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  Volume 13, # 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November, 1997

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Plant these "seeds" well and water often. Enjoy!


On Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Locke

"Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge;
it is thinking that makes what we read ours."


On Doubts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Shakespeare

"Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."


Enthusiasm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walter Chrysler

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm. Yes, more than enthusiasm, I would say is excitement. I like to see people get excited. When they get excited, they make a success of their lives. You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eye, it is the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of your will and your energy to execute your ideas. Enthusiasts are fighters. They have fortitude, they have staying qualities. Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it, there are only alibis."


The Tide Will Turn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harriett Beecher Stowe, Guidewords, p. 81

"When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till 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."


On Hospitality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food and an immense quiet."


Inspiration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous


To Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Socrates

"Fellow citizens, why do you turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth and take so little care of your children, to whom one day you must relinquish it all."


The Duty of Each . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adm. Hyman G. Rickover

"I believe it is the duty of each of us to act as if the fate of the world depended on our actions because in a society that is willing to accept mediocrity, the opportunities for failure are boundless."


Thanksgiving Prayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer of Christians

"For the haunting rhythm of our universe,
we thank you, Creator and Lord.
For the still-reaching reachers of our world,
we thank you, Creator and Lord.
For giving us a history and a destiny,
we thank you, Redeemer and Lord.
For becoming yourself, a man among men,
we thank you, Redeemer and Lord.
For drawing us into the mystery of life and love,
we thank you, Spirit and Lord.
For touching us with stars and blades of grass,
we thank you, Spirit and Lord."


Thanksgiving Proclamation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pres. Calvin Coolidge

"We have been a most favored people.
We ought to be a most grateful people.
We have been a most blessed people.
We ought to be a most thankful people."


"Sanctifying Time, Place and People" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don E. Saliers, Weavings, Vol. II, #5

"Something deep within our existence creates a restlessness for God, yet we live and move and work in a culture of technology, efficiency and the tyranny of the literal. The hunger for holiness coexists uneasily with the practical atheism of our way of life. Still, the deepest language of the Christian biblical tradition claims that the created world itself already reflects the goodness of God but also groans in travail for sanctification and re-creation. The time and place where these tensions intersect is the gathered church at worship."


Overflowing Gratitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

"Here's a thought based on Oprah's book club: Sit down at the end of each day and write out 5 things for which you are grateful.

We go through life each day so unaware, and take for granted so many things. There are those persons, unseen and unknown, to whom we need to be grateful. We take for granted turning on a light switch. We assume electricity will light the lamp, but how about the people that keep the system running? Same for the water, and the supermarket. We walk in and everyday it's filled with food. How did it get on the shelves; how did it get to the stores; how did it get out of the fields; how did it first get planted?

Everyday we need to overflow with gratitude. Looking at life from such a perspective will begin to change our daily attitude towards all life, and, possibly, even towards our self and others."

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