Archive for the ‘The Gift’ Category

The Gift

June 18, 2008

“We make a living from what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill

The Gift – Extra: Happy Father’s Day!

June 15, 2008

Three bits of wisdom, to honor and remember fathers on this special day:

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”

Charles Wadsworth

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”

Clarence B. Kelland

“Any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad.”

Sometimes attributed as an Italian proverb.

The Gift

June 15, 2008

“Life is precious.
I will use this day well.
I will live with nobility and dignity.
I will live my life with trust.”

From the book, The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology, by clinical psychologist and former Buddhist monk, Jack Kornfield


The Gift

June 14, 2008

“Whether the body is broken or unbroken …it’s truly the spirit that matters.”

Matthew Edward Bailey, my son, comforting his tired weary mother….and reminding her of what’s really important in life. More times than we know, our kids are our teachers…..

The Gift – A Summer Sunshine Extra!

June 11, 2008

Well the temperatures have been over 100 degrees F for the last few days. If that isn’t enough to make the lilies in the backyard open their blossoms, nothing will. I’ll post more pics tomorrow, and even give you some new pics of the now “middle-school aged” goslings. Soon they will leave “cute” behind and become “gawky teens” with feathers sticking through fuzz. So for new pics, see tomorrow.

For now, a summer sunshine extra – “Opening Lilies.” Enjoy!

The Gift – A Nobel Prize Winner’s Personal Item: Broken Pieces

June 11, 2008

From the private effects of Nobel Prize winner: chemist, Gertrude B. Elion, a simple framed poem:

Broken Pieces

Have you ever wondered about
The perfection that you are?
Have you ever, even for one instant,
Contemplated
The intricate network
Of race and color,
Of beliefs through time
That it took to produce
You,
One whole unique and sculptured
You?
Have you ever wondered
In your quiet moments
The collection of priceless
Broken pieces
That it took to have
You
Here in this moment?

– Antonia JoanMarie Catherine Bernard, May 8, 1991

The Gift

June 9, 2008

Well, after yesterday’s gift post about sunrises, I was in the mood for a sunrise picture. Alas, the closest I had on hand was a picture of a sunset. I’ll need to get more pictures and next time get a sunrise.

But, no worry for now. I mean if you’ve waited through darkness to make it to enjoy the sunrise, then no doubt you can hang around long enough that next day to enjoy the sunset as well.   🙂    So, a sunset to enjoy, after the joy of the sunrise.

The Gift

June 8, 2008

“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.”

Author Unknown

The Gift – A CNN Video Extra

June 7, 2008

I got up this morning to see the CNN webpage article:New RFK Funeral Train Photos, Something’s Happening Here.

Some of the photos are new, some are already on my other post. The power of this video is listening to the man give his, even today, emotional eyewitness account of what it felt like to be on that train and see all those people along the entire journey:

” young, old, black, white, yellow, all there together driven by one concern, a love hopefully for a great man and a loss of their future. Bobby Kennedy at that time made a lot of people believe that it wasn’t only the rich who had a great time to be in America, America was for everybody, everybody had a chance. It was an incredibly emotional train ride. It was unrelenting.”

The Gift

June 7, 2008

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Martin Luther King, Jr.