Thursday, December 30, 2010


"Don't change yourself to fit the job, change the job to fit you."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


"I've been rereading your story. I think it's about me in a way that might not be flattering, but that's okay. We dream and dream of being seen as we really are and then finally someone looks at us and sees us truly and we fail to measure up. Anyway: story received, story included. You looked at me long enough to see something mysterioso under all the gruff and bluster. Thanks. Sometimes you get so close to someone you end up on the other side of them."
-Richard Siken


"A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain."
-Scott Fitzgerald

Friday, December 17, 2010


"The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul."
-Khalil Gibran


"How are you ever going to change anything if you only want to look at what's pretty?"
-Bob Dylan

Sunday, December 12, 2010


"There are better things ahead than any we leave behind."
-C.S. Lewis

Friday, December 10, 2010


"To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are."
-Muhammad Ali

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break.
-William Shakespeare

Friday, December 3, 2010


"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
-Mary Oliver


"When you cannot make up your mind which of two eveny balanced courses of action you should take--choose the bolder."
-W.J. Slim

Thursday, December 2, 2010


"You can't wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club."
-Jack London

No Matter

"Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind."
-Dr. Seuss


"You can't see anything new until you change where you stand."
-Allie Moss

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


"Would you like me to give you a formula for success?  
It's quite simple, really.  Double your rate of failure. 
You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it 
isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can 
learn from it.  So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you 
can. Because remember that's where you will find success." 
--Thomas J. Watson

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


"The more often a man feels without acting, the less he will ever be able to act, and in the long run, the less he will ever be able to feel."
-C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."

Monday, November 22, 2010


"The more we are entrained into the outer world in all these new and increasingly rapid ways that our nervous system has never before encuontered, the more important it may be for us to develop a robust counterbalance of teh inner world: one that calms and tunes the nervous system andputs itin the service of living wisley, both for ourselves and for tohers."
-Jon Kabat Zinn

Thursday, November 18, 2010


"And I believe it's a shame we collectively bear, the shame of creating a world where too many women opt to trade sex for power because they don't see any other convincing options. All of humanity suffers every time a woman, young or not, uses her body not to express herself, but to secure a self; not to feel pleasure, but to gratify another's; not to share love, but to barter for it."  
-Kathryn Soper found here

Monday, November 15, 2010


"When you are endowed in the House of the Lord, you literally bless the very ground you walk upon."
-Elder Groberg


"No matter what you do, you will get criticized. So do exactly what you want to do."
-Nancy Regan


 "What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and my be. He needs an objective and a purpose.  He needs a feeling and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do. What this is no one can tell him. It must be his own creation."
-Joseph M. Dodge

Thursday, November 11, 2010


"You marry at the level of your self esteem.  Make sure you have self worth."
-Marie Osmond

Monday, November 8, 2010


"Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won't suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when the person looks back- she will hear her heart."
-Paulo Coelho


"You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it."
-Linda A. Lavid


"There is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for."

-Dona M. Deane, Honor Your Gifts, p. 199


"The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes, or other people's opinions."

-Harpreet Kaur Kapoor


"When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are tools God uses to show us the way."
-Paulo Coelho Brida (1990)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"It's much easier, she realized, to be on the verge of something than to actually be it. This would still take time."
-The Book Thief

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


"If you want it badly enough, and are willing to make some changes in your life to cause it to happen, you too can take over the world...or do anything else you really want to do. Yes, you really can have it all. The only things you'll need to give up are assumptions, expectations, and the comfort zone that holds you back from greatness." -Chris Guillebeau

Henry David Thoreau

"I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true for human beings. We do not wish to see children "precocious," like sprouts producing a soft and perishable timber, but rather, better, as if contending gradually with difficulties, they are solidified and gradually perfected."  - from the journal of Henry David Thoreau


Martha's words:

"Last week I got to listen to a famous essayist. He calls himself a story addict. He said he tells stories to crack open windows and doors inside him. Not only to let things out, but to let things in. Like laughter. Or tears."

Sunday, October 31, 2010


"Most of the trouble in the world is due to our inability to imagine the innerness of other lives.” 
-EM Forster

Write Again

"The point is this: As I write my life, I learn my thoughts, whether good or ill, conscious or subconscious. They are my thoughts, and as I come to recognize them I become less and less vulnerable to the Ophelia Syndrome through which others once dictated my life to me."
-Tom Plummer


"Never ever try to play catch up, or you'll never start writing."
-Louise Plummer


"Those days when I realize that this requires so much more of a better me than I had ever before supposed. And tat this-this me, all I have to give."
-Tessa Meyer santiago


"Let the fragments of love be reassembled in you. Only then will you have true courage."
-Hayden Carruth

Thursday, October 28, 2010


"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

paul mcclean, a river runs through it

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."

ivan turgenev

Monday, October 25, 2010


"There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they
are far less than the long-range risks and costs of
comfortable inaction." --John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


“With each recurrence of anger, or jealousy, or fear, you are given the choice to challenge it, or to give into it. Each time you challenge it, it loses power and you gain power. Each time you are tempted to become angry, or jealous, or fearful, and you challenge that feeling, you empower yourself. There would be no accumulation of strength inside if the choices that you make did not require discipline and intention.” -Gary Zukav Seat of the Soul

Sunday, October 17, 2010


"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps, with perfect sweetness, the independence of solitude."

