So I’m cleaning out starting with my bags of paper which include several magazines.  I can let some of them go once I share the little gems of wisdom I found.

“What I expect from my male friends is that they are polite and clean.  What I expect from my female friends is unconditional love, the ability to finish my sentences for me when I am sobbing, a complet and total willingness to pour their hearts out to me, and the ability to tell me why the meat thermometer isn’t supposed to touch the bone.”  Anna Quindlen, Living Out Loud

“Democracy is the conviction that there are extradaordinary possibilities in ordinary people.”                                          Harry Emerson Fosdick in Harper’s Monthly Magazine (11/25)

“Working in that intensive care unit gave me countless tales, and some unfortunate memories are burned into my brain.  But it wasn’t some catastrophic moment that taught me one of the most powerful lessongs of my life.  I learned that unbelievably awful things can and do happen.  In truth they are not such rare isolated events.  Each of us has a story that would break someone’s heart.  Despite the grief and the unfairness of it all, we keep going.  There are chores to be done.  There are people who still need our care.  There is a life to be led.

… I realized that regardless of heartache, we may choose the moments in which we live.  On that day, I learned that love creates a tremendous capacity for grace.  And perhaps it is that grace that keeps us moving forward.”                  Aldra Robinson


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