"Where there is peace, God is." ~George Herbert
"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." ~William Penn
"Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient." ~Cicero Ovid Seneca

7/27/16

Annie Johnson Flint - strength

"But God has promised strength for the day." ~Annie Johnson Flint

Elena Duggan - permission to dream

"(Masterchef)... It gives me the permission to dream" ~Elena Duggan, Network Ten TV Masterchef 2016 Winner, 26 July 2016. She's a creative and performing arts teacher at Galston High School, NSW.

7/24/16

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: unfashioned creatures by Mary Shelley

"We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves — such a friend ought to be — do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures." ~Victor Frankenstein from FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

Baptiste De La Salle - on photographic decorum

"There are some people who raise their upper lip so high...that their teeth are almost entirely visible. This is entirely contradictory to decorum, which forbids you to allow your teeth to be uncovered, since nature gave us lips to conceal them." ~Baptiste De La Salle, author Of 'The Rules of Christian Decorum and Civility of 1703'

Rebecca Eanes - believe in children

When we believe in children, they learn to believe in themselves, and that is a priceless gift to give to them. We'd all long to have at least one person in our corner, no matter what. who we know believes the best in us. A parent should be that one person." ~Rebecca Eanes (from Joy of Mom)

Joyce Carol Oates - writing changes everything

“One must be pitiless about this matter of mood. In a sense writing will create the mood. Generally I've found this to be true. I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes... and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.” ~Joyce Carol Oates

Ardeille Iris Pielago - draw strength

"Whenever I feel down, I draw strength from You, my Lord. I draw inspiration from my patients who are fighting battles in their early age. Live. Fight. Survive." ~Ardeille Iris Pielago

7/23/16

Gordon MacDonald - rest God commanded

"We do not rest because our work is done; we rest because God commanded it and created us to have a need for it." ~Gordon MacDonald, from Our Daily Bread

A THOUGHT TO PONDER: single beautiful thought

"The person who sows a single beautiful thought in the mind of another, renders the world a greater service than all the fault-finders combined." ~Napoleon Hill

Kenneth Wapnick Quotes


"I place the future in the Hands of God." ~Lesson 194 A Course in Miracles

"Nothing changes in the world, but everything changes in the mind as the decision maker realizes its mistake and chooses truth instead of illusion - the light of forgiveness instead of the darkness of guilt." ~Kenneth Wapnick PhD, Journey Through the Workbook of A Course in Miracles

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7/22/16

Mohammed Attai Quotes


"Conversations can humanise (these) experiences. Tensions can be quelled or defused just through face-to-face contact."

"Most Australians are on the same page when it comes to extremism, whether that's Muslim extremism, right wing extremism or left wing extremism."

"Unfortunately a lot of this intolerance and lack of understanding happens because there's no real interaction with that other, whether it's Muslims, or previously with Senator Hanson maybe she had less Asian interaction. In time she has increased her interaction, and she has adopted a better understanding."

~MOHAMMED ATTAI, Sydney psychologist

Source: QandA via Starts at 60
July 20, 20160

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Nelson Boswell - rule

“Here is a simple but powerful rule: always give people more than what they expect to get." ~Nelson Boswell

Kovie Biakolo Quotes


”It’s okay to want things other people have; it is quite natural and we should want good things for ourselves. But we should not fool ourselves into thinking that other people have picture-perfect lives. Everyone struggles, everyone hurts, and everyone is enduring something that they probably won’t tell you about. Whatever picture people paint their life as, rest assured that any one life in all its parts is beautiful and dark, hopeful and weary, a blessing and an everyday battle. Focus on the good parts of your life and be grateful for your own set of problems because if you knew what everyone else was going through, you would probably still choose your own life. Don’t compare yourself to anyone and while we’re at it, let’s be a little kinder to each other along the way.” ~ Kovie Biakolo

“You need to make friends with yourself. It’s corny and it’s cliché but it’s also the truth. Because there will be certain times in your life that it’ll feel like you’re all you’ve got. And when those times come, you have to be enough to get by.” ~Kovie Biakolo

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7/19/16

Sarah Montgomery - gorgeous moments

"Love is sweet, delicate, dreamy, an eternity of gorgeous moments." ~Sarah Montgomery

7/18/16

From Our Daily Bread - speak to me Lord

"Lord, speak to me by Your Spirit, Your written Word, and the assurance of Your direction." ~Our Daily Bread

Heather Plett - judgment

“What does it mean to hold space for someone else? - It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgment and control.” ~Heather Plett

7/17/16

From Great Lives Are Made - gather momentum

"There are some pretty horrible things happening in the world and it's so easy to despair or feel we can't really do much. Yet even though we can't all make a difference in massive ways, the cumulative effect of many small actions and kindnesses can gather momentum and make significant positive differences way beyond what we can imagine. Keep the faith. Don't lose hope." ~from Great Lives Are Made, FB

