Archive Of Today's Thoughts

Sep 20, 2018:
"Gratitude, respect, friendship -- funny how it's never called loyalty when there's actually a reason for it."

Sep 19, 2018:
"If you would spread your faith, you must exude your faith.  The best advocacy is not merely persuasive, it is contagious."

Sep 18, 2018:
So I said to myself, "There but for the grace of God, go I," only to realize that I was looking in a mirror and had seriously overestimated the grace of God.

Sep 17, 2018:
"You can plan a picnic, hoping for a sunny day, but sometimes a sunny day just pops up and requires your immediate attention."

Sep 16, 2018:
"Persuasion is the gentle art of planting a thought in someone's head just before it occurs to them." 

Sep 15, 2018:
"I refuse to regret based on what I know now, there being so much to regret based on what I knew then." 

Sep 14, 2018:
"It's not about finding fun things to do.  It's about finding someone in whose company, it's all fun." 

Sep 13, 2018:
"Most people who have an opinion about everything have actually just one opinion that applies to everything." 

Sep 12, 2018:
"There is a final stage in the relaxation of morals where everything is offensive but it doesn't offend anyone." 

Sep 11, 2018:
"You can live the same life happily with trust or unhappily with suspicion." 

Sep 10, 2018:
"There is something in human nature that falls into the traps suspicion sets but keeps the promises trust never asks." 

Sep 9, 2018:
"I would gladly go back and travel the road not taken, if I knew at the end of it, I'd find the same set of grandkids." 

Sep 8, 2018:
"You can be sure that someone who ridicules others in your presence ridicules you in their presence." 

Sep 7, 2018:
"There is no bridge to excellence.  It is a tightrope you walk over a sheer and sudden drop into the ordinary." 

Sep 6, 2018:
"There can be heroism in the moment, but courage is always in the day-to-day." 

Sep 5, 2018:
"As important as keeping a grasp on reality is keeping a grasp on possibility." 

Sep 4, 2018:
"The ultimate regret is to realize that what you asked of life was never sufficient to make you happy." 

Sep 3, 2018:
"The thing about punctual people is that they are reliably punctual, whereas people who are always ten minutes late are never reliably ten minutes late." 

Sep 2, 2018:
"A good time to pause and reexamine your life is when you find yourself supporting the devil because he shares your goals." 

Sep 1, 2018:
"There's a limit to how much you can change to be liked for who you really are." 

Aug 31, 2018:
"Let me put it this way -- nothing ever brings me back to reality that doesn't remind me why I left." 

Aug 30, 2018:
"I dunno, it just seems that God-fearing people don't fear God as much as they used to." 

Aug 29, 2018:
"A nod of recognition today to all the jobs that magically do themselves -- and to the women who do them." 

Aug 28, 2018:
"When I am gone, my love, do not look for me in the places we used to go to together.  Look for me in the places we always planned to go to together." 

Aug 27, 2018:
"Yes, there are reasons why no one could ever love you -- and someone to love you exactly for those reasons." 

Aug 26, 2018:
"The end of the world?  I suppose it's when there's no one left in your life to tell you it isn't." 

Aug 25, 2018:
"You can look ahead to happiness, and you look behind at it, but it's so hard to notice it to your left or right." 

Aug 24, 2018:
"Though you lose all hope, there is still hope -- and it loves to surprise."

Aug 23, 2018:
"You get to an age when no matter what happens, you wish someone would put a stop to it."

Aug 22, 2018:
"It is not unreasonable to have faith in that which is necessary for your happiness."

Aug 21, 2018:
"As a dispenser of goods and services, government is a vending machine that swallows every other quarter."

Aug 20, 2018:
"Life is a series of adult choices, most of which life will try to get you to make before age 21."

Aug 19, 2018:
"Never wonder if you did the best you could without allowing for the possibility that you did."

Aug 18, 2018:
"Another day, another chance that the happiness you don't dare to seek will wander into your comfort zone."

Aug 17, 2018:
"Just as darkness is the absence of light, ignorance is the absence of knowledge, and should not be mistaken for a point of view."

