Van Gogh on everyday poetry

Vincent Van Gogh:

Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.

Van Gogh's room


The honor of being with the broken

Therapist Joel Ybarra:

When spending time with broken people, it is important to remember that it is a blessed art – to witness their lives is to witness God moving in a real way…. When you are with them, you are a fortunate watcher of God’s grace being poured into a life….

There’s more; I kinda wanted to quote the whole thing.

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How to age gracefully

Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom, who exemplified aging gracefully and chasing God’s big dream right up to the end.

Kristen Welch, author of We Are That Family:

How to age gracefully:

– See yourself as He sees you

– Live scared; chase God’s big dream

– Find someone younger to mentor

– Encourage the woman who reminds you of yourself 10 years ago

– Embrace your appearance as it changes

Full post.

He who watches over you…

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook:

“Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:4)

‘Behold’ is here set up to call our attention to the cheering truth. … Jehovah is ‘the Keeper of Israel.’ No form of unconsciousness ever steals over Him…. He never fails to watch the house and the heart of His people. This is a sufficient reason for our resting in perfect peace. … The LORD keeps His people as a rich man keeps his treasure… He never forgets us, never ceases actively to care for us, never finds Himself unable to preserve us. O my LORD, keep me, lest I wander…. Keep me, that I may keep Thy commandments.”



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sky – .Bala via photopin cc

Mark Twain, on Congress

To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman.

— Letter to the editor, New-York Daily Tribune, March 10, 1873.

I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world.

— Quoted by Caroline Thomas Harnsberger in Mark Twain at Your Fingertips‎.

Suppose you were a member of Congress. And suppose you were an idiot. But I repeat myself.

— Quoted by Albert Bigelow Paine in Mark Twain: A Biography.


And a bonus quote, not by Twain, but regarding Congress…

Boris Marshalov:*

Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens—and then everybody disagrees.

*A Russian observer, after visiting the House of Representatives; reported in Senator Alexander Wiley, Laughing with Congress (1947).