hit that side of the house so hard in the mornings, you kept the shutters closed. Her shutters were as pictured here. They were blinds but made of woodand you closed them like doors. In the afternoons, we would open them again. That helped to not overwork the swamp cooler that cooled the home. 🙂 This is a perfect example of windows and how they look on the sunny side in most homes in Tucson, anyway! Lovely window, Beth!


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