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Jan. 31st, 2010

A thought full of hope

My brother just sent me this quote, and I wanted to share it:

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

-Howard Zinn, RIP

Aug. 27th, 2008

Del Martin, R.I.P.


Del & Phyllis atop their wedding cake, June 16, 2008

Mar. 18th, 2008

R.I.P.

First Anthony Minghella and now Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

Here are Mr. Clarke's observations on turning 90 and the changes he's seen:


I fear what else this day will bring.

Sep. 7th, 2007

sadness

I'm very sad today: Madeline L'Engle is dead. I still remember discovering A Wrinkle In Time when I was just a little girl, and being *amazed* that someone could think of the world that way. Although there've been many, many authors who have inspired my love of fantasy, she was the first.

I'm also sad because the Ex is coming over to pick up the kidlets (my cat and dog) soon. I'm lucky that he's so good about looking after them when I go out of town. But gosh, I'm going to miss them! They're both getting lots of cuddles now, and finger-fulls of peanut butter, which always gives Rudy the runs but hey, I won't be around to worry about it. :)