May 8, 2020
In the midst of Swedish Death Cleaning during the global pandemic, the last thing I need is a new page on the blog --
but -- the last thing any of us needed was a pandemic, eh?
Or maybe we did need it and we just haven't figured out how it is actually a good thing.

If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning. attributed to a variety of people

A dear friend sent me some snail mail and mentioned that she liked these two quotes - from me.
I'm so flattered, I will include a section of things I have said.

Contrast can be your best friend. Me, on the blog.
Sometimes it's just better to go with the obvious. Me, on the blog

Shepherd Fairey said: The best art makes the world a little less terrifying.

Leonard Bernstein said:  To do great things you need a plan and not enough time.

Virginia Woolf:  I like opening a letter and thinking myself loved.

Blaise Pascal: I have made this a rather long letter because I haven't time to make it shorter

Wm. James: As long as there are postmen life will have zest.

Steve Martin: I think I did pretty well considering I started out with a blank piece of paper.

Albert Schweitzer: The central purpose of each life is to dilute the misery of the world.

A single kind word will keep one warm for years.

Be what you is. If you be old and ugly, then be old and ugly. But be what you is.

All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe. Louise Hay

“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” 

― George Bernard Shaw


  1. I love reading quotes about anything, as I always fill the back side of the envelope with funny or witty quotes from others. I hope this is a permanent feature! Perhaps people can write in with their favourites?

  2. Life is what we make it, so make it great!