Aug 16, 2018:
"Do I believe in miracles?  Let me put it this way -- I believe in miracle workers."

Aug 15, 2018:
"So often the idea that something's stopping you is an obstacle illusion."

Aug 14, 2018:
"Pure evil does not promote itself as evil but as purity."

Aug 13, 2018:
"You see three people together these days and you wonder if they're conspiring against the government -- and if not, why not?"

Aug 12, 2018:
"Be careful of what you become in order to acquire things, because one day the things you acquired will be gone, and you will be left only with what you've become." 

Aug 11, 2018:
"You can say that success is a matter of luck, but there are two kinds of luck --  the luck of the draw and the luck of taking the pot without showing your hand." 

Aug 10, 2018:
"I long ago decided to be a first-rate me, although being a second-rate somebody else might have paid better." 

Aug 9, 2018:
"The key to doing fun things in retirement is have a spouse who has already bought the tickets and already made the reservations." 

Aug 8, 2018:
"The hardest thing we ask of love is to trust after having been certain." 

Aug 7, 2018:
"Life is short, but think how much shorter it would be if it didn't include things that can't possibly be happening." 

Aug 6, 2018:
"I am thankful for my dream -- that elusive butterfly I have chased all my life -- and thankful that it was elusive enough to last a lifetime." 

Aug 5, 2018:
"If you are not on your guard, putting on your unhappiness in the morning can become as instinctive as putting on your clothes." 

Aug 4, 2018:
"A common justification that probably won't work on Judgment Day is misquoting the Sermon on the Mount." 

Aug 3, 2018:
A good friend is someone who can detect the cry for help in the words, "I'm okay." 

Aug 2, 2018:
"A rule I try to follow is to never let my day be ruined by something that wouldn't matter to me otherwise." 

Aug 1, 2018:
"Yes, commitment requires energy, but, fortunately, it is the best known source of it." 

Jul 31, 2018:
"You have to decide what your duty is, otherwise others will decide for you, and they will all be experts on the subject." 

Jul 30, 2018:
"By the time a person who has a hundred reasons has given you two of them, you realize there isn't going to be any good one." 

Jul 29, 2018:
"One of the assumptions in the battle against illegal immigration is that somewhere in the world there's a country whose borders were established legally." 

Jul 28, 2018:
Today's bit of free advice: "Never say anything in public that you are hearing for the first time." 

Jul 27, 2018:
Asked to account for his long life, the old-timer said, "I have never missed an opportunity to save my breath." 

Jul 26, 2018:
"Life is an educational process you can't opt out of.  You either learn the lesson, or you become the lesson." 

Jul 25, 2018:
"There is a point in every success story where the quest becomes the reality and going home again the impossible dream." 

Jul 24, 2018:
Sign at a petting zoo:  "Adults must be accompanied by a child." 

Jul 23, 2018:
At a time when so many have a sense of impending doom, I like a definition of optimism I once heard -- "a sense of impending salvation." 

Jul 22, 2018:
If I try to do the right thing, it is not so that people will say, "Thank you,"  but so that people will say, "I figured it was you." 

Jul 21, 2018:
"Ah, yes, the real me -- someone I'm reasonably sure my parents would never have let me play with." 

Jul 20, 2018:
"Most of the necessary jobs in life are done by people paid half of what a man would be paid to do the same thing." 

Jul 19, 2018:
"In the end, the best gift you can give your parents is some small evidence that they did something right." 

Jul 18, 2018:
"I've learned this -- that if you're ever going to take on a challenge, you're going to take it on before you're ready." 

Jul 11, 2018:
"Yes, sometimes we fall short, but you don't normally climb a ten-step staircase without falling short nine times." 

Jul 10, 2018:
"May it be said of you that you had your shortcomings but being stopped by your shortcomings wasn't one of them." 

Jul 9, 2018:
"A good test of one's personal credo is to recite it and see how far you get before you start misquoting Scripture and misinterpreting the Constitution." 

