Monthly Archives: August, 2014

We Are Many

An excerpt from the translation of the poem…

While I am writing, I am far away;
and when I come back, I have already left.
I should like to see if the same thing happens
to other people as it does to me,
to see if as many people are as I am,
and if they seem the same way to themselves.
When this problem has been thoroughly explored,
I am going to school myself so well in things
that, when I try to explain my problems,
I shall speak, not of self, but of geography.

~Pablo Neruda~


Painting A Picture

Some books leave us free. Some books make us free. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love the imagery that is created by writers. It is a true talent to create a picture only with the use of words…

He sat…like some poor sad rustic angel confined to hell. MERCY AMONG THE CHILDREN, David Adams Richards

That tent city looked like a railroad accident without a railroad track. THE MAN FROM THE CREEKS, Robert Kroetsch

He turned on to the boardwalk and felt the full impact of the stinging blast from the ocean. ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE, Mary Higgins Clark

The infecting bacteria came in a swift gush as if flushed from a sewer. VITAL SIGNS, Robin Cook





Parents are people who have photos
For everyone to see
In compartments of their wallets
Where the money used to be.

It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul than family life. Sir Thomas More

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. Ann Landers

Insanity is hereditary you get it from your children. Sam Levenson

The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother.  Rev. Hesburgh

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit.  He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.  Indira Gandhi

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.

The Darkling Thrush

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter’s dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land’s sharp features seemed to be
The Century’s corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

~Thomas Hardy~

The Voice of August and the Full Promise of Harvest

Poetic and illuminating words – talented writing like so much in the Bible…

From Holy Scripture
Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness; and Thy clouds drop fatness.  They shall drop upon the dwellings of the wilderness; and the little hills shall rejoice on every side. Thy folds shall be full of sheep; and the valleys also shall stand so thick with corn, that they shall laugh and sing.

On Friendship

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.
Walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus

We should behave to our friends, as we would wish our friends to behave to us. Aristotle

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.Charles Caleb Colton

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. Jacquie

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. Mencius

Hold a true friend with both your hands. Nigerian Proverb

If you talk to someone in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.  Winnie The Pooh

We Are the Music-Makers

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.

~Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy~


Children Are Our Future

Sometimes when I need a miracle, I look into my son’s eyes and realize I’ve already created one.

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. ANN LANDERS

Children are always the only future the human race has; teach them well.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. EMILIE BUCHWALD

Spending time with children is more important than spending money on children. ANTHONY DOUGLAS

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. HAROLD S. HULBURT

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.  A Rabbinic Saying

The only thing I missed
Being an only child
Is the pain and rejection
Of never finding a friend
In the person who shares your genes.

This World Is Not Conclusion

This world is not conclusion;
A sequel stands beyond,
Invisible, as music,
But positive, as sound.
It beckons and it baffles;
Philosophies don’t know
And though a riddle, at the last,
Sagacity must go.
To guess it puzzles scholars;
To gain it, men have shown
Contempt of generations,
And crucifixion known.
~Emily Dickinson~

In His Own Words

Perhaps an insight into his psyche…

I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone. Robin Williams

Paul Dobraszczyk

rag-picking history

Tdoo in Lesotho

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Faces in Places

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