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Some of My Favorite Quotes

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question."  ~~Harun Yahya

"People inspire or they drain you--pick wisely."  ~~Hans F. Hansen

"Some books are so familiar to me that reading them is like being home again."  ~~Louisa May Alcott

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."  ~~Henry David Thoreau

"I want life to be like a movie. I think sometimes that's why I get disappointed with it, because it isn't."  ~~Nathan Evana

"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."  ~~Simone Weil

"We all need to speak up in favor of mutual respect and understanding of the values and beliefs of others."  ~~Ban Ki-moon

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway."  ~~Eleanor Roosevelt

"Abundance is, in large part, an attitude."  ~~Sue Paton Thoele

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."  ~~Susan B. Anthony

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it."  ~~Voltaire

"Be a rainbow in somebody's cloud."  ~~Maya Angelou

"There are times when life surprises one, and anything may happen, even what one had hoped for."  ~~Ellen Glasgow

"Tomorrow is forever, and years pass in no time at all."  ~~Mary Lawson

"Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering."  ~~Miguel Angel Ruiz

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become."  ~~Buddha

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest."  ~~Confucious

"Do not judge beliefs by their plausibility, but by the harm they may do."  ~~Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"I'm about community. If you do things right, if you look at the long term, if you're fair, you don't have to look at the bottom line every two seconds. That'll take care of itself."  ~~Greg O'Connell

"If liberty and justice mean anything, then access means everything."  ~~Charles Ogletree

"Only from the heart can you touch the sky."  ~~Jala ad-Din Rumi

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."  ~~Anna Quindlen

"The past is never dead. It isn't even past."  ~~William Faulkner


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Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

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Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?