Sunday, December 16, 2007

There is neither heaven nor earth, only snow, falling incessantly. —Unknown

(For more about snow, see my other blog, "It's All About....")

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

For a marriage relationship to flourish, there must be intimacy. It takes an enormous amount of courage to say to your spouse, "This is me. I'm not proud of it -- in fact, I'm a little embarrassed by it -- but this is who I am." —Bill Hybels

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. —G.K. Chesterton

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Only mediocre people are always at their best. —Anonymous

Friday, November 16, 2007

To see far is one thing: going there is another. —Constantin Brancusi

Sunday, November 11, 2007

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again. —Judith Viorst

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Unanswered questions are not nearly as dangerous as unquestioned answers. —Anonymous

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. —Howard Thurman

Sunday, October 07, 2007

There is no security quite as comfortable and undemanding as the kind you feel among old friends. —Peter Bodo

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Responsibility is the price of greatness. —Winston Churchill

Friday, September 28, 2007

How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven. —George MacDonald

Thursday, September 27, 2007

If it can't be fixed by duct tape or WD-40, it's a female problem. —Jason Love

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A pause in the wrong place, an intonation misunderstood, and a whole conversation went awry. —E.M. Forster, Passage to India

Saturday, September 01, 2007

We all are worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm. —Winston Churchill

Friday, August 31, 2007

You do it a day at a time. You write as well as you can, you put it in the mail, you leave it under submission, you never leave it at home. —James Lee Burke

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

If you don’t have a parent or an adult, a teacher or a mentor … really see you, really love you, "Yes, there are things you do I don’t like, but you’re fantastic, you’re good enough. I love you." If that never happens to a child, the child assumes it’s her fault and tries to compensate for it, —Jane Fonda

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Well, allow me to introduce myself to you as an advocate of Ornamental Knowledge. You like the mind to be a neat machine, equipped to work efficiently, if narrowly, and with no extra bits or useless parts. I like the mind to be a dustbin of scraps of brilliant fabric, odd gems, worthless but fascinating curiosities, tinsel, quaint bits of carving, and a reasonable amount of healthy dirt. Shake the machine and it goes out of order; shake the dustbin and it adjusts itself beautifully to its new position. —Robertson Davies

Monday, August 27, 2007

Love is a friendship set to music. —Joseph Campbell

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew. —Guillaume Apollinaire

Saturday, August 25, 2007

One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO List every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day. —Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695)

Friday, August 24, 2007

We are pretty complacent about vaccine-preventable diseases, primarily because the vaccines are so effective we rarely see the diseases. It's kind of out-of-sight, out-of-mind. —David Neumann

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration. —Rudolf Nureyev

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The adventure of composition is a mystery. The Muse has her ways, she hides from you, comes for you in the middle of the night, at midday, at dawn. You must believe wholeheartedly in this divine power. It's an elusive gift that can appear at any time, anywhere. Artists are in awe of it. —Mickey Hart

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love. —Claude Monet

Monday, August 20, 2007

Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where you backbone ought to be. —Clementine Paddleford

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. —Kurt Vonnegut

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Goethe said, 'Talent is developed in privacy, ' you know? And it's really true. There is a need for aloneness which I don't think most people realize for an actor. It's almost having certain kinds of secrets for yourself that you'll let the whole world in on only for a moment, when you're acting. —Marilyn Monroe

Friday, August 17, 2007

I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking. —Woodrow T. Wilson

Thursday, August 16, 2007

I may grow rich by an art I am compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor. —Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. —Bill Gates

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. —Mignon McLaughlin

Monday, August 13, 2007

What [causes] the greater part of the world's quarrels? Simply this: Two minds meet and do not understand each other in time enough to prevent any shock of surprise at the conduct of either party. —John Keats

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Delay is preferable to error. --Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, August 11, 2007

In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes. --Elizabeth Ashley

Friday, August 10, 2007's such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And loves dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure.
—"Under Pressure,"
David Bowie & Queen

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest. —Father Larry Lorenzoni

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning. —Lewis Thomas

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Leaving a legacy is about so much more than just your own family. —David Trotter

Monday, August 06, 2007

A smiling face is half the meal. —Latvian Proverb

Saturday, August 04, 2007

If it's truly a family reunion, there isn't a selection process. That was decided a long time ago, so you have to invite everybody. —Edith Wagner

