“Can you see the power emotion has to distort our outlook?
Makes you wonder,
did you have a bad day,
or did you make it a bad day.”
“It seems to me that our three basic needs,
for food and security and love,
are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.
So it happens that when I write of hunger,
I am really writing about love and the hunger for it,
and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it…
and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…
and it is all one.”
[ All credit to Phil, who most generously permitted me to use one of his pictures ]
“Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
[ Milan Kundera ]
” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart,
and never forget,
that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man,
all human wisdom is contained in these two words,
‘Wait and Hope.”
[ Alexandre Dumas ]
“I’ve known too many stupid intellectuals to believe that education and wisdom come as a package deal along with facts,
it’s your perspective that counts –
your ability to see differently, not just to see a lot.”
[ Sidenote: I tried finding out more about Mrs. or Ms. Decker apart from her being the author of “Empty Spoon”. The little I found is limited to her having been a white High-School English teacher at a predominantly black High-School. If you know more about her, please let me know. ]
“I’ve learned a lot this year..
I learned that things don’t always turn our the way you planned,
or the way you think they should.
And I’ve learned that there are things that go wrong
that don’t always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before.
I’ve learned that some broken things stay broken,
and I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones,
as long as you have people who love you.”