Alex Martin - Perception

"Perception cannot occur without the automatic actuation of previously acquired information." ~Alex Martin

Robert Thurman - Give thought to giving

"Practice giving things away, not just things you don’t care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachment you overcome that count. So don’t bankrupt yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later. Give thought to giving. Give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes going along with the act of releasing the little thing you liked." ~Robert Thurman

Natsuki Takaya - boomerang

"Those who hurt others also hurt themselves." ~Natsuki Takaya

Cherie Carter-Scott - Forgiveness

"Forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are." ~Cherie Carter-Scott

A THOUGHT TO PONDER: peace of mind

"There is no greater wealth in this world than peace of mind." ~from Positive Outlooks

Quotes on CHALLENGE


“I can choose to perceive every circumstance as an opportunity to grow and stay on my mission. And if this opportunity is also challenging, that’s even better. I have a chance to rise up--like a kite rises against the wind. If there’s no wind the kite can’t fly. Have you ever tried to fly a kite when there’s no wind at all? Have you ever tried to have a great life when there’s no challenge? If there’s no challenge for me I cannot become stronger. I cannot grow.” ~Steve Chandler

"Life challenges, like illness can make us bitter and resentful. But being bitter and resentful is a choice. Let your pain make you soft, not hard. Compassionate, not cruel. Gentle, not unkind. Choose to be loving and tenderhearted. Take care of each other and be kind." ~Marcel Lawrence

“Life is full of challenge. That's how we learn and grow. When we're born, the Good Lord gives each of us a Life Book. Chapter by chapter, we live and learn. When a chapter of your Life Book is completed, your spirit knows it's time to turn the page so a new chapter can begin. Even when you're scared or think you're not ready, your spirit knows you are.” ~Beth Hoffman

"Life is never without a need, never without a problem, never without a challenge." ~Anon

"We are often challenged to do “great things” for God. Actually, God is more pleased when we do small things for him out of loving obedience. They may be unnoticed by others, but God notices them and considers them acts of worship." ~Rick Warren

"When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back." ~Paulo Coelho

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Giotto di Bondone - sacred harbour

"Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour." ~Giotto di Bondone

7/16/16

Mary Davis - diamonds

"Friends are diamonds who reflect the light of our spirit." ~Mary Davis

Mary Field Belenky - judgment

"Really listening and suspending one's own judgment is necessary in order to understand other people on their own terms. As we have noted, this is a process that requires trust and builds trust." ~Mary Field Belenky

Isabella Rossellini - elegance

'True elegance is for me the manifestation of an independent mind.' ~Isabella Rossellini

Kristian Kan - dream a reality

"Keep dreaming and create reality." ~Kristian Kan

7/15/16

A THOUGHT TO PONDER: see the light

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." ~Aristotle

Roshi Joan Halifax - Compassion

"Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, and fear." ~Roshi Joan Halifax

Quotes from THE WRITER's STUDIO


"If you go too far in your writing, it is easy to pull back in the editing. But if you don't go far enough, it can be much harder to push it out later. Daring is the X factor in creativity." ~The Writer's Studio

"One of the biggest mistakes a writer can make when just starting out is to mix up the separate elements of the process." ~TWS

"When it comes to writing a novel or screenplay mistakes and difficulties often turn out to be opportunities. The point is you can’t necessarily go with your first option." ~The Writers' Studio

"When it comes to writing good there is only one rule - what works works." ~The Writers' Studio

"When you are writing a first draft, the most important thing is to get it written. It doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t matter how you do it." ~The Writers' Studio

"Writers are sensitive people and if you want to write, it will most likely to stir up certain fears. Dealing with one's fears is part of the process." ~TWS

"Writing a first draft is an act of discovery where you need to learn to mine your imagination. You can refine what comes out later." ~TWS

"Writing a novel or screenplay is a four part process – planning, writing, re-writing and editing."

