Falling Behind…Getting Back on Track


I usually am very diligent about making my rounds to comment on all of your blogs.  Today was just one of those days that I did not get a chance to do that.

Please don’t think I have forgotten you; I’ll get back on track tomorrow.  To top it all off, I broke my tooth today and now I have to go to the dentist…the very thought terrifies me.  Emma is not feeling well and needed some extra mommy time.

Hope everyone had a good day and thank you for all your wonderful comments on my blogs.

I do so love my friends!!!


Hearts and Minds: Effort and Persistence


A big shot is a little shot that kept shooting.
– Anonymous

Keep trudging or you’ll never reach the top

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
– Anatole France

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.
– Anonymous

Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy.
  – Bill Blackman

Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?
  – Marian Wright Edelman

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
    – John Quincy Adams

The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.
– Anonymous

The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it.
– Blood of the Martyr

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
   – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.
– Bruce Lee

Most things in life require effort even if, years later, they seem easy

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

If the going is real easy, beware, you may be headed down hill.
– Anonymous

There’s always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain’t happy.      
– Anonymous

The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
– Thomas S. Monson       

The toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder, is getting through the crowd at the bottom.
  – Anonymous

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
-Jane Addams

He who seeks rest finds boredom….He who seeks work finds rest.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
– Henry J. Kaiser

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.
– St. Francis De Sales

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
– Seneca

Never, never, never give up.
– Winston Churchill

Hearts and Minds: Action and Initiative Part 2


The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
– Lao Tzu

Getting up the courage to take that first step

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these,
‘It might have been’.
– John Greenleaf Whittier

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
       – Kahlil Gibran

You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
       – Irish Proverb

Action is the antidote to despair.
       – Joan Baez

I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
– Elie Wiesel

There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen.
– Anonymous

If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man.
       – Chinese Proverb

Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
– Ashleigh Brilliant

Every hand does its part to hold up the world

The more often a man feels without acting, the less he’ll be able to act. And in the long run, the less he’ll be able to feel.
– C.S. Lewis

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
– Edmund Burke

Actions speak louder than words.
       – English Proverb

The beginning is the half of every action.
       – Greek Proverb

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be yet thankful.
       – Colossians 3:15

Happiness consists of a solid faith, good health, and a bad memory.
       – Ingrid Bergman

Hearts and Minds: Action and Initiative


The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
– Albert Einstein

To excel in football you must act quickly

There is no beauty but the beauty of action.
   – Proverb

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
       – Edward Everett Hale

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
       – Benjamin Disraeli

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
– Edmund Burke

You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
– Shira Tehrani

Well done is better than well said.
– Benjamin Franklin

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
– Lucy Larcom

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all — the apathy of human beings.
– Helen Keller

To catch lots of fish, you must first go to the water

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
– Danny Kaye

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
       – Ella Williams

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.
       – Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.
       – Hugh Prather

Beautiful gifts from another dear friend


My very special friend Al did these pictures of Emma and I not too long ago and I regretfully admit that I never got around to posting them.

Thank you Al for your beautiful work and I’m sorry it has taken me so long to display these. 




Thank you dear friend; I especially treasure the way you captured Emma’s innocence…beautiful!


A Big Thank You to a Dear Friend


One of my dearest friends here on spaces gave Emma and I a wonderful gift today and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank her.  She is very talented and paints the most wonderful images of fairy scenes which is just a part of her artistic talents.  She was inspired to do this painting from a photo of Emma that I had posted in my latest album.

Below is the original photo and underneath is the magical scene she created.  As she is going to mail me a copy of the print, I will frame it and hang it in Emma’s bedroom as Emma was thrilled with the little girl and her pumpkin.

So, a great big THANK YOU to my dear friend SHARIwe love you!






Absolutely Magical!

Hearts and Minds – Giving


We get to make a living; we give to make a life.
– Winston Churchill

When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing.
– Anonymous
A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.
– Mohammed

The only gift is a portion of thyself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                                          You can’t put a price on generosity

Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.
– Helen Keller

The only truly happy man is always a fighting optimist. Optimism includes not only altruism but also social responsibility, social courage and objectivity.
– W. Beran Wolfe

The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.
– Traditional Proverb

He who lends to the poor gets his interest from God.
– German Proverb

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
– Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
– Helen Keller

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
– Anonymous

Listen with regard when others talk. Give your time and energy to others; let others have their own way; do things for reasons other than furthering your own needs.
– Larry Scherwitz

When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.
– Norman Vincent Peale

Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
– Philip Brooks

That which a man willingly shares, he keeps.
That which he selfishly keeps, he loses.
– Anonymous

Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.
– Persian Proverb

Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright,
for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is secure; he will have no fear;
in the end he will see his desire on his adversaries.
He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor,
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn [dignity] will be lifted high in honor.
– Psalm 112: 4-5, 7-9

One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but ends up impoverished.
-Proverbs 11:24

No one became poor by giving alms.
– French Proverb

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
– Mother Teresa, Albanian Roman Catholic missionary in India

The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.
– Leonard Nimoy, American actor, director and writer

To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power.  But to decide to whom to give it, and how large, and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in any man’s power nor an easy matter…
– Aristotle

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