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#WQWWC #53: Candles or Lights

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#WQWWC #53 – Topic: Candles or Lights

Candles provide light, so I added that topic to the WQWWC topic of the week.

Definition: a cylinder or block of wax or tallow with a central wick that is lit to produce light as it burns.

Synonyms: taper · sconce · tallow candle · wax candle · Christmas candle · votary candle · paschal candle · wax light · glim · rush candle · rushlight · bougie · cierge

Definition Lights:  the brightness that comes from the sun, fire, and from electrical devices, and that allow archaic: 12th century, meaning defined above

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Today, along with #WQWWC, I’m combining Tina’s Lens Artist Challenge – “You Choose” along with Terri’s Sunday Stills – “Metalic Taste.” I also want to include Journeys with Johnbo’s Cell Pick Sunday Challenge Jez’s Challenge, “Fan Of.”

My Candles and Lights Choices for This Week

I’m a fan of candles, but I’m terribly allergic to the scent of candles. We got rid of most of our candles when we moved. They don’t store well in 80-100 degree storage units!

I know, I know. I should have thought about that months ago when I came up with this topic list. Just in case some of the rest of you might have the same problem, I added in the topic of lights. Here is a slideshow of the Prescott lights around Courthouse Square which I took Saturday when Vince and I showed our friend, Carmen visiting from California, around Prescott.

All these pictures are taken with my iPhone 12. Carmen has the new 13 and is adamant that I shout trade mine in. Of course, I also need an air fryer, and a new TV, since ours went on the fritz while she’s been here. So, I’m sticking with my year-old technology.

Thank you, Tina and Lens Artists for giving us a choice this week. Thank you all for being so kind as to commenting on my posts. You all work very hard at hosting the Lens-Artist Challenge, and I hope you feel appreciated.

“The teacher is like the candle which lights others in consuming itself.”

– Giovanni Ruffini

As a teacher I love the idea of this quote, but I don’t agree with it. Think about it. The poor teacher works her fingers to the bone teaching her students burning the midnight oil. She or he comes to school, presents the lesson, helps the children through the difficulties in learning, and goes home beat and burned-out, and the students go home shining and bright with new knowledge.

Sure, that’s one scenario which is in most cases true – teachers get tired.

Any teachers out there? Is that REALLY all that happens?

“A thousand candles can be lighted from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

The next quote more accurately describes what happens inside of a teacher, in my opinion. A synergy, a spark goes from the student to the teacher after transmitting knowledge and watching children learn and make the knowledge their own. The next thing you know the student has figured out something the teacher never thought of. Exhilaration follows, not a burned-out candle, but a bonfire.

This kind of experience in teaching happens especially during hands-on or project-based learning when the students are demonstrating their learning through some sort of a project. The student shines their own light, and the teacher reflects it and bathes her or himself in pride.

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.”

– William Arthur Ward

The true measure of learning takes place when the student owns it. That’s why I loved History Day so much. The students might have started out with an assignment, but as they learned about their topic, and refined the topic to fit the year’s theme, they had to ask questions to surmise what happened and why. They often interviewed relatives of the main subjects, the subjects themselves, or college historians. When they presented their projects to the judges, they often had conversations as peer historians. The wick burned brightly.

“If you have the knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”

– Margaret Fuller

The circle of learning is complete.

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

– Anne Frank

I like this quote. Since Vince is teaching Carmen to play poker while I finish my blog for tomorrow, I decided to light my one non-smelly candle and take some pictures of metal for Terri’s challenge.

What, a red metal truck?

This was Vince’s favorite of all the pictures I took tonight. The reindeer is held together with metal, so he fit the theme as well.

Now it’s your turn.

Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with quotes. Have a wonderful holiday season, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  1. Hi – that red metal truck photo was a great shot – and my top quote today was “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness” – by AF


  2. I also got rid of a lot of candles recently, Marsha, I think I just got tired of them and wanted a change. I do like your lights. I bought some new ones this year for our dining room and Christmas tree.


    • Thanks, Jez. I love going to events and beautifully lit places like that and having my iPhone handy. The snowflakes are new this year, and it really brightened up the walkway to the Courthouse.

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  3. Scented candles make my eyes very sore, so I tend not to bother. In fact, we have several small battery operated ones which look quite nice glimmering amongst the Christmas decorations. I have a couple of nice pillar candles, just ‘for show’, but you can’t actually see them at this time of year because they’re hiding behind the Christmas cards. Thank you for your wise words and constant, positive presence in my blogging world. Wishing you the happiest of festive seasons and a wonderful 2022.

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    • Thank you Jo. I love the battery operated candles. We got rid of so much stuff when we moved that we are sort of starting over. This is our first Christmas in our new home. We had snow this morning. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Lots of love and best wishes, my friend.


      • We are flying to England for just 3 days, Marsha, if all goes well. An opportunity to spend Christmas with the youngsters that we didn’t have last year and who knows about next. Carpe diem 🤗💕

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        • I hear you! We never thought this would last so long, and now we think it will never go away. Who knows? I’m so glad you are getting to see your kids. We are going to fly to CA to see our friends and drive the circle to Sacramento to see the kids in January. Only a short time with everyone. 🙂 Happy and safe trip. 🙂 Lots of love and hugs.

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  4. Lovely post Marsha – I like how you tied the candles and teaching together and how perfectly all of your quotes fit that partnership. I was a teacher for one year and I despised it. I figured the kids were better off with a teacher who loved it so I left and entered the business world and never looked back. But I can tell you that the teachers I had who inspired me were life-changing. The one teacher I had who loved her students and her subject was so influential that I ended up majoring in her subject (French) in college, and my college French teachers were fantastic. I ended up using my French in my business career quite a few times.

    I’ve never heard of anyone being allergic to a scent! How bizarre – interesting that there are scent-free candles. Who knew?! Finally thanks for the L-A link and lovely recognition. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

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    • I know, it’s crazy to be allergic. I blame my dad, but he’s beyond reproof! LOL I loved teaching but moved to consulting as I got older.

      I took French, too. I did not excel, but I enjoyed it all through high school and one year of college. I didn’t have a good use for it. It helped me learn Spanish, which helped me learn Spanish. I taught a bilingual fourth grade class for about five years, then worked for Migrant Education for another five. I think every should have the opportunity to learn at least one other language. It expands our ability to make connections contrary to what some people think that learning one language makes you forget another.

      Thanks for all you do. Have a wonderful holiday season. 🥰🥰🥰


  5. Oh, lovely words you have gathered for us, and photos too. I’m not a teacher but they resonate. My favourite photo was of the candles on the wall. They look like a door! How unfortunate that you are allergic to their scent.

    And finally, thank you for featuring my post where celebration was of a different kind.

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    • Thanks, for your kind words. My dad worked in asbestos when I was young. He was allergic to scents also. It has gotten worse as I age. I can enjoy them for a while, but then I take them outside or close them up, in the case of candles. The good news is that I’m not allergic to my pets. That would break my heart! 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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