Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hello World!

Hi everyone!

I decided that as I have been blogging for the last couple of years with my classes at school, it was time to launch into the wonderful world of blogging myself!
Of course the first battle for anyone who has ventured into this world is finding a name. Now, I am sure it is obvious to you all why someone would cal their blog 'Throw The Starfish'. No? Well it comes from a story which some of you may have heard of or read, but to me sums up what we should all be doing with our life and is especially pertinent to me as a teacher..........

One day a man was walking along a beach when he saw a figure in the distance who appeared to be dancing. As he drew nearer, he could see the man was not dancing but was gently picking up starfish from the beach and throwing them back into the sea.

"Why are you throwing starfish into the sea?"he asked.

"Because they have been washed ashore, the day is getting hot and if I do not throw them back hey will die," replied the dancer.

The man looked around him and saw that the beach went on for miles and miles an that there were many thousands of starfish along its length.

"But there are too many" he protested to the dancer "You can't possibly make a difference."

The dancer smile, picked up another starfish and gently tossed it beyond the waves back into the sea.

He turned to the man and said "I made a difference to that one."

The story has been summarised and presented in many different forms often with no reference to the author. It is believed to be paraphrased from "The Star Thrower" by Loren Eiseley 1907 - 1977.

Anyway, if you have stumbled across my blog please post a comment and share your thoughts - you don't have to agree - It's good to have a different opinion.......then people will talk about you!


  1. Great start Steve.
    I look forward to reading more!

  2. Hi Steve
    Love the 'throw the Star Fish' story.
    So I'm writing from over the Ditch, and the Black Caps are currently beating Bangladesh. Just warming up ready for the Aussies coming over in a couple of weeks. It'll be too cold for the Aussies by then, so I expect they'll freeze and the Kiwis will have their day!
    Good luck with the blog! Di