Monday, May 6, 2019

Monday ~ May 6, 2019

Two kinds of ideals are always at work in our lives. There are those ideals that are ultimate and in a very real sense always far out beyond anything that can be achieved. Or as one person puts it, they are like far-off lighthouses whose glow is far away in the distance... There are those ideals that seem to be created out of the stubborn realities, in the midst of which we work and live.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday ~ May 5, 2019

There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by. A life of good days in the senses is not enough. The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its passage is sweet.

(Annie Dillard, b. 1945)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday ~ April 13, 2019

The aim of education should be to convert the mind into a living fountain, and not a reservoir. That which is filled by merely pumping in, will be emptied by pumping out.

(John M. Mason, 1770 - 1829)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Friday ~ April 12, 2019

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bio
the round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

(Li-Young Lee, b. 1957 )

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thursday ~ April 11, 2019

It is very rare to find ground which produces nothing. If it is not covered with flowers, fruit trees, and grains, it produces briars and pines. It is the same with human beings; if they are not virtuous, they become vicious.

(Jean de la Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday ~ April 10, 2019

Lord, bless those hands, the harvesters. Bless the travelers who gather our food, and those who grow it, clean it, cook it, who bring it to our tables. Bless the laborers whose faces we do not see - like the girl my grandmother was, walking the rails home; bless us that we remember.

(Natasha Trethewey, b. 1966)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tuesday ~ April 9,2016

Does the news bother you? Do you worry about things out of your control? Then take the time to concentrate your mind in the acquisition of some new and useful knowledge and stop it from flitting about. By the same token, guard against making the mistake of those who keep themselves so busy trying to gain control that they wear themselves out and lose their sense of direction, having no purpose to guide their actions or even their thoughts.

(Marcus Aurelius, 121 - 180)

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