Friday, October 15, 2010


"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape
ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the
choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, October 12, 2010



"I am a Mormon because I believe in revelation, both revelation from a prophet of God and personal revelation, the kind that feels right in my heart. I believe in what has been revealed, what is now revealed and what will be revealed. Because of revelation, the gospel of Jesus Christ is empowering to me, it calls me up and pushes me beyond. I am a Mormon because it brings light to my life.

I am Mormon not because it provides me all the answers. I don't know why I was infertile for five years and one day I wasn't. I don't know why good things happen to bad people. I don't know why some of us are attracted to the same gender. I don't know why some of us are attracted to both genders. I don't know why we once practiced polygamy and now we do not. I don't know a lot of things, but that is not why I am a Mormon.

I am Mormon because it allows me to seek out truth. And some truths take a lifetime (or beyond) to understand.

I am a Mormon because I believe all that God has revealed to me about me, all that He does now reveal to me about me, and I believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to me about me. Like how I can be a better mother, or friend or example of Christ. Like how to love others in a way that they need to be loved. I can never be settled about what any of those things mean, they constantly evolve. And just when I have decided on one certainty it will change. So I have given up on saying anything is definite. Especially my momentary opinions, because they change the most.

And that is why I am Mormon, I believe in the nearness of God and the improbability of the permanent."

Thursday, October 7, 2010


“Luxury is the opposite of vulgarity. Luxury is the opposite of status. It is the ability to make a living by being oneself. It is the freedom to refuse to live by habit. Luxury is liberty. Luxury is elegance. True elegance is refusal.”

Coco Chanel


"Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."

Catcher in the Rye

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -Leonardo DaVinci

Sunday, October 3, 2010


"Oddly I know what I believe because of what I've written." -JK Rowling


Fear is not what’s important, it’s how you deal with it. It would be like asking a marathon runner if they feel pain. It’s not a matter of whether you feel it, it’s how you manage it.
James Nachtwey

Thursday, September 30, 2010


"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we
should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough
to disarm any hostility."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


"What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of
work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and may
be. He needs an objective and a purpose. He needs a feeling
and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do. What
this is no one can tell him. It must be his own creation."
--Joseph M. Dodge

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


"People only see what they are prepared to see." -Emerson


"No matter what you do, you will get criticized. So do
exactly what you want to do."
-- Nancy Reagan

Sunday, September 26, 2010


FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANY WAY! This is what she lived by. This was her daily motto. May you take it into your own lives. May you step out of the box and try new things. May you run and not walk to find your happiness. May you find who you really are. May you know that she never said it would be easy but that it would be WORTH it. I love you all. -Anne Marie Barton

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


"A life of reaction is a life of slavery.  Intellectually
and spiritually one must fight for action and not reaction."

Monday, September 20, 2010


You write in order to change the world…. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” -James Baldwin


"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet
must write if he is to be a peace with himself. One must
be what one can be."
--Abraham Maslow


"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and
know that everything has a purpose."
--Elizabeth Kublar Ross


"Make visible what without you might never be seen." 
--Rob Bresson

Sunday, September 19, 2010


“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand

Friday, September 17, 2010


"People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it. What you do serves as the proof as what you believe." -Simon Sinek from speech

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


"Where is the life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" T.S. Eliot

Monday, September 13, 2010


"I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling
that's as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way
to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way
to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard,
and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you."
--Oprah Winfrey


"If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail."

Saturday, September 11, 2010


"Never love anybody who treats you like you're ordinary." -Oscar Wilde

Let there be light

"Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish."

— Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters


"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’"

Kurt Vonnegut

Friday, September 10, 2010


"One's best success comes after his greatest
--Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Of e-books she wrote, "Some things should happen on soft paper, not cold metal." -Harper Lee


"There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they
are far less than the long-range risks and costs of
comfortable inaction." --John F. Kennedy

Monday, September 6, 2010


"It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure."

albert einstein

Sunday, September 5, 2010


"If nothing else, one day you can look someone straight in the eyes and say, ‘But I lived through it. And it made me who I am today.’"


"I hope that someday, somebody wants to hold you for twenty minutes straight, and that’s all they do. They don’t pull away. They don’t look at your face, they don’t try to kiss you. All they do is wrap you up in their arms, without an ounce of selfishness in it."

— Waitress

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Think big and act soon.

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
--Benjamin Franklin

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. -- Ray Kroc


"You make a living by what you get.  You make a life by
what you give."

--Winston Churchill


"Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I stood." -JK Rowling

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for
wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the
potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees
the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And
what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so
intoxicating, as possibility!

