Purple Passages and a Laugh: May 2014 Edition

Miracles & Problems



Uncertainty & Faith

The opposite of doubt is not faith. It’s certainty. Faith based on certainty is no faith at all.      Anne Lamott

Embrace the present. Uncertainty is no excuse for paralysis. Do not wait for good to happen for yourself in order to do good for others.     Leymah Gbowee

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.     

Hebrews 11:1   NIV


Tea and Books

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. C. S. Lewis



Mothers & Mother’s Day  

This year has celebrated its 100th anniversary in America

Mother jivving to "Turn Your Radio on and Listen to the Music in the Air"
Mother jiving to “Turn Your Radio on and Listen to the Music in the Air” on my iPod

A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.

Honore de Balzac

I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.

 E. M. Forster

Roses and Love Life


I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.        Eleanor Roosevelt

Laughter is carbonated holiness. 
― Anne Lamott

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Add a quote or comment on one you’ve read. Please do!

And you can be sure I’ll join the conversation.

(Coming next: “Where the Magic Happens” showcasing author Mary Gottschalk)


23 thoughts on “Purple Passages and a Laugh: May 2014 Edition

  1. I love the photo of your mom jiving to the music on your iPod! I hope you had a good Mother’s Day. The Balzac quote is wonderful, it captures so much in just a few words, but it is exactly how I feel about my mother and also about my own experience as a mother–the future and the past. Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote made me laugh out loud!


    1. First one out of the gate this morning, Thank you, Merril. I’m glad you enjoyed the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. We think of her as rather stodgy, but she has great wisdom. She is one of my role models for overcoming self-doubt.– such an admirable woman. Yes, my Mother’s Day was great, our children planned a family picnic around the pool. Again, thanks for the comment.


  2. What a delightful pot-pourri. I wonder and am so curious as to what exactly your mother was listening to, to bring out the jive. Adorable photo.
    Yes, Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman. Joseph Lash wrote a biography of her later years after FDR’s death that I enjoyed, Eleanor: The Years Alone. She certainly carved out her own identity.


  3. I want to be like your momma when I get old, jiving to an oldie. Keeps you young. Love your quotes, and here’s mine for today, “Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” Howard Newton


    1. Thanks for the quote which I can add to my growing collection, Carolyn.

      As for your wish, by all indications you will be jiving to oldies but goodies by the time you reach Mom’s age. We have photos to prove it – ha!


  4. Marian – The photo of your mom rockin’ your iPod is fantastic! And I love the new-to-me quote: “Laughter is carbonated holiness” by Anne Lamott. With that in mind, here’s my quote contribution. I wish I knew the source, but I don’t:

    “Good moms let you lick the beaters. Great moms turn them off first.”


    1. Laurie – your quote is belly-laughing funny. I’m still laughing. Don’t tell that in church: You’d have the whole bench rockin.’ Thanks again for the Tweet too.


  5. Eleanor had such a sense of humor despite all she must have been going through or feeling. She did not come across as emotional, but I am certain she had them. Loved your mom’s pic. It makes my heart warm.


  6. I’m in complete agreement with C.S. Lewis, and your photo makes me want to pull up a chair to that table! Coffee says energy but tea says comfort!


    1. Tea is my beverage too – maybe coffee with dessert. You are invited to join me sometime – the tea table is just behind my desk and writing chair.

      I can’t resist a quote that combines tea with a witticism from Eleanor Roosevelt: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water!” As always, thanks for commenting, Traci.


  7. Uncertainty is no excuse for paralysis… There may never be a better time to complete a task than today.


    1. In my reply to Traci above I couldn’t help myself, so I added another one by the witty First Lady and hot water and a tea bag. You probably have heard of that one too! l’m always happy to see your smiling face here in “comments,” Darlene. Thank you!


  8. I love all of them and I love the tea set! Beautiful! Added a link to my FB page hoping others will follow your wonderful blog! I enjoy it so much whenever I have the opportunity to stop in.


    1. Thank for commenting and for promoting me on your Facebook page. It is such encouragement to a writer/blogger like me from a published writer like you. I’m glad you enjoy the quotes. I hope you had a cuppa tea while reading them. 🙂


  9. I love the quotes and images, beginning with the first one. Lots of wisdom in the people you’ve chosen. I’ve loved that quote from Eleanor Roosevelt for a long time. Thanks.


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