Thoughts

August 2022

  • Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. — Henry James

July 2022

  • Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.  — William Shakespeare
  • Summer breeze makes me feel fine. — Seals & Croft
  • Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. —Ronald Reagan

June 2022

  • This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath. ― Margaret Atwood
  • When I look at wildlife and nature, I don’t see feather, fur or tail coverts, I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behaviors and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures.  Charley Harper (needlepoint artist)
  • June is bustin' out all over. Oscar Hammerstein

May 2022

  • Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A veteran does not have that problem. Ronald Reagan
  • The only way to do great work is to love what you do. —Steve Jobs
  • Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory. — Dr. Seuss

April 2022

  • Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. — Marilyn Monroe
  • Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. — Langston Hughes
  • It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. Rainer Maria Rilke

March 2022

  • Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" — Robin Williams
  • May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields,
    And, until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
    —  Irish Blessing

  • I wish you a beautiful new month from the first day of this month to the last day. —  J. K. Rowling

February 2022

  • February is the shortest month, so if you’re having a miserable month, try to schedule it for February. —  Lemony Snickett (author Daniel Handler)
  • Without Valentine’s Day, February would be…well, January. —  Jim Gaffigan
  • Groundhog found fog. New snows and blue toes. Fine and dandy for Valentine candy. Snow spitting. If you’re not mitten-smitten, you’ll be frostbitten. By jing-y feels spring-y. —  The Old Farmer’s Almanac

January 2022

  • Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one. – Brad Paisley
  • It's a new dawn
    It's a new day
    It's a new life,
    for me,
    And I'm feeling good.
    – Nina Simone
  • Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. – Oprah Winfrey

December 2021

  • “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” — Maya Angelou 
  • “What with the sights of brilliantly decorated trees, the sounds of familiar hymns and songs, and tastes of fresh-baked cookies and other treats, and above all the long-anticipated visit from St. Nick, Christmas for children is a time unlike any other. That is true for grownups as well, of course; the joy and meaning of Christmas only deepen as we grow older.” — President Ronald Reagan, 1987
  • “At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years, passed, it fell silent for all of them... Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe." — Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

November 2021

  • “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” — Henry David Thoreau
  • "There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter." — Barack Obama
October 2021
  • “I believe in loyalty. When a woman reaches an age she likes, she should stick with it.” — Eva Gabor
  • “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  • “When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween.” — Unknown

September 2021

  • “September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift. Every life has a purpose. And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11.” — Bill Frist, Senator  
August 2021 (my favorite month of the year!)

  • “If there’s heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.”  —Jimmy Buffet
  • "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." —Sam Keen
  • "All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer... one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doing, come as near perfection as anything can come in this world." – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

July 2021

  • "In my car, my dog is no longer fat and slow.  He is a god.  He is a fast, beautiful, drooling god." — 1999 Audi ad
  • "I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free."  Rosa Parks
  • "It's a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do."  Walter Winchell

June 2021
  • “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” — Albert Einstein

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