Friday, May 25

Quotes of Note ~ and.....

"Lots of people think they're charitable if they give away their old clothes and things they don't want. It isn't charity to give away things you want to get rid of and it isn't a sacrifice to do things you don't mind doing."

Myrtle Reed, author (1874-1911)

(I know Tiff wrote about this quote recently, and she was hilarious, as usual. But it bears thinking about in a serious manner, too. See Tiff's take on it here, and scroll down to May 17th:








The crucial disadvantage of aggression, competitiveness, and skepticism as national characteristics is that these qualities cannot be turned off at five o'clock.




Margaret Halsey, novelist (1910-1997)




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"Some people shed light on solutions. Others only make a din about the way things are. Some people help us to see the situation more clearly. Others just sound off about who's to blame. Some people show a better way. Others clamor about the present course of action. Some people offer to help. Others wail about the problem.

The sun rises every morning and sheds light, vanquishing the night's darkness. The rooster also rises every morning and makes noise, which does nothing about the darkness. How could things be different if you were more like the sun than the rooster? What if you decided today to contribute to the light?"

- Steve Goodier







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The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.




Mignon McLaughlin, journalist and author (1913-1983)







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I should be smacked for forgetting my camera when I went to work last Saturday. Mel's wedding was at our new super nice 5-star hotel - The Umstead - and the centerpieces were smashing! Picture 3+ feet tall "Pilsner" vases filled with Granny Smith apples, and out of the top of each one rise 14 huge buttercream-colored French tulips. The stems are at least 2 feet tall, and they sit on pewter overlays with a full complement of wine glasses and silverware with mahogany Chivari chairs. It was beautiful and none of us had our cameras. Bah.

The ceremony arrangements were the same French tulips, mixed with very tall pussy willow branches in modern containers, on tall pedestals. It was elegance personified!



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I got through "Dancing with the Stars" Monday night without falling asleep. I really didn't care who won because they were all so good this season. Apolo and Julianne were adorable together and Joey and Kym had fantastic showmanship. Laila is so beautiful; her smile lights up a whole room. Any one of them could have won and it would have pleased me.












































19 comments:

tiff said...

When one day I can figure out how to use permalinks, I'll be very glad indeed. :> thanks for the mention and plug! Have a terrific weekend.

LZ Blogger said...

Consider yourself SMACKED!!! ~jb///

Mr. Althouse said...

I have come to the conclusion that I can't possibly capture it all. Some things, I guess, are meant to live only in memory. I kind of like getting some great inspiration to write about something and not acting on it. The moment is gone forever.

Mike

Mr. Althouse said...

IT"s kind of like...

That typo changes the whole meaning of the sentence.

colleen said...

I could just throw my stuff in the landfill. I actually don't give much away, pack rat that I am, but I'm glad others do because I love thrift shops. Michele sent me over.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Gee, Judy, I didn't know you were so into quotes. Let's see, maybe I can make one up:

"Heaven's to Betsy, Murgatroyd, it's true that (fill in the blank)."

Glad to help out.

LZ Blogger said...

Judy... Don't you read your posts? You said, "someone should smack me for forgetting my camera" SOOOO... I did! (not very hard though!) Sorry you didn't catch my humor! (don't worry) I'm sure you aren't the FIRST! ~ jb///

Peter said...

Hi Judy, don't you carry a cell phone?? you and I might be the only two people in the world who don't.... If you do, get one with a camera built in, it's better than nothing.

Jamie Dawn said...

I have never gotten into the show Dancing with the Stars. I'm sure I would enjoy it, but I just haven't ever taken time to watch it. I saw a part of one of the shows once and it looked pretty fun.

Too bad you didn't bring your camera and capture the elegance.

Have a nice holiday weekend.

jac said...

love the quotes and they do indeed make you think with your thinker.
thanks for linking to tiff she's pretty cool.
here from michele's to say HI!

Carmi said...

You may have forgotten your camera, Judy, but you managed to paint such a picture with words that I still feel as if I saw it through your eyes.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Love all these quotes, Judy...You always have the best quotatioons on your blog---Like Deana, too!

I'm soooo sorry you didn't have your camera, too! I would have loved seeing those fantastic sounding centerpieces, etc, etc....

Going off to visit Tiff, right now!

PI said...

I used to run a charity shop. Did you know some people cut buttons off cardigans etc in case they can use them. That's charity for you!

PI said...

Just been to Michele's and she sent me right back. I'm glad Mike corrected his typo - I was mystified!

sage said...

That first quote reminded me of the caller to the Butterball Turkey hotline who asked if a turkey in the freezer for 10 years would still be safe to eat. The operator told them that if it had remained frozen, it should be fine, but the tasted might be lacking. "That's all reight," the caller said, "I was going to give it to church for some poor family."

Write From Karen said...

I'm afraid I have to agree with that first quote and it's always been a pet peeve of mine when people get all rosy about dropping off their "trash: for the underpriviledged.

I'm one of those people who shed a light on situations and then stand back and watch people grapple for a solution. I'm afraid I'm a teensy-tiny bit outspoken. *grin*

Michele says have a good weekend!

Anna said...

Hope you are having a good weekend! It has been a busy one here! :)

Shephard said...

The Myrtle Reed quote...
Very thought provoking.
I happen to think if you make any effort, it's charity, no matter how easy or hard it is for you. I think it's a little unkind to measure charity based on effort. Because if every single person did exactly what she said didn't count, think of the surplus of clothing etc.
But the spirit of what she's saying is to go out of your way. Nice thought, if a little judgmental.
~S

Cris said...

Love your quotes, the first one is powerful. Your description of the flower arrangements is beautiful, no cameras... I hate myself when I think I won't need my camera and bang, there goes an opportunity for a great shot!