Dan’s Wednesday Quote of the Week – #42 – Breathtaking Opportunities

What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems.

John W. Gardner, (1912 – 2002), a Republican who was Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat.  

My two cents: What do we have if we don’t have hope!

Dan’s Wednesday Quotes of the Week #41 – Will Rogers

Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.   

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day. 

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.   

There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it’s such a nice change from being young.   

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. 

Will Rogers, 1879-1935

Dan’s Wednesday Quotes of the Week #39 – The Stepping Off Place

It felt strange to have no filter on my words, to think and speak at the same time. I noticed how light the words were leaving my mouth.

I worked to keep up the retaining wall holding back all I didn’t say.

Drama is a funny thing, though. When you’re by yourself, lying facedown in the grass, drooling a little on yourself while you try to figure out how this horrible, horrible thing could have possibly happened, it isn’t dramatic. But as soon as you add a witness, it becomes absurdly dramatic. I guess the audience makes the difference.

The Stepping Off Place by Cameron Kelly Rosenblum

This is Cam’s debut young adult novel. The horrible, horrible thing in the above quote is about suicide, in this case teen suicide. She deals with the subject with compassion, understanding, and ultimately with hope.

Readers of this blog may recognize her last name as that of my teaching, hiking buddy Paul Rosenblum, who would come to my University of New England teacher education class to share his passion for the teaching life.

Dan’s Wednesday Quote of the Week #36 – Rise

Get off the sidelines. Get in the game. Rise!

Nancy Glaub, Mountain Brook, Alabama

Ms. Glaub writes after the death of a son to cancer, Eventually once I decided to survive, I faced the fact that at the age of 45 I had gifts and talents I wasn’t using, and I had time and resources to share. Then I heard Maya Angelou say that no matter what happens to knock you down, you must rise (“Still I Rise”).

Click here to see the full text of Still I Rise by Maya Angelou.

Dan’s Wednesday Quote of the Week #35 – Michael Douglas, UCSB alum

When asked What do you most want your kids and grandkids to learn from you? Michael Douglas said,

A work ethic. Courtesy to your fellow human beings. And kindness. Which are traits you have to work at and rehearse. Particularly compassion – I feel a certain responsibility to conduct myself as somebody who has been blessed and fortunate simply because I was born a white male. And also to teach them to be good citizens of the planet. I’m conscious of us all being in this together.

Michael Douglas in AARP – The Magazine, April/May 2021

*UCSB – University of California, Santa Barbara

By the way, Hannah I loved the Netflix series, The Kominsky Method starring the aforementioned Michael Douglas. Three seasons of gold.

Dan’s Wednesday Quote of the Week #34 – Being a Good Sport

From Dusk Night Dawn, Anne Lamott writes A successful writer in her early seventies, she survived a basically unsurvivable cancer twenty-five years ago. I thought she had a migraine, so I asked her if she was okay. She shook her head and sighed,

“I have made a life and career of being a good sport. And I’m worn out.”

Anne continues, All I could think to do in the moment was to agree. Me too. I am sick and tired of being a good sport and worker bee, chin up and adorably ironic.

They are not alone.

Oh, here’s one more gem from Anne.

Fear is not facts.