7.21.2014

Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.
- Naomi Shihab Nye 

7.18.2014

A man told me I had to move because I was blocking the fire exit. As if I wasn't going to move if there was a fire.
- Mitch Hedberg

7.14.2014

I loved her not for the way she danced with my angels, but for the way the sound of her name could silence my demons.
- Christopher Poindexter

7.10.2014

Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I've started out for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there
I'm learning to fly, around the clouds
But what goes up must come down
- Tom Petty

7.06.2014

7.03.2014

Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.
- Henry David Thoreau

6.30.2014

To have faith is to have wings.
- J.M. Barrie

6.27.2014

We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit.
- Audre Lorde

6.21.2014

"The oldest, the one that everyone counts on and no one has to worry about. It's an honor to play that role."
- Amy Chua

6.18.2014

"' I always think everything is a trap until proven otherwise,' the Prince answered. 'Which is why I'm still alive.'"
- The Princess Bride

6.16.2014

"Have a glass of sweet tea, it's the house wine of the South."
- Dolly Parton

6.13.2014

"I was a little excited but mostly blorft. 'Blorft' is an adjective I just made up that means 'Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to stress with the torpor of a possum.'"
- Tina Fey

6.10.2014

"'Damaged people,' she said, 'are dangerous,  for we have already drowned in the darkness, and we know that if we kick strong enough we can survive.'"
- Helen Hollick

6.04.2014

Nobody says you must laugh, but a sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the day.
- Ann Landers

5.31.2014

Bravery hides in amazing places.
- Kiera Cass

5.29.2014

You are a minute of quiet in a loud shouting world.
- Gabriel Gadfly

5.27.2014

5.25.2014

5.22.2014

Miracles happen quietly every day - in an operating room, on a stormy sea, in the sudden appearance of a road side stranger. They are rarely tallied. No one keeps score.
- Mitch Albom

5.19.2014

Every time she blinks
she strikes somebody blind.
Everything she thinks
blows her tiny mind.
That's my daughter in the water,
who'd have ever thought her?
Who'd have ever thought?
That's my daughter in the water,
I lost everytime I fought her
Yea, I lost every time.
- Loudon Wainright III, Daughter

5.08.2014

My husband says the only thing domestic about me is that I was born in this country.
- Phyllis Diller

5.05.2014

I'm already there
Don't make a sound
I'm the beat in your heart
I'm the moonlight shining down
I'm the whisper in the wind
And I'll be there until the end
Can you feel the love that we share
Oh I'm already there
We may be a thousand miles apart
But I'll be with you wherever you are
I'm already there
Take a look around
I'm the sunshine in your hair
I'm the shadow on the ground
I'm the whisper in the wind
And I'll be there until the end
Can you feel the love that we share
Oh I'm already there
Oh I'm already there
- Lonestar

4.29.2014

The worst thing in the world can happen, but the next day the sun will come up. And you will eat your toast. And you will drink your tea.
- Rhian Ellis

4.26.2014

Fighting has taught me not to give up, even if everything inside of me is telling me that I am not good enough. It’s taught me that when I hear that voice, to treat it like any other liar. Ignore it.
- Lauren Sugihara-Daniels

4.23.2014

Becoming a mom means you've accepted that for the next 16 years of your life, you will have a sticky purse.
– Nia Vardalos

4.20.2014

I bet you smile when you think of me
You love me
Messy in the morning
Freckles on my knees
Oh baby please
Oh baby please
Don't forget you love me
- Schuyler Fisk

4.16.2014

Remember when we were young
We felt like the luckiest ones
Nothing to worry about
The whole world was a hand-me-down
It's hard to be different
It's even harder when you wanna fit in
High school was a catastrophe
It was a failure factory
Turn it up, turn it up
Turn up your radio loud
Don't forget where you come from
It's too soon to be proud
Remember when we were young
- Brett Dennen

4.09.2014

4.07.2014

There’s solace in the thought that I will never finish missing her.
- Jim Crace, Harvest

4.05.2014

4.03.2014

To live every day as if it has been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life… To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.
- Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain