“The winter seemed reluctant to let go its bite. It hung on cold and wet and windy long after its time. And people repeated, “It’s those damned big guns they’re shooting off in France– spoiling the weather in the whole world.” John Steinbeck, East of Eden Summer arrived a bit ahead of schedule with dry air, stifling heat, persistent drought and languid children, too hot and too sleepy. The weird winter weather put a damper… Read More

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief… Read More

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh!’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’” A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner Dear Ernie, I sensed Friday that Time had released you into Eternity, like a flower releases its perfume to the wind. Confirmation came this morning. You’d left, the kindly message said, at 6:15 a.m, like a responsible worker off… Read More

“You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link. This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link. To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean by the frailty of its foam. To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconstancy.” Kahlil Gibran, The… Read More