Food for thought from "What I've Learned" . . . (Reader's Digest, October 2008)

Take your profession seriously; don't take yourself seriously.
~ Clint Eastwood

I get sillier as I get older, so I don't know what wisdom means. I can only pass on something that I've been acquanted with . . .
~ Judi Dench

History, theory, and critism are the three fundamental elements to grow in a professional life. History will provide you with the tools for understanding. Theory will be the pilosophy of why you're doing it. And criticism will provide you with the ability to continually master what you are doing. Play with these tools and you can do pretty good things.
~ Massimo Vignelli, interior and graphic designer


Food for thought from "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch:

It's important to have specific dreams.

So that was a setback. . . The brick walls are there for a reason. They're not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

Somehow, with the passage of time, and the deadlines that life imposes, surrendering became the right thing to do.

We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier.


Food for thought from "The Giant's House" by Elizabeth McCracken:

There is nothing I can't make into a library in my brain, no objects I don't imagine borrowing or lending out. Not out of generosity - I am a librarian, and protective - but out of a sense of strange careful justice. Part of me believes all material things belong to all people.

Peggy, you're too serious. In this life, you have to make things up.
Because. Because - that's what life is. Making yourself believe the best things you can.

...that he would, in fact, withhold things that would not ordinarily be secrets, just for the pleasure of withholding them. This was because Caroline so desperately wanted to hear them. You never tell your secrets to people who want to know, I understood that much.


Last evening, Saturday, October 18, was our annual Pumpkin Carving Party. We've lost count, but we think this was at least the 17th party. Attendance this year was 92.