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“We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” – Douglas Adams “I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” – Chaim Potok ––––– Clearly, this will date me, but I can remember […]

“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.” – Nora Ephron “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in […]

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” – Desmond Tutu “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” – Michel de Montaigne ––––– I was never on a debate team. Debate is not something a shy introvert would choose for participation. The only reason I ended up in […]

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” […]

“A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.” – Paul Sweeney “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” – Simone Signoret “When your father retires, I’m going to retire, […]

“Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed […]

“Cooking is both simpler and more necessary than we imagine.” – Tamar Adler “A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.” – Pat Conroy “Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation, experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.” – Paul Theroux ––––– Nearly two decades ago, my sister […]

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead “Come Sept. 26, we will show this nation and the world the real Mississippi, not the Mississippi burning of the past, but rather the Mississippi rising into the future […]

“I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them.” – Jodi Picoult “You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates “Here is the world. Beautiful and […]

“Panic at the thought of doing a thing is a challenge to do it.” – Henry S. Haskins “When the designs are chosen with care, tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul.” – Michelle Delio “All art requires courage.” – Anne Tucker ––––– […]