Jul 8, 2018:
"Be the master of your fate, be the captain of your soul, but do not hesitate, should the chance arise, to be the slave of your heart." 

Jul 7, 2018:
"One learns to ignore criticism by first learning to ignore applause." 

Jul 6, 2018:
"The challenge of every day is to establish some relationship between what you want from life and your Daily Planner." 

Jul 5, 2018:
"Why do I sometimes let my emotions get the better of me?   For the same reason I let it rain last Tuesday." 

Jul 4, 2018:
"No matter what you accomplish in life, a part of you still sits at a curbside, still hearing the drumbeat of a distant parade, still waiting for it to turn the corner." 

Jul 3, 2018:
"I have been humbled by praise, and I have been humbled by whiffing on the first tee, and, I dunno, it's different." 

Jul 2, 2018:
"What would I do with 15 minutes of fame?  Seek a secluded spot and hope to ride it out." 

Jul 1, 2018:
"There are few decisions man has made about animal welfare where it wouldn't have more judicial to recuse himself." 

Jun 30, 2018:
"The tricky thing about cowardice is that it loves to pose as the common sense thing to do." 

Jun 29, 2018:
"We are born with an instinct for self-preservation, the purpose of life being to find a motive for it." 

Jun 28, 2018:
"Set your hopes for the young no higher than your example." 

Jun 27, 2018:
"One of life's regrets is how few goodbyes you say compared to the number of people you never see again." 

Jun 26, 2018:
"Few are humble, for it requires a self-esteem that few possess." 

Jun 25, 2018:
                           On Searching For Happiness

"How little you know
As you follow its track
How much of the search
Will be circling back." 

Jun 24, 2018:
"The surest way to become the person you were meant to be is to take upon yourself to mean it." 

Jun 23, 2018:
"You have to believe there's a little good in everyone, although it is startling, sometimes, just how little." 

Jun 22, 2018:
"The difference between chance and destiny is that chance is more likely to be chiseled in stone." 

Jun 21, 2018:
"We are all multiple personalities, sanity being the knack of settling on one spokesperson." 

Jun 20, 2018:
"If you have to get down on your knees to beg for justice, what will you do for mercy?" 

Jun 19, 2018:
"Nothing supports evil like the assumption of good people that there is some sort of line it will not cross." 

Jun 18, 2018:
"The principal social grace is to just find the other person interesting." 

Jun 17, 2018:
"No one lacks a hope and a prayer who somewhere has a mom still praying and a dad still hoping." 

Jun 16, 2018:
"No one is indispensable.  You live, you die, and everything you thought was your fault goes right on happening." 

Jun 15, 2018:
"I like friends who, when you tell them you need a moment alone, know enough not to stray too far." 

Jun 14, 2018:
"I dunno, you get to a point in life where you'd settle for life, liberty and the pursuit of can't complain." 

Jun 13, 2018:
"If you only believe what you know for sure, you do not understand the purpose of belief."

Jun 12, 2018:
I see the smiling faces in old family photos, and I'm thinking there ought to be a caption: "Based on what we knew at the time."

Jun 11, 2018:
"There is no such thing as a list of reasons.  There is either one sufficient reason or a list of excuses."

Jun 10, 2018:
"Is it so much that love asks -- that one day you be its strength and the next day its babe-in-arms?"

Jun 9, 2018:
"Do things while you can and while they matter to you, because neither is a permanent state of affairs."

Jun 8, 2018:
"The longer the list of reasons, the less likely that it includes the real one."

Jun 7, 2018:
There are people who never say, "In my opinion... ."  They say, "The reality is... ." when the reality is, it's their opinion.

Jun 6, 2018:
It's generally a good idea not to say "I love you" if there's something you don't mean by it.

Jun 5, 2018:
"On the one hand, I'd like to expect the best from everyone I meet.  On the other hand, that would make me a cocker spaniel."

Jun 4, 2018:
"Let me put it this way -- I don't know everything, but the older I get, the less I have to hear to know the rest."

Jun 3, 2018:
"Last I heard from my destiny, it wanted me to go one-quarter mile and make a legal U-Turn."

