I’ve been thinking about birthdays because I have several good friends who have March and April birthdays, including my friend Sandra, who is celebrating her 91st birthday. In a book I bought for Sandra—90 and Proud of It, I found this quote from Doris Lessing: “The great secret that all old people share is that [...]
Mary Oliver, in her book Upstream, says that she has learned from the great ones—writers like Shelley and Wordsworth and Emerson. She has learned, she explains, “to observe with passion, to think with patience, to live always caringly.”
Michelle Obama once said, “We learned about dignity and decency—that how hard you work matters more than how much you make—that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.”
“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one,” Maya Angelou once said. My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Maya Angelou’s Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some more of Maya’s wisdom in our next blog post. –Joy
My daughter, Mary Elizabeth, and I were standing in line at the Southwest counter in Seattle when I noticed this quote on a woman’s tote bag. “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is not a cure for curiosity.” I checked online, and the quote can be attributed to Dorothy Parker or Ellen Parr. –Joy
I was leaving the Barnes & Nobles store in a hurry so that I wouldn’t be late to meet a friend when I noticed a book called Quotes That Will Change Your Life by Russ Kick. I paused just a moment and read the title again. Then, I rushed out of the store. Of course, [...]
I love quotes, and I especially love finding a quote—a bit of wisdom—that seems written just for me. Here’s one I found recently while browsing at Barnes & Nobles. “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else,” Emily Dickinson once said. –Joy
All things pass, A sunrise does not last all morning. All things pass, A cloud-burst does not last all day. All things pass, Nor a sunset all night. What always changes? Earth, sky, thunder, mountain, water, Wind, fire, lake. These change…. Take things as they come. All things pass. I recently heard the Children’s Chorus [...]
When I take my morning walk, I’m improving my body and my brain. That’s the fascinating conclusion of Dr. John J. Ratey in his book Spark—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Exercise improves learning on three levels, Dr. Ratey says. “First, it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention and motivation. Second, [...]
Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote at my local elementary school, where I mentor a student. A poster says, “Before you speak, think: Is it true? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind? And, of course, the words—true, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind—spell THINK. –Joy
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