Purple Passages with Pictures, January 2014 edition

VISIONS and DREAMS for 2014

courtesy Google Images
courtesy Google Images

A man must have dreams–memory dreams of the past and eager dreams of the future. I never want to stop reaching for new goals. – Maurice Chevalier

Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.        Habakkuk 2:2   New King James Version (NKJV)

Between your dream‘s inspiration and its manifestation, there’s going to be a lot of perspiration.     Daily Devotional: The Word for you Today, January 2, 2014 entry

A [wo]man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.  John Barrymore


Yesterday is today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.  Kahlil Gibran

Memory is the script of the soul.  Aristototle

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our [grand]children. Charles R. Swindoll


God gave us memory so we might have roses in December, (January, February  . . )

From my JOURNALS 1996-1998

Gratitude is the heart’s memory.  French proverb

Puttering is creating a fresh interior landscape.   Sarah Ban Breathnach in Simple Abundance

Women share with men the need for personal success, even the taste for power, and no longer are we willing to satisfy those needs through the achievements of surrogates, whether husbands, children or merely role models.       Elizabeth Dole

On Music:

“The auditory nerve is very closely connected to the limbic system so that sound (i.e. music) does not have to go through the cortex of the brain but goes directly to the heart, the senses.”     unknown source  (noted April 9, 1998)


Rhythm in music imprints language on the brain in a way pure auditory words will not. Slower tempo in classical music develops a framework for learning to occur. NPR report on “The Mozart Effect” (1998)


What Makes a Moonbeam Audible for you?

Feel free to comment also on any of the categories about: visions, dreams, memory, music, or something else. I will always reply!

Still time to vote for my story in Sonia Marsh’s My Gutsy Story Contest. Thank you, thank you to all who have already voted. You make a difference!

To Vote:  http://soniamarsh.com/2014/01/vote-for-your-favorite-december-2013-my-gutsy-story.html

To Read: http://soniamarsh.com/2013/12/rising-above-the-pettiness-to-focus-on-the-positive-by-marian-beaman.html


Voting closes at 12:00 midnight PST, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.


14 thoughts on “Purple Passages with Pictures, January 2014 edition

    1. Thanks for the link. I went right to it! My Grandmother had lilac sachets in her lingerie drawer too and a trellis of lilacs growing up over the porch. I always associate her with that strong, sweet fragrance. It is true: Smell is the strongest and most vivid sense for long-term memories. You must be familiar with Diane Ackerman’s work: A Natural History of the Senses, great at blending the literary with the scientific.

      Thanks for spreading the joy, on my blog today and beyond. By the end of the day you will be The Gutsy Story Contest winner. Let me be the first to congratulate you, Laurie!


      1. Marian – Isn’t it interesting that so many women in our young-and-spunky age bracket had grandmothers who favored lilac?! And yes, I am familiar with Diane Ackerman’s work. If any of your readers aren’t they would do well to avail themselves with her writing.

        Thank you for the congratulations. If I do win the contest, I’m going to select the how-to writing book about emotion 🙂


    1. Absolutely! But I am not sure of the attribution for “Music is what feelings sound like” if you this include in your book. You might do a Google Advanced search. As you see, it’s just a snippet! Thanks for the mention–and the visit today.


  1. Ah, “Music is what feelings feel like” is an absolutely beautiful thought. Kudos on a post filled with richness and beauty. A lovely way to end my evening. Thanks, dear friend!


    1. I’m glad this post felt uplifting to you. I know you and Bob both love music. Perhaps some music therapy is in order? More references to the power of music in the February Purple Passages post. Thanks for the visit–and the comment, Sherrey.


  2. My favorite quote was about dreams and regrets. It’s so true that life loses its luster once we start seeing it for its disappointments instead of its possibilities.


Thank You for Leaving a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s