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Quote Friday #19

Christmas can be a stressful time. High expectations, perhaps. Expecting peace and love and charity and good cheer, that your Christmas will look like the one in the magazine. Instead, you find yourself rushing about to parties that you’re not sure you really want to be at. Relationships strain as dormant feelings of resentment or hurt are brought to the surface. You eat too much, drink too much, all the while wishing you could lie in bed and read a...

Quote Friday #18

Are you a Leunig fan? I find myself drawn to his work, his child-like, often melancholy, yet still joyful take on life. When the to-do list seems to be getting choc-a-bloc and my mind becomes feverish, I think of this quote: “It is worth doing nothing and having a rest.” In this age of constant productivity and self-improvement, when every minute of the day is supposed to be accounted for and spent in the most useful way, I find this...

Quote Friday #17

“There is something wonderful in feeling the presence of the writer within you, of something wilful that seems to have a plan” George Saunders...

Quote Friday #16

Hey hey! Happy weekend to you and yours! I’m home alone this weekend and rather looking forward to it. I have a list of about twenty things I want to do – let’s see if I can do, well, maybe ten. This is not exactly a quote, more of an excerpt from an Ask Polly article I was reading today. It would be better if you read the whole article, which you can find here. I like the idea of deciding...

Quote Friday #15

  I’ve been struggling a little this last week with the whole writing thang. Feeling discouraged, stupid, letting the mean voice get the better of me. Doubting myself, despite knowing that self-doubt is poison to creativity. Sometimes it’s hard to take your own advice. But then, today, the clouds parted. Good things are ahead, friends. I can feel it. I listened to this wonderful Conversations episode on my walk into the city this morning, Richard Fidler chatting with Richard Flanagan...

Quote Friday #14

“She stiffened a little on the kerb, waiting for Durtnall’s van to pass. A charming woman, Scrope Purvis thought her (knowing her as one does know people who live next to one in Westminster); a touch of the bird about her, of the jay, blue-green, light, vivacious, though she was over fifty, and grown very white since her illness. There she perched, never seeing him, waiting to cross, very upright. For having lived in Westminster – how many years now?...

Quote Friday #13

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” Crowfoot...

Quote Friday #12

A quote about baby boomers… ‘How prosperous, how influential, how they had flourished under a government they had despised for almost seventeen years. Talking ’bout my generation. Such energy, such luck. Nurtured in the post-war settlement with the State’s own milk and juice, and then sustained by their parents’ tentative, innocent prosperity, to come of age in full employment, new universities, bright paperback books, the Augustan age of rock and roll, affordable ideals. When the ladder crumbled behind them, when...

Used To Used To Used To

I’ve spent this week in Vanuatu on a short-term work assignment. It’s been great revisiting an aid program I used to be a part of, a program that brings the churches in Vanuatu together to work on development projects. I know the people involved, and it’s nice to catch up with old friends, but also strange, because I’m just dipping my toe in the water and then leaving again. I’m not around for the long-term. The people here know that,...

Quote Friday #11

Did you see the Pixar movie Brave? Man, it is so good. A warrior princess who won’t conform, an ancient curse, a broken bond between mother and daughter, the push and pull of love and independence. This week’s Quote Friday quote made me think about that film. “There is no problem being brave if one is not afraid.” Tove Jansson...