"Writing a novel or screen play is an adventure and an act of discovery. You can't control the process. Your stories take you to places you never realised you needed to go. And often what you didn't know at the start turns out to be the best parts of your story." ~The Writer's Studio

"Writing is a confidence game. There is no failure just a big field to wander in." ~TWS

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SUB-QUOTES:

"Blood, sweat and tears help mould the story." ~Mandy Moo

"The art of letting go should never be underestimated...it is in this space creativity flows as obstacles are removed. Dare I say fear and writer's block are one of the same?" ~Mandy Moo

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IN ORDER OF THINGS:

I

"The first step when creating a story is to make your readers care for your main character. Then get them into as much trouble as you possibly can." ~TWS
“That’s how stories happen — with a turning point, an unexpected twist. There’s only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s like Tolstoy said, Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.” ~Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

‘Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, make a good tale...’
From The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkein

II

"Writing is an act of faith. Make this a general rule when writing your first draft, everything your internal critic says is irrelevant at this stage." ~TWS
“I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all.” ~Stephen King

III

"Much of the craft of writing is about creating a moving experience for your reader. It is all about making the reader want to keep turning the pages. This doesn’t just happen by accident." ~TWS
“Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.” ~Mickey Spillane

IV

"In the end we only regret the chances we never took, the relationships we were afraid to have and the decisions we took to long to make." ~TWS
"Don't go to the grave with your story unsung in your heart." ~Anon

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou

“Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds' eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas-abstract, invisible, gone once they've been spoken-and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.” ~Neil Gaiman

V

"If you want to write a novel or screenplay you need to take your main character on a journey where they are placed under extreme pressure and change as a result. This is the role of structure and this is what will evoke an emotional response in your readers." ~TWS
“You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.” ~Joss Whedon

VI

"Every character needs to think they are the main character of the story. For them to come to life on the page they need to be given a life of their own outside the story." ~TWS
“You can never know enough about your characters” ~W. Somerset Maugham

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.” ~William Faulkner

VII

"It is not as though there are a very small percentage of people born with talent and the rest of us might as well give up. Writing is an art and a craft that takes time to master." ~TWS
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~Stephen King

VIII

"When you are writing a first draft you are just creating the marble. Just get something down so you have something to re-write and edit later." ~TWS
"The angel was always in the marble." ~Michelangelo

IX

"Many people are of the opinion that writers are born not made and only a select few have the talent required to write worthwhile stories. While everyone has very different skills, we believe that is not necessarily the case. In fact, we see people dramatically improve their writing and story telling ability by learning the craft, applying the tools and techniques and doing the work." ~TWS
"I don't think that talent or gift, if such things exist, has anything to do with what the final receipts will be. My notion is that anyone who speaks, by reason of that speech, has prospects of achieving important imaginative writing. I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead old-fashioned notions of perseverance, application and industry... It comes down in every instance to this dualism between what one wants and what one may be afraid to have." ~Gordon Lish

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." ~Richard Bach

X

"The first draft is about finding the story and character journey. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Many writers when they are just starting out make the mistake of comparing their first drafts to a completed, edited and published book. ...... Writing a novel or screenplay is a refiners craft and requires that you have a process that keeps you on track. When you write your first draft allow yourself to make mistakes and try things." ~TWS
"The first draft is just telling yourself a story." ~Terry Prachett, Freedom With Writing

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"People tend to look at successful writers, writers who are getting their books published and maybe even doing well financially, and think that they sit down at their desks every morning feeling like a million dollars, feeling great about who they are and how much talent they have and what a great story they have to tell; that they take in a few deep breaths, push back their sleeves, roll their necks a few times to get all the cricks out, and dive in, typing fully formed passages as fast as a court reporter. ..... But this is just the fantasy of the uninitiated. I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we don’t like her very much. Very few writers know what they’re saying until they’ve done it." ~Anne Lamott

XI

"Writing is a mood changing activity. Most likely you will rarely feel like writing. The key thing is to just sit down and do the work regardless of how you feel. When you finish you will be so glad you did. The act of writing has its own reward." ~TWS
“One must be pitiless about this matter of mood. In a sense writing will create the mood. Generally I've found this to be true. I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes... and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.” Joyce Carol Oates

"Writing is medicine. It is an appropriate antidote to injury. It is an appropriate companion for any difficult change." ~Julia Cameron

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Quotes from Lailah Gifty Akita


“A cup of tea is all I need to keep working." ~Lailah Gifty Akita

“Daily dance is my delight.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

"Every fresh morning brings freshness of sacred-being." ~Lailah Gifty Akita

“I love the paradise of being between the pages of a book.” ~Lailah Gifty Akita

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From OUR DAILY BREAD - best road

"Lord, we cannot see the path ahead, so we must trust that the way is right and that it is the best road for us to take. Please encourage us, and teach us as we let You direct our path." ~Our Daily Bread

7/14/16

Carl Ewald - rejoice

“Take spring when it comes and rejoice.
Take happiness when it comes and rejoice.
Take love when it comes and rejoice.”
~Carl Ewald

7/13/16

James Openheim - happiness

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet." ~James Openheim

John Maeda - Simplicity

"Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful." ~John Maeda

Mariquita Tandoc - HOME

"A home is a place of relaxation and comfort, highlighted by a mess here and there." ~Mariquita Tandoc

Quotes on SNOW

NOTE: It's WINTER in AUSTRALIA while most parts of our northern counterpart endure a sweltering SUMMER. Such is the opposite of the season, time of day and its compass' direction. Here's a compilation of quotations.


