A plethora of quotes for a Tuesday, with editorial comments
[Why it's fun to read the encyclopedia:]I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. -- Franklin P. Adams
[And some of us find the courage to fight the tide:] We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. -- Arthur Schopenhauer
[Voting in 2004:] Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith
[Do we REALLY want to know the future?:] O that a man might know the end of this day's business ere it come! -- William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 1599-1600
[God's dream and man's dream are the same; our time on earth is a long realization that comes too late:] Whatever God's dream about man may be, it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates. -- Stella Terrill Mann
[Are you sure? I think I'd like to work less and shop more :) ]It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent. -- W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
[And the completion of a task long delayed brings great satistaction:] The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. -- Evenius
[Reminds me of a song, Sarah McLachlan - Angel "In the arms of an angel, you may find some comfort here":] There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere. -- Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
[Love, lives:] Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. -- Ursula K. LeGuin
[Thinking of Bill Clinton, and his presidency:] Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error. -- Benjamin Disraeli
[A very Catholic sentiment:]= No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. -- Theodore Roosevelt, 'The Strenuous Life,' 1900
Bright new beginnings
Such a whirlwind of activity this month, and one finds there are no words, or no energy left for them, before, during and after the event. O July! Surely I will miss you when you've gone (just 4-1/2 days left!), and you have marched by in fast motion.
Did I write of parasailing? Me and my dad, 200 feet or so above Lake Erie. The islands around us. The boat, with my sister and nephew watching, below. Us marveling at the view, and wondering the best way to fall into the water if the need arose ("Point your toes," I said.) Put-in-Bay as wonderful as usual. I especially enjoyed the new butterfly garden--it was worth $6.50!
The wedding last week. It went wonderfully, thank goodness, and it is over! Look at some pictures here: http://mysite.verizon.net/res8k6qa/
Democratic National Convention this week. I missed the best night last night! Speeches by Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Tonight, when I can watch, will probably be boring!
We were visiting the guys after their vacation. The baby can clap and say "da-da" but still hasn't figured out crawling. She can push herself to sitting though!
The weather is NOT July-ish, it's grey and drizzly, and way too cool. More like October! Or worse, November--well, not THAT cold. But tomorrow--back to sunny and 80-something: it better happen!