Jun 2, 2018:
"You can make the best of today and work for a better tomorrow, but why not make the best of yesterday and work for a better today?"

Jun 1, 2018:
"Nothing in life is so overestimated as the number of temporary  fixes you will get a chance to revisit."

May 31, 2018:
"It's amazing the relationship you can build on just being two people willing to take a chance."

May 11, 2018:
"If loving you less would make you happy, do you suppose your mom wouldn't try?"

May 10, 2018:
"Every believer in chance is just one chance meeting away from believing in destiny."

May 9, 2018:
"One of life's mysteries is how people who never listen can be so misinformed."

May 8, 2018:
"Just when you think you've lost all interest in life, you lose a quarter in a vending machine."

May 7, 2018:
"I've learned this about the graceful exits you make in life -- they are 10% grace and 90% exit."

May 6, 2018:
As I told the telemarketer: "I'd love to give everyone in the world a minute of my time -- and I'd love to live the 13,318 years it would take."

May 5, 2018:
Ignorance hides under many an alias, often with an "ism" at the end of it.

May 4, 2018:
"In public I am who others need me to be.  In private I am who I need me to be.  Who am I really?  Doesn't matter.  Not needed."

May 3, 2018:
"The time to give up and try something new is when every other choice is clearly easier."

May 2, 2018:
"There is a state of denial called hope which is usually more productive than the state of denial called despair."

May 1, 2018:
Sometimes the words, "I miss you" are the "I love you" you never heard.

Apr 30, 2018:
"It is not given to the human heart to love less in order to love equally."

Apr 29, 2018:
"One of the harder transitions in parenting is learning to knock on a door to which, for so long, you had the key."

Apr 28, 2018:
"There's the hard way and the easy way.  The thing about the hard way is that you don't usually waste your life looking for it."

Apr 27, 2018:
"It is wisest, at times, to do nothing and explain it by saying nothing."

Apr 26, 2018:
"It is hard to reason with someone who regards truth as one school of thought."

Apr 25, 2018:
"It is difficult to accomplish anything, when, if you don't, that's okay, too."

Apr 24, 2018:
You can't please everyone, but you can generally please the people who say "Please."

Apr 23, 2018:
"Charisma is the knack of leaving people wondering what wonderful thing they did that you must have heard about."

Apr 22, 2018:
"The hero and the coward have this in common -- that each thinks they did what anyone else would have done."

Apr 21, 2018:
"Honor is something you never think about until you fancy it's been attacked, whereupon you dig it out of mothballs, air it out and defend it to the death."

Apr 20, 2018:
"Yes there are people who take me for granted, and in a world of suspicion and distrust, I consider that an accomplishment."

Apr 19, 2018:
Darwin called the appearance of flowers in evolution "an abominable mystery."  So even if you doubt an intelligent designer, there seems to be evidence of a Florist.

Apr 18, 2018:
"On the whole I would not wish to live a dog's life, except for the times when you show up to help and are told to go lie down."

Apr 17, 2018:
"When it's a chorus against a lone voice, you can usually take a wild guess which is telling the truth."

Apr 16, 2018:
"You can awaken each day to obligations you never chose, or you can decide today to choose them."

Apr 15, 2018:
"What counts in the end is how we treat each other in practice, never mind that we despair of the human race in theory."

Apr 14, 2018:
"To listen only to self-interest, and shut out your conscience, is to gerrymander your own mind."

Apr 13, 2018:
"If you're having one of those days when nothing seems worth doing, there's a list of things worth undoing you can get started on."

Apr 12, 2018:
"One thing about parenting is the flexible hours, which can be any arrangement totaling 24/7."

Apr 11, 2018:
"No kid ever enters his or her teen years with a well-thought-out exit strategy."

Apr 10, 2018:
"Be reluctant to judge a person whose shadow you have never cast."

Apr 9, 2018:
"The trouble with having  a physical body is that people know you're in there somewhere."

Apr 8, 2018:
"There's fact, and there's fiction, which is a good thing, because it's hard to explain anything using just the one."