“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water." ~Carl Reiner

"A snowman is the perfect man. He's very well rounded and comes with his own broom." ~Anon

"Be like snow - cold, but beautiful." ~Lana Del Rey

"I leaned out one last time and caught a snowflake on my tongue. They tasted so good, so pure and so divine, like nothing I had ever tasted from the sky." ~Shannon A. Thompson

"I miss the snow. I miss looking at it, walking in it, tasting it. I used to love those days when it was so cold everyone else would be tucked away inside trying to stay warm. I would be the only one out walking, so I could look across the fields and see miles of snow without a single footprint in it. It would be completely silent - no cars, no birds singing, no doors slamming. Just silence and snow." ~Damien Echols

“January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow." ~Sara Coleridge

"Life is like a blanket of snow. Be careful how you step on it. Every step will show!" ~Anon

"Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand." ~Henry David Thoreau

“Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem." ~William Hamilton Gibson

"Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity." ~Novala Takemoto

"Snow makes cities innocent again, reveals the frailty of the human gesture against the void." ~Glen Duncan

"Snow provokes responses that reach back to childhood." ~Andy Goldsworthdy

"Snowflakes are kisses from heaven." ~Anon

“Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together." ~Vista M. Kelly

"Snowing is an attempt of God to make the dirty world look clean." ~Mehmet Murat ildan

“Snowmen fall from heaven....... unassembled." ~Anon

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event." ~Anon

“The snow began to fall again, drifting against the windows, politely begging entrance and then falling with disappointment to the ground." ~Jamie McGuire

"The snow did not even whisper its way to earth, but seemed to salt the night with silence." ~Dean Koontz

“The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches." ~E.E. Cummings

“The snow is sparkling like a million little suns." ~Lama Willa Miller

"The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only." ~Joseph Wood Krutch

“The very fact of snow is such an amazement." ~Roger Ebert

"The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists." ~Anon

"There's just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you're special." ~Carol Rifka Brunt

"There's one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor's." ~Clyde Moore

"When snow falls, nature listens." ~Antoinette van Kleef

"With every falling flake, a unique spark of interest falls from heaven." ~P. Miller

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7/12/16

Rebecca Baldwin - dreams

"Let your dreams lead you to where your soul knows it belongs." ~from The Spiritual Compass (Mindful Wishes) by Rebecca Baldwin

7/11/16

Ben Blakeney - NAIDOC WEEK

"Here my people chanted—their stories of the dreamtime—of the spirit heroes—and of earth's creation—and our painted bodies flowed in ceremony." ~Ben Blakeney, Aboriginal actor and direct descendant of Woollarawarre Bennelong,, during the opening ceremony of Sydney Opera House.(NAIDOC Week)

B.C. Forbes - Opportunity

"Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter." ~B.C. Forbes

Elizabeth Glaser - HONESTY

"Life has taught me that I have nothing to lose by being honest." ~Elizabeth Glaser, 1947-1994

Margaret Deland - satisfaction

"One must desire something to be alive: perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death." ~Margaret Deland

7/10/16

Stuart Avery Gold - meditation

"Through meditation you discover that while it is the brain that moves the body, it is the mind that moves the world." ~Stuart Avery Gold

A THOUGHT TO PONDER: Forgive

"Forgiveness is the choice that leads to peace. Today forgive, not because others say it’s the right thing to do, but because as God’s creation, you are worthy of peace." ~James Blanchard Cisneros

Bob Hawke - unique time

'... the fact is that we are in a unique time, it is the first time since the Second World War when there is not one outstanding leader in the world.' ~Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia

Chef Jose Andres Quotes


"As chefs, we cook to please people, to nourish people." ~Jose Andres

"Food is about making an interaction with ingredients. If you talk to them, they will always tell you a story." ~Jose Andres

"There is nothing better than picking up sun-warmed tomatoes and smelling them, feeling them and scrutinizing their shiny skins for imperfections, dreaming of ways to serve them." ~Jose Andres

"What if every lawn was transformed into a farm instead of expensive upkeep of grass." ~Chef Jose Andres

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Thomas Babington Macaulay - a king without desire

"I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read." ~Thomas Babington Macaulay

Krista Tippett Quotes


"Become wiser by learning to hold transformative conversations, ask generous questions and listen with presence." ~Krista Tippett, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and host of On Being (on art of conversation)

"Kindness is a mist edifying form of instant gratification." ~Krista Tippett

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John Paul Warren - move that transforms

"Faith move mountains. Love transforms hearts." ~John Paul Warren