Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

– Langston Hughes in Dreams


Dreams always come in a size too big so we can grow into them. – Josie Bisset


. . . if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

– Henry David Thoreau in Walden Pond



“But grandparents, imbued with a different sense of time, create a narrative arc across generations. If parents are the forward momentum of a child’s llife, we become the curators of traditions.”    –  Ellen Goodman/Washington Post Writers Group quoted in the Florida Times Union.

“Our echoes roll from soul to soul and grow forever and forever.”  – Alfred, Lord Tennyson in The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls from The Princess


Psalm 78: 2-4

2 I will open my mouth with a parable;

I will utter hidden things, things from of old—

3 things we have heard and known,

things our ancestors have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their descendants;

we will tell the next generation

the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,

his power, and the wonders he has done.

New International Version


Being Special, Unique

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.   – C. S. Lewis

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.    – Gilda Radner

Conventional is not for me. I like things that are uniquely Flo. I like being different.          – Florence Griffith Joyner, Olympic track and field star


Deep Summer

Heat Wave: “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”    – Sam Keen

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.     – Henry James

My dad at the Grandpa Martin farm

My dad Ray Longenecker at the Grandpa Martin farm,  circa 1920

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.

– Anton Chekhov


Your turn!

Did any of these quotes feel like an “Aha” moment for you? Will you add one?

Coming next: “I’m All Ears” with a Cliff & Marian tiff