“We are awfully lucky to be here–and by ‘we’ I mean every living thing.  To attain any kind of life in this universe of our appears to be quite an achievement.  As human we are doubly lucky, of course: We enjoy not only the privilege of existence but also the singular ability to appreciate it […]

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“True love isn’t all chocolate-dipped strawberries and perfect harmony.  It’s work, work you enjoy doing, but work all the same.  As long as love can drive you crazy and bring you back for more at the same time, it’s a good thing.” –from The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire

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“In all the infinite versions of Earth, the farm boy with the cape must show up first.  He’s the one who shines brightly enough; until he breaks the ice jam, the rest can’t make their entrance.  Even beings as old as time–warrior gods, Champions Eternal–have to stay in the shadows, like chess pieces locked in […]

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“He had learned that it was the smallness of people that filled him with wonder and tenderness, and the loneliness of that too.  The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and life might appear ordinary simply because the person living it had been doing so for a […]

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“No matter how good you are with words, it’s inevitable that meaning is lost between your mind and someone else’s.  Trying to communicate is like chucking a cup of water at a thirsty person’s face.  It’s better than nothing, sure, and a teaspoon of water might hit their lips, but oh, God, there’s just so […]

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“One of the few things about which I feel I’ve gained any wisdom as I’ve grown older is the insight that nearly everybody believes himself to be a good person.  We all feel as though we’re doing our best.  When others find us obnoxious or insolent or cruel, it is only, we think, because we […]

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“Most people live their lives as if the end were always years away.  They measure their days in love, laughter, accomplishments, and loss.  There are moments of sunshine and storm.  There are schedules, phone calls, careers, anxieties, joys, exotic trips, favorite foods, romance, shame, and hunger.  A person can be defined by clothing, the smell […]

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“You treat hatred like a fine wine.  Believing it gets better with age.  Never expires.  Doesn’t go bad.  But that’s the thing about hatred.  It can become rancid.  And it will turn into poison if you keep it bottled too long.  Hatred will eat through any container, and seep into the groundwater of the soul.  […]

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“The mind is like a muddy road.  Two ruts run down its center, from all the carts that have passed that way.  No matter how many carts try to roll alongside the ruts, to stay out of the mud, sooner or later, a turn here or a jolt there will send them down into the […]

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