L’Engle – Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge

L'Engle

The thing not so great about growing older is that you might not remember all the other ages you have been. Certainly the details of prior experiences become somewhat foggy and maybe event distorted. We are a total of our life experiences. Each person we meet and each incident that occurs affects who we are. The older we are the more such experiences and people influence us, for better or worse.

Madeleine L’Engel (1918 – 2007) was an American author of young adult fiction, best known for A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. She also wrote in other genres such as poetry, essays, Christian fiction and science fiction.

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Dreams – A Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote

Dreams

I first heard of Langston Hughes when his poem, Dreams, was included in my reading book in junior high. I was a young girl and the poem spoke to me. As I read the poem today, despite many years that have passed, I still embrace the important message from the poem. I have been called an idealist by someone who meant it as a criticism. I wear that name proudly. I don’t want to give up on the ideals that have been ingrained in me my whole life and I certainly don’t want to give up on my dreams.

Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) was a poet and writer who is credited with interpreting the black experience in the United States for the world. He is an important  figure in American literary history.

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Tim Gunn- A Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge

Gunn

Among the people who have a birthday on July 29 is Tim Gunn, the American clothing designer, educator and fashion consultant who came to national attention through the television show, Project Runway.

Project Runway is one of my favorite television shows. It might be the seamstress in me who can easily follow a pattern but who would fail miserably if I had to design something on my own. It might be my love of fabrics and threads. It might be the interesting personalities that are showcased among the designers. It might be the fabric buying trips to Mood. Or maybe it is Tim Gunn who I think is a classy and sophisticated yet real person.

Like me, Tim Gunn is an introvert. His quote which depicts the importance of surrounding ourselves with the right people refutes a common misconception about introverts. It is not that introverts shun all people. Introverts need good relationships with others, perhaps only a select few but we still need those relationships.

Tim Gunn’s famous line to all his designers is “Make It Work.”

That is something we all need to do as we face challenges in life. We must “make it work.”

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Jim Valvano – Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge

imageTo me, there are three things we should all do everyday. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.

But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

Jim Valvano

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Rod McKuen – A Words Crush Wednesday Quote

momma'spics 038It’s nice sometimes

to open up the heart a little

and let some hurt come in.

It proves you’re still alive.

Rod McKuen, Listen to the Warm

This Rod McKuen quote means a lot to me.  Although we enjoy most the times in life when everything is going great, we have to admit and accept that there will be times of paint where things are not all right. We have to allow ourselves to feel those  times as well if for no other reason than to appreciate more the wonderful times.

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Golda Meir – Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge

momma'spics 038“Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh either.”

Golda Meir

I am the kind of person who feels things deeply and reacts emotionally. I definitely weep with my whole heart. I used to be bothered by my uncontrolled outpouring of tears and sadness and grief while seeing other people not being visibly moved. I have gotten past that. I realize it’s natural for me to show honest emotion, and it is also healthy. Sometimes there is nothing as therapeutic as a good cry.

On the other hand, I am also able to laugh and enjoy life and have a good time. I love the times when I laugh so hard that I can barely catch my breath or when I end up holding my abdomen because it hurts. To be able to really laugh at life and ourselves is a wonderful thing.

To me Golda Meir said it very well.

Golda Meir (1898 – 1978) was the  fourth prime minister of Israel.

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Trees and Stones – A Wednesday Words Crush Quote

Rock FaceBelieve one who knows; you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.

–St. Bernard de Clairvaux

Many of my favorite quotes celebrate nature. I am especially struck by quotes that are significant and meaningful over great spans of time. Today’s quote means as much today as it did when it originated in the 12th century.

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – 1153) was a French abbot who was canonized by Pope Alexander III in 1174. In 1830 Pope Pius VIII bestowed upon Bernard the title “Doctor of the Church”

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The Month of June – A Words Crush Wednesday Quote

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What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

–Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll (1843 – 1932) was a British horticulturist, garden designer and writer.

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Photo: Hawthorne tree in bloom in Santa Fe, NM. 6/10/15.

Beautiful Things – A Words Crush Wednesday Quote

Camille Pissaro

This quote is ageless. It is a great reminder to look for beauty in everything. I personally am entranced by the variety and interest of clouds in the sky. The photo was taken from the street in front of my home on a rainy day when the sky was starting to clear.

Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903) was a French Impressionist painter. He painted primarily French landscapes. He did not sell many paintings during his lifetime but by 2005 some of his paintings sold in the range of U.S. $2 to 4 million. Read more about him and see his works at Camille Pissarro, The Complete Works.

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