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( Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 08:11 pm)
Our couch did not arrive today. We had called the store to schedule the delivery, but they didn't know or tells us that the warehouse had already set their delivery schedule for today, so we weren't on it. We now how to get it on Saturday.

I worked today at the library. Tomorrow we'll go to Cleveland for Molly's job. Thursday is Thanksgiving, and we plan to go to Kim and Gale's house. Last week Gale's mom Bonna passed away. We drove up for her funeral at Canal Fulton last Wednesday.

"Oh for a book and a shady nook,
either in a door or out;
with the green leaves whispering overhead,
or the street cries all about.
Where I may read all at my ease,
both the new and old;
for a jolly good book whereon to look,
is better to me than gold."

by John Wilson

(from [ profile] tree_lady's webpage)

"In masks outrageous and austere,
The years go by in single file;
But none has merited my fear,
And none has quite escaped my smile."
— Elinor Wylie

"The best moments any of us have as human beings are those moments when for a little while it is possible to escape the squirrel-cage of being me into the landscape of being us." - Frederick Buechner

There's only one story in the world -- your story. Ray Bradbury

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right. -Laurens van der Post, explorer and writer (1906-1996)

"If change is to come, it will come from the margins. It was the desert, not the temple, that gave us the prophets." Wendell Berry

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are [women and] men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.” Frederick Douglass (in 1857)

"Humble knowledge of self is a surer path to God than the ardent pursuit of learning. Not that learning is to be considered evil, or knowledge, which is good in itself and so ordained by God; but a clean conscience and virtuous life ought always to be preferred. Many often err and accomplish little or nothing because they try to become learned rather than to live well." Thomas A'Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

"Writing about the Christian life (formulated here as "spiritual theology") is like trying to paint a picture of a bird in flight. The very nature of a subject in which everything is always in motion - the rhythm of wings, sun-tinted feathers, drift of clouds (and much more) - precludes precision. Which is why definitions and explanations for the most part miss the very thing that we are interested in. Stories and metaphors, poetry adn prayer, and leisurely conversation are more congenial to the subject, a conversation that necessarily also includes the Other." Eugene Peterson

"Let go, and respond to the immediate needs around you. Don't get caught in some false perception of yourself. There will always be another person more gifted than you. And don't perceive your position as important, but be ready to serve at any moment. If you can let go of who you think you are, you will become free - ready to love others. If you learn to see your impermanence, you will be able to live for the moment and not miss opportunities to love by pushing things into the future." Thich Nhat Hanh

“When someone steals a man’s clothes we call him a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry man; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the man who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the man who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.” Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 365


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