Apr 7, 2018:
"The tricky thing about cowardice is that it loves to pose as the common sense thing to do."

Apr 6, 2018:
"It would be sad, at the end of your life, to look in the mirror each day and see the only person you forgot to please."

Apr 5, 2018:
"There are reasons why no one could ever love you -- and you can be sure that those who love you know them all.

Apr 4, 2018:
"I had this dream.  It was my memorial service, and friends were fondly recalling the things I used to complain about the least."

Apr 3, 2018:
"I remember well the road I took -- and the friends I traveled with.  Did we ever get to where we were going?  That I don't recall."

Apr 2, 2018:
"It's a basic life choice -- you can travel the interstate and do text stops, or you can take the scenic route and send postcards."

Apr 1, 2018:
"Never lose hope, because miracles happen, and they need something to work with."

Mar 31, 2018:
"There are three dimensions of time, two of which contain better days."

Mar 30, 2018:
"The lesson of Good Friday is to never lose hope -- or at least give it the weekend."

Mar 29, 2018:
"There is in every truth a wise saying, and in every contradiction, two wise sayings."

Mar 28, 2018:
"You don't have to have an opinion about everything, and if you do, not everyone needs to know what it is."

Mar 27, 2018:
"We find hope the way we find happiness -- by giving it to someone else and borrowing a little of it back."

Mar 26, 2018:
"A modest goal for any day is to make everyone you encounter feel a little less invisible."

Mar 25, 2018:
"Finding out that what we've always believed isn't true seldom changes what we've always believed."

Mar 24, 2018:
"Loneliness?  It's like when a stranger gives you the time of day, and you wonder if might deepen into love."

Mar 23, 2018:
"Life is a series of things that seem to be your fault, when it's that damn butterfly flapping its wings in Mongolia."

Mar 22, 2018:
"The one chance to repair a reputation for dishonesty is while you are the only one who knows about it."

Mar 21, 2018:
"It was the usual love match -- he thought she was perfect, and she thought he was perfectible."

Mar 20, 2018:
"Seems like nothing ever brings you back to reality that makes you want to stay there."

Mar 19, 2018:
"The proof that you are loved is not that your perfections are praised but that your imperfections are defended."

Mar 18, 2018:
"If you spend your life waiting for a chance, you are spending your chance waiting."

Mar 17, 2018:
"The trouble with letting trivial things ruin your life is that they keep getting more trivial."

Mar 16, 2018:
"All I ask, if they start investigating my finances, is to let me know if they find any."

Mar 15, 2018:
"Love is a decision you might wisely reconsider, if it were a decision, and you could reconsider it, and you were likely to be any wiser."

Mar 14, 2018:
"Imagine, in the first winter, the odds you could have gotten against the first spring."

Mar 13, 2018:
"It is perhaps unfair to hold against someone the very thing that attracted us to them in the first place."

Mar 12, 2018:
"There is no fonder memory of anyone than of the things that made them happy."

Mar 11, 2018:
"We all want to be liked, often mistaken for wanting to be understood."

Mar 10, 2018:
"The best evidence that you're doing the right thing is that it isn't easy."

Mar 9, 2018:
"There are things happening today that don't make sense, and you dread the sense they would make if they did."

Mar 8, 2018:
"I've been looking over the list of spring chores I made up last fall, and darned of they aren't fall chores, after all."

Mar 7, 2017:
"The best things in life are not only free, they take less trunk space."

Mar 6, 2018:
"It is only when we have a child we cannot love enough that we realize why our parents loved us too much." 

Mar 5, 2018:
The conclusion, "Nobody cares," is always based on an insufficient sampling. 

Mar 4, 2018:
"The object of most prayers is to wangle an advance on good intentions." 

Mar 3, 2018:
"Before you discourage a child, recall your own childhood and consider what damage to your self-confidence you now believe was temporary." 

Mar 2, 2018:
"Sometimes I wonder -- maybe faith is what you get when you appeal to reason and accept its answer." 

