"you have to write a blog in 'etc'," sis calling me out for not having written since 7/16..
so i shall write about a light in my life, my dear sweet darling sister, haley marie.
ever since i can remember, you've been my best bud / my partner in spontaneity / a hero. i'm so sure those first 21 months without you were lonely, thank God you came along. every memory from my childhood is with you! -from making up dances/songs together &pretending i can sing like you.. to teaching our neighbors school during the summers &figuring out how to reconfigure the cable mom had disconnected.. playing everything together- "today show" /weather channel, home depot, scientist lab, to having shared a bedroom as kids &adults for 6 months, the sister song, & our 1st apartment together. that night, we ran around that farmhouse making all the noise we could because no one could tell us we were being too loud-ha! those many many months you made up my rent.. you have always bailed me out. i look back on that time so fondly &wouldn't have wanted to spend it with any one but you! <3
when you skipped school to get us iceys..&how you'd fuss over my decorating our places &my pasta sauce.. even at a young age you were sensitive to my being jealous that you were the 1 to make the "gifted &talented" program.. you are always thinking about someone else, hale. &everyone who knows you loves you! i'm just fortunate that you're my sister. your gentleness, love, joy, kindness, goodness, &faithfulness is what everyone can see in you. you're my biggest fan, my best encourager. if i am anything, it is because of the example my younger sister has set.
"i miss you everyday." you have always been my best friend. i love you so much!
if you can , keep your head when all about you are losing theirs &blaming.. trust yourself when all men doubt, but make allowance for their doubting too; if you can wait ¬ be tired of waiting, or being lied about, don't deal in lies, or being hated, don't give way to hating, &yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise. if you can dream -¬ make dreams your master; think -¬ make thoughts your aim; if you can meet w Triumph &Diaster, &treat those 2 imposters just the same; if you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap fro fools, or watch the things you gave your life to, broken. &stoop &build em up w worn -out tools. if you can make 1 heap of all your winnings &risk it on 1 turn of pitch &toss, &lose, &start again at your beginnings, &never breathe a word about your loss.. if you can talk w crowds &keep your virtue, or walk w Kings -nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you. if all men count w you, but none too much.. Yours is the Earth &everything that's in it, &-which is more -you'll be a Man, my son!
-father's advice to son; Kipling
"in order2be able2think you have2risk being offensive."JBP
i am no bird; &no net ensnares me. -charlotte bronte
"never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -in nothing, great or small, large or petty -never give in except to convictions of honor &good sense." -w. churchill. 10/28/41
i am not afraid of storms, for i am learning how to sail my ship. -louisa may alcott
nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. persistence &determination alone are omnipotent.
i am not an extraordinary man, &i am quite ordinary. but God chose me for something quite extraordinary. -a. valladares receives '16 canterbury medal.
not failure, but low aim, is crime -james russell lowell
a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus -mlk jr. (you are all leaders .#experts)
it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust &sweat &blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again &again because there is no effort without error &shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows in the end the trump of high achievement, &who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold &timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -theodore roosevelt
we are what we repeatedly do. excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -aristotle
no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -eleanor roosevelt
a dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.-gk c.