Friday, August 03, 2007

In cities no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely. —Geoffrey Fisher

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. —Life's Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge. —Brooks Atkinson

Monday, July 30, 2007

It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane. —Charles Lindbergh

Sunday, July 29, 2007

There is no security quite as comfortable and undemanding as the kind you feel among old friends. —Peter Bodo

Saturday, July 28, 2007

You cannot hold back a good laugh any more than you can the tide. Both are forces of nature. —William Rotsler

Friday, July 27, 2007

Satan's first attack on man was to make him doubt God's kind intent. —Dr. Marilyn Birch

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. —Mother Theresa

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. —Aesop

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

...In the good providence of God, apparent failure often proves a blessing. —Robert E. Lee

Monday, July 23, 2007

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people. —Kin Hubbard

Sunday, July 22, 2007

One of the signs of true repentance is a gracious acceptance of the consequences. —Marcia (me)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare. —G. K. Chesterton

Friday, July 20, 2007

The gift of the family novelist is to turn the cleaning of a closet into an inventory of love and loss-to scan a poem from a shopping list. —Marilyn Gardner

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Jesus reserved his hardest words for the hidden sins of hypocrisy, pride, greed and legalism. —Philip Yancey

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Vision without action is Hallucination. —Don Clifton

Monday, July 16, 2007

Nothing is too wonderful to be true. --Michael Faraday

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said "This is mine," and found people naive enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. —Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Scrubbing and cleaning can wait 'til tomorrow,
For babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep,
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.
—Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

Friday, July 13, 2007

No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal. —Bill Cosby

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life. —Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The man and woman who can laugh at their love, who can kiss with smiles, and embrace with chuckles, will outlast in mutual affection, all the throat-lumpy, cow-eyed, couples of their acquaintance. Nothing lives on so fresh and evergreen as the love with a funnybone. —George Jean Nathan

Monday, July 02, 2007

God is who He says He is
God can do what He says He can do
I am who God says I am
I can do all things through Christ
God's Word is alive and active in me
I believe God!
—Beth Moore

Monday, June 18, 2007

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. —Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning. —Thomas Alva Edison

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense. —Tom Clancy

Friday, June 15, 2007

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. — Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. — Thomas Mann

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Here's to matrimony, the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented! —Heinrich Heine

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. — Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, June 11, 2007

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. —E. L. Doctorow

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. —Victor Hugo

Saturday, June 09, 2007


I'll be too busy to post for the next few days, so here's (almost) a week's worth. Make it last.... Don't make pigs of yourselves!
I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people happy;they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor. —Martin Luther

Friday, June 08, 2007

Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw. —Fran Lebowitz

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The grass is always greener...where you water it. —Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants. —Jessamyn West

Monday, June 04, 2007

In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. —Edith Wharton

Sunday, June 03, 2007

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. —Irish Proverb

Saturday, June 02, 2007

If your project doesn't work, look for the part that you didn't think was important. —Arthur Bloch

Friday, June 01, 2007

However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks. —Havelock Ellis

Thursday, May 31, 2007

There's no place like home, except Grandma's. —Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

When you have completed 95 percent of your journey, you are only halfway there. —Japanese Proverb

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink. --George Orwell
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. —Susan Heller

Monday, May 28, 2007

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. —Mark Twain

Sunday, May 27, 2007

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stands a broader mark* for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure, too. —Benjamin Franklin

*broader mark = larger target, a reference from dueling

Saturday, May 26, 2007


What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. —T.S. Eliot

Friday, May 25, 2007

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! —Anne Frank

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Watching your daughter leaving with her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla. —Jim Bishop

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't. —Richard Bach

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength. —Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Monday, May 21, 2007

The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman. —Jonathan Swift

Sunday, May 20, 2007

We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes. —Amos Bronson Alcott (Louisa May Alcott's father)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals. —Unknown

Friday, May 18, 2007

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. —Peter Marshall

Thursday, May 17, 2007

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. —St. Francis of Assisi

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. —Jane Howard

Friday, May 11, 2007

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. —Erma Bombeck

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. —Ralph Nichols

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

When you travel, you experience,...the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations...and on most journeys you don't even understand the are like a child just out of the womb. You begin to attach...more importance to the things around you because your survival depends on them. You begin to be more accessible to others because they accept any small favor...with great delight, as would remember [it] for the rest of your life. —Paulo Coelho