Mar 1, 2018:
"As a rule of thumb, the more abusive your adversary, the more likely you have the right adversary." 

Feb 28, 2018:
When truth, logic and common sense are all against you, about all you can do is cry "Conspiracy!" 

Feb 27, 2018:
"It is futile to blame our unhappiness on someone who doesn't care, and so we blame it on someone who does." 

Feb 26, 2018:
"In a world of self-confident bluster, do not underestimate the sexiness of being quiet and unassuming and, at times, seeming a little lost." 

Feb 25, 2018:
"How do you find love?  You just keep showing a brave face to the world, and one day it melts someone's heart." 

Feb 24 2018:
"Shall I subtract each day of my life from some imaginary allotment of days left?  No, on the contrary, I shall add each day of my life to my treasure of days lived, and each day my treasure will grow, not diminish." 

Feb 23, 2018:
Despite all the new safety alerts in cars, nothing has ever replaced someone in the passenger's seat shouting, "Dear God!" 

Feb 22, 2018:

"Most often the person for whom we would climb any mountain and swim any sea would settle for a little conversation at dinner." 

Feb 21, 2018:

"We tend to cherish the things for which we have sacrificed, none more than the lie for which we sacrificed the truth." 

Feb 20, 2018:

"If the good Lord had intended me to make excuses for who I am, He would have given me better excuses." 

Feb 19, 2018:

"Nothing we feel entitled to ever comes to us in sufficient abundance to make us happy." 

Feb 18, 2018:
"Beware a belief that has long withstood the test of not being challenged." 

Feb 17, 2018:
"A partial action is better than a full intention."

Feb 16, 2018:
"I would rather be mortal and know that death is inescapable than be immortal and know that life is inescapable. "

Feb 15, 2018:
"We don't get to choose happiness over sorrow.  We get to choose a full life over an empty one -- and take what it brings."

Feb 14, 2018:
"Some say that true love is a mirage.  Seek it anyway, for all else is surely desert."

Feb 13, 2018:
"We are, each of us, a private soul hiding behind a public mask, complaining that our public mask gets no understanding."

Feb 12, 2018:
"To achieve great success, you must not only ignore your critics, you must ignore friends telling you you're doing the best you can."

Feb 11, 2018:
"A good part of leadership is interpreting blank looks as agreement."

Feb 10, 2018:
"Eventually you realize that nothing that benefits you and you alone benefits anyone,"

Feb 9, 2018:
"Never mind what the world expects of you.  It is too low a standard to be concerned about."

Feb 8, 2018:
"Ever get the feeling that sometime early in your life there was a briefing you missed?"

Feb 7, 2018:
"About all you can do as a parent is to make the recommended mistakes at the recommended age and trust to God."

Feb 6, 2018:
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" -- a reason, every so often, to break it.

Feb 5, 2018:
"The attraction of a lie is that it invites us into an exclusive club, whereas the truth welcomes all."

Feb 4, 2018:
"A relationship is in trouble not when the passion goes but when the everyday courtesies go."

Feb 3, 2018:
"They are Godseekers both, the churchgoing believer and the pilgrim to an unknown shrine."

Feb 2, 2018:
"One rule I try to follow is to never say anything in public that I am hearing for the first time."

Feb 1, 2018:
"Politics is always about what to do when the right thing to do is a non-starter."

Dec 17, 2017:
"What I remember most fondly about childhood is that there were explanations for things -- and they were fascinating."

Dec 16, 2017:
"Today let us acknowledge all the jobs that magically do themselves -- and the women who do them."

Dec 15, 2017:
"It's nice to know the definition of love, but it's probably more important to know the definition of partner."

Dec 14, 2017:
"Sweeter than any success is having someone you can't wait to tell about it."

Dec 13, 2017:
"Essential to happiness, I believe, is the ability to discard your regrets once they have served their purpose."

Dec 12, 2017:
"You can wait for a miracle, but it's generally a better strategy to meet it halfway."

Dec 11, 2017:
"Shall I sit in a sunlit present, recalling a moonlit past, or shall I envision a starlit future?"

