My aunt Laurie found this ceramic Dad-lookalike at a yard sale awhile back and gave it to my parents last summer. Mom keeps it in her garden, I can't help but laugh when I see it perched between plants like a distinguished gnome every time I'm home, and even Dad shakes his head at it and says, "I have to admit. . . ." :)
But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime."
~ "In a Big Country" by Big Country
"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." ~ Charles Dickens
"BE KIND WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE."
~ THE DALAI LAMA
My cat won a photo contest :) ~ November 2010
"If you are any good at all, you know you can be better."
~ Lindsey Buckingham
"What thou lovest well remains,
the rest is dross
What thou lov’st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage."
~ Ezra Pound
"At any given moment, no matter where you are, there are hundreds of things around you that are interesting and worth documenting."~ Keri Smith
"Let us make memories carefully of all good things, rejoicing in the wonderful truth that while we are laying up for ourselves the very sweetest and best of happy memories, we are at the same time giving them to others." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
"There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other's cooking & say it was good." ~ Brian Andreas
"There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing." ~ Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
My Favorite Play, _Arcadia_ by Tom Stoppard
"Years ago, my mother used to say to me --she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be --' She always called me Elwood. 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you may quote me."
~ Elwood P. Dowd in Mary Chase's play Harvey
"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself." ~ Lucille Ball
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France
"Love is, above all, the gift of oneself." ~ Jean Anouilh
"Celebrate people who are in your life-- past and present, close by as well as far away. Thank everyone who contributes to your sense of well-being and joy, whether you know them personally or not. Every day, think of all the people who help make your life so rich and rewarding."
~ Alexandra Stoddard
"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me."
~ Fred Rogers
One of My Dream Homes :)
Another Dream Home :)
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous
My Ongoing Better Health Journey. . . .
"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great, make you feel that you too can become great."
~ Mark Twain
After My First 5K :)
During My First Half Marathon :)
Finishing My Second Half Marathon :)
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ * "Is life worth so much trouble?"
* "It depends what one wants in return."
~ Daughter to Student in The Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg ~*~*~*~*~*~*~
"Joy is not in things; It is in us." ~ Richard Wagner
A favorite needlepoint in my home :)
“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.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.”
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Death: The Final Stage of Growth