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity. —James Thurber
An ethical person ought to do more than he's required to do and less than he's allowed to do. —Author Unknown

Saturday, April 28, 2007

After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life. —Evelyn Underhill

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure. —Author Unknown

Saturday, April 14, 2007

There is a strength of a quiet endurance as significant of courage as the most daring feats of prowess. —Henry Tuckerman

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Not all those who wander are lost. —J.R.R. Tolkien

Monday, April 09, 2007

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. —George Bernard Shaw

Sunday, April 08, 2007

But Christ has been raised to life! And he makes us certain that others will also be raised to life. —The Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:20

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Choices are the hinges of destiny. —Edwin Markham

Friday, April 06, 2007

There are moments in your life when you really miss someone, that you want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real. Hope you dream of that someone. — Author Unknown

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Maybe surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel all alone
I just wanna go home
Oh I miss you, you know
—from "Home",
performed by Michael Buble

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Those who are in the Lord never say goodbye for the last time. —Scottish Proverb

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Kissing is like drinking salted water: you drink and your thirst increases. --Chinese Proverb

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Much of the distress we experience as Christians comes not as the result of sin, but because we are ignorant of the laws of our own nature. For instance, the only test we should use to determine whether or not to allow a particular emotion to run its course in our lives is to examine what the final outcome of that emotion will be. Think it through to its logical conclusion, and if the outcome is something that God would condemn, put a stop to it immediately. —Oswald Chambers

Monday, March 19, 2007

Do caterpillars know they are going to be butterflies, or does God surprise them? — Bil Keane, Family Circus

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

A Blast From the Past

Got a quote today--a long one! Last night, I suddenly remembered this classic poem that my dad used to read to me when I was a kid. He wasn't real demonstrative when I was growing up, (He got better!) but there was never any doubt what he was saying when he read this to me.


The Children's Hour
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,

Comes a pause in the day's occupations,

That is known as the Children's Hour.

I hear in the chamber above me

The patter of little feet,

The sound of a door that is opened,

And voices soft and sweet.

From my study I see in the lamplight,

Descending the broad hall stair,

Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,

And Edith with golden hair.

A whisper, and then a silence:

Yet I know by their merry eyes

They are plotting and planning together

To take me by surprise.

A sudden rush from the stairway,

A sudden raid from the hall!

By three doors left unguarded

They enter my castle wall!

They climb up into my turret

O'er the arms and back of my chair;

If I try to escape, they surround me;

They seem to be everywhere.

They almost devour me with kisses,

Their arms about me entwine,

Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen

In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!

Do you think, o blue-eyed banditti,

Because you have scaled the wall,

Such an old mustache as I am

Is not a match for you all!

I have you fast in my fortress,

And will not let you depart,

But put you down into the dungeon

In the round-tower of my heart.

And there will I keep you forever,

Yes, forever and a day,

Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,

And moulder in dust away!


I love you too, Daddy!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The longer I live, the more faith I have in Providence, and the less faith in my interpretation of Providence. -- Jeremiah Day

Friday, January 12, 2007

Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.--Sam Levenson

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day. -- Gene Perret

Monday, January 08, 2007

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. -- Eskimo Proverb

Sunday, January 07, 2007

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. -- Desmond Tutu

Saturday, January 06, 2007

When you live with another person for 50 years, all of your memories are invested in that person, like a bank account of shared memories. It’s not that you refer to them constantly. In fact, for people who do not live in the past, you almost never say, “Do you remember that night we...?” But you don’t have to. That is the best of all. You know that the other person does remember. Thus, the past is part of the present as long as the other person lives. It is better than any scrapbook, because you are both living scrapbooks. - Federico Fellini

Friday, January 05, 2007

Repeat - hope you understand

Life has become a little less sweet, death a little less bitter, heaven a little more real. — Puritan Proverb (variation)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. -- Mark Twain

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. -- Clarence B. Kelland

Tuesday, January 02, 2007



My parents were in a car wreck today. My dad didn't make it. My mom's being lifelined to a major hospital.


thank you
If suffering brought wisdom, the dentist’s office would be full of luminous ideas. — Mason Cooley

Monday, January 01, 2007

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past. — Henry Ward Beecher