Dec 10, 2017:
"To grow old with a loving companion is to outlive all your regrets."

Dec 9, 2017:
"If you will keep your eyes open for it, there is always some gosh darn thing that will restore your faith."

Dec 8, 2017:
"If it makes you feel more like a fool than a saint, then you probably did the right thing."

Dec 7, 2017:
"You don't become beautiful in someone's eyes by being beautiful but by finding the someone."

Dec 6, 2017:
"If a wedding were a sales agreement, marriage would be in the fine print."

Dec 5, 2017:
"The worst thing about reacting to slights and snubs is not that it magnifies trivial things but that it enlarges small people."

Dec 4, 2017:
"In the end we're the person we pretend to be.  It is the person we thought was pretending who only existed in our mind."

Dec 3, 2017:
"Never explain -- until you meet that one special person who understands your inner soul, and then, well, God help them."

Dec 2, 2017:
"There are days I just like to devote to things that don't require any devotion."

Dec 1, 2017:
"There are many reasons to marry, marrying for marriage being the most prudent."

Nov 26, 2017:
"In an age when manners and civility have gone the way of dressing for dinner, you begin to understand why people dressed for dinner."

Nov 25, 2017:
"One advantage of age is knowing when some crazy new idea won't work because it never has."

Nov 24, 2017:
"We live in unusual times.  There has always been hypocrisy, but rarely does it come out of hiding and parade down Main Street."

Nov 23, 2017:
"Lord, we gather as a family to thank Thee for all Thy blessings, most especially for making us this family and granting us this gathering."

Nov 22, 2017:
"A Happy Thanksgiving to all, especially to grandmother, be she the welcoming host, or the honored guest, or the treasured memory."

Nov 21, 2017:
"You wonder if somewhere on Thanksgiving Day there is a gathering of the departed where they raise a glass to those left behind."

Nov 20, 2017:
"So often the search for happiness takes you down a familiar street to an old address."

Nov 19, 2017:
"In a day and age when all manner of things are believed against contrary evidence -- hey, why not believe there's a little good in everyone."

Nov 18, 2017:
"Nothing today is so little appreciated as the moral character it takes to be a normal, everyday person."

Nov 17, 2017:
"A question to ask, as parent or teacher, is whether a child who never won your approval ever knew it was available."

Nov 16, 2017:
"I would tell you the secret to success if I knew what part of getting up, dressed and out the door were a secret."

Nov 15, 2017:
"We complain that life is not easy.  But did we pray for an easy life, or did we pray for happiness and fulfillment -- and did we suppose it would be easy?"

Nov 14, 2017:
"To be true to one another is not merely a promise.  There are times in a marriage when it's your only plan."

Nov 13, 2017:
"So often the person in our lives who most needs a little empathy from us is that figure in the mirror."

Nov 12, 2017:
"I have been blessed in life -- in a way that has left me never doubting the moments in Scripture when an angel appears."

Nov 11, 2017:
"Destiny -- a foreordained event, as when two raindrops, flung from the heavens, merge on a window pane."

Nov 10, 2017:
"There is hope for a country whose veterans still wave its flag and wear with pride its badges of honor."

Nov 9, 2017:
"Anger, sorrow, resentment -- there are a thousand different names for a little time that needs to go by."

Nov 8, 2017:
"We are taught to be wary of our happiness, as if it had some devious, ulterior motive.  My advice?  Do what makes you happy -- and trust in your happiness."

Nov 7, 2017:
"Man is the only animal who enjoys the consolation of believing in a next life.  All other animals enjoy the consolation of not worrying about it."

Nov 6, 2017:
The problem with settling for "good enough" is that it's so hard to distinguish it from "almost good enough."

Nov 5, 2017:
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a raise."

Nov 4, 2017:
"There is a difference between denying reality and avoiding it whenever possible."

Nov 3 2017:
"The trick to succeeding is to stop thinking there's a trick to everything."

Nov 2, 2017:
"If there's an accusation most of us are guilty of, it is that we are trying to protect someone."

