Category Archives: quotations and poetry

there’s magic in the climb

I think parenting young children (and old ones, I’ve heard) is a little like climbing Mount Everest. Brave, adventurous souls try it because they’ve heard there’s magic in the climb. They try because they believe that finishing, or even attempting the climb are impressive accomplishments. They try because during the climb, if they allow themselves […]

so wondrously simple

Being yourself seems like the most effortless thing in the world – duh, who else are you going to be? But it’s deceiving, tricky, a summons laden with meandering and failed attempts – and then at last, so wondrously simple. -Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

very lovely

Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” ~ L.M. Montgomery I loved Anne as a child, with the particular passion of a red-headed girl finding a kindred spirit, and was delighted to find this beautiful line on Tamara Willems’ lovely blog.

a life of noticing

Both poem and painting offer their combined visions – rimed with pathos and irony – as an enduring truth of life: the world often doesn’t notice us. This understanding has been a crucial urge for most of what I’ve written in fifty years. Mine has been a life of noticing and being a witness. Most […]

Look for that pinprick of light

This is your assignment. Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS. Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick […]

both living and dying at the same time

All art holds the knowledge that we’re both living and dying at the same time.  It can hold it. -Marie Howe Every moment of life holds that knowledge, too.

thin places

There is in Celtic mythology the notion of “thin places” in the universe where the visible and the invisible world come into their closest proximity. To seek such places is the vocation of the wise and the good – and for those that find them, the clearest communication between the temporal and eternal. Mountains and […]

what there is

To take what there is, and to use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived – to dig deep into the actual and to get something out of that – this doubtless is the right way to live. -Henry James

stop trying to fix

“Everything slows down when we listen and stop trying to fix the unfixable.” -Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway The hardest thing in the world: Just listening.  Just being there.  Not trying to fix. Abiding.

Alert to the extraordinary

One can learn to be alert to the extraordinary and press pause – to memorize moments of the everyday. – Bill Hayes, Insomniac City