I have been “collecting” quote for a very long time.  Some have been lost in old notebooks and outdated computers.  I like to share quotes that inspire me or ones that help make life make sense.  I have posted a lot of quotes on Facebook because I know certain ‘friends’ will read them; I like to, indirectly, direct them to those who I feel may need some encouragement or enlightenment.  Here’s one I found recently:

“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”  ~ Mark Twain


We are all imperfect

“One of the most important things we can do for the people we love is love them as a package, conflicting opinions and all. That means trusting the relationship to be bigger than their dissent.” ~ Carolyn Hax

I started reading Carolyn Hax’s column in the Washington Post a few months ago.  I really like how she is honest with her advice, even when it is not what the writer wants to hear.  Her responses are well thought out and every so often, something she writes hits home, like the quote above.  We all have people in our lives who sometimes make us cringe with their ideas and opinions, but we love them anyway.

Love the questions

From the poet Rainer Maria Rilke:

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

Poem: “My True Love Hath My Heart and I Have His”

“My True Love Hath My Heart and I Have His”

My true love hath my heart and I have his,
……By just exchange one for another given;
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
……There never was a better bargain driven.
……….My true love has my heart and I have his.

His heart in me keeps him and me in one,
……My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides;
He loves my heart, for once it was his own,
……I cherish his, because in me it bides.
……….My true love hath my heart and I have his.

—Philip Sidney

I thought this sculpture was ugly, until…

I saw the photograph I had taken of it as the tram I was riding passed by in the distance.  The sculpture, called “Male/Female,” is located at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI.  It was crafted in aluminum by American artist Jonathan Borofsky in 2001 and is several stories tall.  It just seemed jarring, juxtaposed with the wild grasses of the gardens.

When I downloaded the picture, I was shocked.  The sculpture seemed to blend into the gray, cloudy sky, softening the edges, making her look vulnerable against the elements.  I couldn’t stop staring it, thinking it like a women, standing tall in the face of the world.

It is amazing…the power of photography.