Nov 1, 2017:
"I believe there's a destiny that brings two people together -- but not for the purpose of making anything easier."

Oct 31, 2017:
"There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch."

Oct 30, 2017:
"There's a moment in life when you discover it's not all about you, usually when you meet the person it's all about."

Oct 29, 2017:
"A toast today to all the invisible people doing jobs mysteriously getting done."

Oct 28, 2017:
"One day, in your search for happiness, you find a partner by your side, and you realize that your happiness has come to help you search."

Oct 27, 2017:
"What a clever liar eventually learns is that telling the truth would have been more clever."

Oct 26, 2017:
"It is the worst trade we make in life -- who we are for what we want."

Oct 25, 2017:
"Sometimes people get the wrong impression about us because that is the one we keep making."

Oct 24, 2017:
"The problem with leaving behind a wasted planet is figuring out how to leave it behind."

Oct 23, 2017:
"Life is a series of experiences that make you an expert on what is best for someone else."

Oct 22, 2017:
"In times of distrust and division, a friendly smile is more than a gesture of civility -- it is a small protest."

Oct 21, 2017:
"The challenge of virtue is that it requires commitment, whereas evil is always offered as a free trial."

Oct 20, 2017:
"It is a rare blessing -- the love that stands in your shadow and considers it shade."

Oct 19, 2017:
"May you have the respect you earn, the gratitude you deserve and the love that leaves you wondering how you could have been so lucky."

Oct 18, 2017:
"I nod to a stranger, and the stranger nods back, and two people go off feeling a little less anonymous."

Oct 17, 2017:
"I am never two minutes into removing the clutter from my life before I start running into the clutter that is my life."

Oct 16, 2017:
"There are more martyrs to nonsense than truth, truth preferring missionaries."

Oct 15, 2017:
I always wonder, when someone tells me, "You know better than that," what I ever did to make them think so.

Oct 14, 2017:
Generally it's a good idea not to say "I love you" if there's something you don't mean by it.

Oct 13, 2017:
"I reject the notion that just because you call it reality, it doesn't have to meet some minimum standard."

Oct 12, 2017:
"So often when people tell you you must accept reality, it's not the same reality they accepted."

Oct 11, 2017:
"Ever wonder what might be achieved if climbing the management ladder and managing something were the same skill?"

Oct 10, 2017:
"One of life's more forlorn hopes is that exceeding your relatives' opinion of you will change it."

Oct 9, 2017:
"One reason to learn from history is that it's such a good example of what happens if you don't."

Oct 8, 2017:
"The great thing about working in the arts is that every completed work leaves you a chance to try it again."

Oct 4, 2017:
"If you don't learn from the past, you aren't likely to learn from the present, either."

Oct 3, 2017:
"If at first you don't succeed, you at least find out who your friends are."

Oct 2, 2017:
"Sometimes the best exercise of good judgment is knowing when to withhold your better judgment."

Oct 1, 2017:
"It is no secret but worth repeating.  At the core of all prejudice is self-loathing.  At the heart of all compassion is self esteem."

Sep 30, 2017:
"We are never too old, but we are always too young to realize it."

Sep 29, 2017:
"I am less motivated by people urging me to do the right thing than by people assuming I will."

Sep 28, 2017:
"You can live in an unfair world, feeling that somehow you deserve it, until one day you meet someone who clearly doesn't."

Sep 27, 2017:
"Those who warn of temptation rearing its ugly head have obviously never seen temptation."

Sep 26, 2017:
"If I chase a hopeless dream, it is because I have found it the best way to meet hopeful people."

Sep 25, 2017:
Another night, another "Why?"
I launch into the starry sky
To echo as a fading sigh
Across the reach of no reply.

Sep 24, 2017:
"You cannot return to a time, but sometimes, together, you can return to a beginning."

Sep 23, 2017:
"The enemy of great dreams is not so much the cynic as the small dreamer."

Sep 22, 2017:
"Do not spend your life seeking security and then wonder why you never found happiness."

Sep 21, 2017:
"Hope is not a plan, but without it, nothing else is a plan, either."