“All we have in life is life. Things do not make life, life. The gift of life, the secret of life,is that it must be developed from within ourselves, not from what we collect or consume as we go through it, not even from what we experience in the course of it…(but from) a set of values,an attitude of mind, a way of going through life designed to bring life to life.”-Joan Chittister, Illuminated Life
“We look not at the things which are what you would called seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal.But the things that are not seen are eternal.”
– Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time.
“Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly that of courage to war.”
– David Foster Wallace, String Theory
This past weekend Mrs. Abstract and I stayed in Union Inn Hotel built in 1880 in Volcano, Amador County,CA.
The hotel has a small well library. I found a wonderful book, Home, written by Beth Powing.
“ It was November, our first autumn in the farm. The ground was frozen, there were white crystals in the black ice on the end and the sun traveled low across the sky.
We went into the woods to cut next year’s firewood.”
–Beth Powing, Home, Chronicle of a North Country Life
note: I’m sorry I’m slightly behind in my blog. I’m immersed in chess. I’m following the World Chess Championship in New York,N.Y between Magnus Carlsen, current world champion from Norway, who battles Sergei Karjakin, the challenger from Russia.
“The poet is always our contemporary. Our being for the moment is centred and constricted, as in any violent shock of personal emotion. Afterwards, it is true, the sensation begins to spread in wider rings through our minds; remoter senses are reached; these begin to sound and to comment and we are aware of echoes and reflections. The intensity of poetry covers an immense range of emotion.”-Virginia Woolf, How Should One Read A Book
“As both a student of history and a man devoted to living in the present, I admit that I do not spend a lot of time imagining how things might otherwise have been. But I do like to think there is a difference between being resigned to a situation and reconciled to it.”-Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
note: A Gentleman in Moscow is the book I am currently reading and enjoying it immensely.
On house searches
“Don’t think about what you are searching. Think about what you find. Why is that there?Should it be there? What does it mean? It’s like reading-if you think about an ‘l’ while looking at a ‘k’ you won’t see the words.”- Jo NesbØ.
note: I just finished reading Nemesis , a crime novel, by Jo NesbØ.
“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”―Sarah Bernhardt
note: quoted in Attitudes of Gratitude by M.J.Ryan
“Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be.”- Thich Nhat Hanh
note:quoted in the book,The BEAUTY of DIFFERENT by Karen Walrond.
photo: one rainy Saturday in Napa,CA
The happiest people I know are not those who are the most beautiful, rich or famous. The happiest people I see are simply those who stay cheerful and try to cheer up others while getting through their own bad stuff.- Helen Gurley Brown
note: quoted by Joyce Tenneson in her book WISE WOMEN