There’s no great loss without some small gain.
Laura Ingalls Wilder,
Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
The secret of happiness is something to do.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
Fighting the Time Thief
He enters silently, leaving no trace of his having touched me while I slept.
He is without conscience in the damage he inflicts, his only concern is marking me, the next day, the next month, the next year.
Marked with the passage of his unseen hand, I am altered, moment by moment, until I become a stranger in the mirror.
Escape is impossible, Time will own me.
But a truce will be struck in this battle against the inevitable Thief stealing my youth, my vigor, my life.
I shall go gracefully, falling eventually to the winnowing floor.
I shall, however, go with my thumb in his eye when he winks me out of Time.
Could I do less?
Rich and Poor
If life was comprised only of the generous souls,
would our perceptions of kindness be diminished by its constant presence?
Perhaps we are hard-wired to expect the least amount of good in others
so that we can appreciate the gift, even in its paucity.
Sitting at a local book store
my own penned words on display
A woman looking over my books from the corner of her roving eye
Coming close enough now to inspect, but never to light
Not enough food for thought perhaps?
On Being A Writer
Writing is like a boat that you climb aboard
without knowing what your destination is
how long you’ll be on the journey
or who’s manning the wheel.
What an amazing trip!
How cruel, the hand of time
pushing us unresisting, into the arms of an unknown tomorrow
How unforgiving the pressure of decline
Twisting, bending, etching the very passage of our memories
upon the once pristine palates of our faces
But also, how kind the echoes of time
while it makes its journey
carrying us along like kites tied to long, colorful ribbon
floating forward and backwards
always gathering the beauty and shedding the weight of mortality
Remembering loves of yesterday and quickly renewed
by the power of their love having been ours.
I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
“Leaders can change the world if they are willing to take a courageous stand.”
“Accept and acknowledge your own brilliance. Stop waiting for others to tell you how great you are! Believe it for yourself and about yourself.”
“If it is true, if it is beautiful, if it is honorable, if it is right, then claim it.”
“You lose nothing when fighting for a cause… In my mind the losers are those who don’t have a cause they care about.”
“The reality is, you either stagnate or you grow.”
Justice Alan C. Page
“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.”
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I wish you power that equals your intelligence and your strength. I wish you success that equals your talent and determination. And I wish you faith.”
“Hope is faith’s impoverished sister, but it’s a start.”
Maureen Barberio, Gettin’ Out of Bullytown
You may not control life’s circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.
Innovation is not the result of chance, it is the result of action. It is not a thing to wait for, it is a thing to do.
Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.
“At the deepest level, there is no giver, no gift, and no recipient, only the universe rearranging itself.”
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw,
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.
“As long as man is growing, and the sap rises in him, how spacious and pleasant seems to him the World! He stretches out his branches and fancies his head will reach the Heavens.”
Johann Gottfried von Herder
“A red flower placed in a window may expand its influence over all the area of your sight.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“I was raised that emotion was a good thing.”
“When it’s not fun anymore, you need to start investigating and do an inquiry into the relationship.”
may I be I is the only prayer — not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.
The forest is not a collection of entities… it is a place entirely made from strands of relationship