Søren Kierkegaard

Friday, August 20, 2010


“Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.”- Edward Thorndike (1874-1949), American psychologist

"Learning colors a man more than the deepest dye."
- Chinese Proverb

"Only the educated are free."
- Epictetus (55-135), stoic Greek philosopher

Thursday, August 19, 2010


"Memory is a giggling sprite and will not be tamed. She takes flight the moment the present becomes the past."

— Real Live Preacher

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain

Sunday, August 8, 2010


You’ve been walking in circles, searching. Don’t drink by the water’s edge. Throw yourself in. Become the water. Only then will your thirst end.
— Jeanette Berson


It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting……Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams master the lessons we have learned as we have moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up…. [At this point] Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.
— Paulo Coelho


Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.
— Elbert Hubbard

Saturday, August 7, 2010


"Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screeneed porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape."

— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


"I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then."

— Lewis Carroll


"It may have just been a moment to you, but it changed every single one that followed for me."

I Wrote This For You

Thursday, August 5, 2010


"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
It’s a perfectly simple idea—a sage lyric from
Leonard Cohen—but I’m not sure I never thought about the cracks in things or in ourselves quite like that. The idea that the cracks actually bring the gift of illumination is a huge sigh of relief.
I repeat the lines in my head over and over again and I feel liberated. Why try to hide an imperfection that brings with it light? Imagine, if we begin to see the cracks like this, what happens to the rest of our fractures and flaws? There must be
a silver lining to more of the less-than-perfect traits that we too often try to cover/mask/hide.
As I muse on the idea of celebrating my own imperfections, I encourage you to do the same. Let’s turn self-consciousness on its ear and willingly reveal the fissures that run through each of us. Perhaps if we begin to look at the cracks under a new, gentler, more tolerant lens, perhaps we can bring to light all the beauty—the big perfectly imperfect picture—of who we are."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


a person's life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art or love or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened.

albert camus

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I want you to find the poor here….
right here in your own home first. Be the good news to your own people first. Very often we are all smiles outside, but we are all sad inside and when we come home we have no time to smile.
— Mother Theresa


"I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind."

— Emily Brontë, Wuthering Height


"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

— Ronald Dahl


"Forever is composed of nows."

Emily Dickinson


"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


"The moon is whole all the time, but we can’t always see it. What we see is an almost moon or a not-quite moon. The rest is hiding just out of view, but there’s only one moon, so we follow it in the sky. We plan our lives based on its rhythms and tides."

Alice Sebold, The Almost Moon


"The future is called ‘perhaps,’ which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you."

— Tennessee Williams


"Our doubts are traitors,
And makes us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt."

Lucio of “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare


"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars."

— Og Mandino


"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well."

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery


"‘You know, you’re a little complicated after all.”
“Oh no,” she assured him hastily. “No, I’m not really - I’m just a - I’m just a whole lot of different simple people.’"

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night


"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance and write poems and suffer and understand, for all of that is life."

J. Krishnamurti


"But you know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light."

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


You will never meet anyone who has done something great who waited for permission to do something great.


I wondered if every road was connected to every other road. I wondered if I touched it, if maybe somewhere, you would know.


"The human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. that death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed."

Mitch Albom


"The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere."

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh


"If we never met again in our lives I should feel that somehow the whole adventure of existence was justified by my having met you."

— Lewis Mumford

Sunday, July 18, 2010


"Let will be that reason."

Thursday, July 15, 2010


there is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up and beams and BLAZES in the dark hour of adversity.

washington irving

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


i love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

pablo neruda

Sunday, July 11, 2010


"It is not money that makes you well dressed, it is understanding." -Christian Dior

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sophie Rose


Sunday, July 4, 2010


“There is one responsibility which no man can evade and that responsibility is personal influence. Man's unconscious influence, unconscious influence, the silent, subtle radiation of his personality. The effect of his words and acts. These are tremendous. Every moment of life he is changing to a degree the life of the whole world. Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other. Man cannot escape for one moment from this radiation of his character. This constantly weakening of strengthening of others. He cannot evade the responsibility by saying it is an unconscious influence. He can select the qualities he would permit to be radiated. He can cultivate sweetness, calmness, trust, generosity, truth, justice, loyalty, nobility, and make them vitally active in his character. By these qualities he will constantly affect the world. This radiation to which I [4] refer comes from what a person really is, not from what he pretends to be. Every man by his mere living is radiating sympathy, sorrow, or morbidness, cynicism, or happiness or hope, or any other hundred qualities. Life is a state of radiation and absorption. To exist is to radiate. To exist is to be the recipient of radiation.” David O. McKay ( )

Saturday, June 26, 2010



Thursday, June 24, 2010




Monday, June 14, 2010


"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” –Franz Kafka

Tuesday, June 8, 2010



The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott



"An interior is a protection of the soul."
-Coco Chanel

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

Gwyneth Paltrow



“Good done anywhere is good done everywhere.”
~Maya Angelou~

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


"The beautiful thing about vintage and perfectly rustic pieces is that the chipped paint, tiny dents, and worn places all hold the secrets and stories of another lifetime . . ."

Thursday, May 27, 2010


When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
(Harriet Beecher Stowe)