E. E. Cummings Quotes

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Tomorrow is our permanent address.

An intelligent person fights for lost causes, realizing that others are merely effects.

E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962) was a gifted American poet, writer, playwright, and essayist.  Many regard him as one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.

Life’s Winter Darkness

From Psalm 31:9-10:  “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.  For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.”

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Feeling earth’s numbing cold

Facing each new trial

Life’s winter darkness stirs

Filling another mile


Witnessing grief and loss

Traversing heavy snow

Life’s winter darkness stands

Causing impulse to slow


Prowling disease and strife

Reading storm’s latest news

Life’s winter darkness shouts

Raging snow sings the blues


Plodding in Arctic’s chill

Crushing social unrest

Life’s winter darkness tests

Failing every quest


Viewing world’s upheaval

Blinding blizzard’s whiteout

Life’s winter darkness runs

Bulldozing faith with doubt


Guiding light now arrives

Accepting Father’s grace

Life’s winter darkness fades

Walking in Spirit’s place


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From James 4:5-6:  “Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that He has made to dwell in us’?  But He gives all the more grace; therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'”


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Waiting . . .


Another minute

Problems downsizing

Lasting peace rising


Morning coffee brewed

Caffeine powers up

With every cup


Morning traffic jam

Anxiety parking

Shortcut embarking


Waiting . . .


Autumn’s arrival

Dazzling colors sing

Annual fall fling


Grocery line backup

Accept life’s downtime

Conversation time


Baby coming soon

First-time mother shines

Love’s newest headline


Waiting . . .


Hearty breakfast served

Blueberry pancakes

Hunger takes its break


Plane’s late departure

Airport’s normal tune

Returning home soon


Career door opens

New community



Waiting . . .


Life’s worries mounting

One more sleepless night

Sunrise shares insight


Page finally turns

Cherished feelings roam

Love finding its home

Day’s special moment

New baby arrives

Joining life’s archives

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Monday Memories: Fulfilling a Writer’s Fate

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Lying awake in bed, feeling ready to write

Morning light feeling much too bright


Searching in my head for ideas to write about

Will today’s words offer and deliver much clout?


Sitting, thinking, and sitting . . . nothing!

Why can’t my mind create something?


Perhaps more coffee will warm up my mind

Hoping that possible ideas may soon be mine


Do all writers usually feel this way?

With little or nothing to really say


Hunger offers quick, necessary break

Nutritious breakfast, now I will make


Finished eating and returning to my writing table

Satisfied appetite doesn’t make me anymore able


Struggling through another writer’s block

Tired eyes continue watching the ticking clock


Wow!  This short poem I now create

Finally, fulfilling my writer’s fate 


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Anne Beiler Quotes

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Overcome yourself and you can overcome any obstacle.

Life is not about what you can accumulate.  I learned to live when I learned to give.

American entrepreneur, speaker, and author Anne Beiler (born 1949) is the founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.  Her Christian witness is a major piece of her motivational speaking and writing ventures.

Charles Stanley Quote

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Life Paul in prison, we may go through very difficult times, but if our focus is on God, we will be content and even joyful.

From Philippians 4:5-6:  “Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Watchman Nee Quote

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A Christian life is an unending engagement on the battlefield.

From Ephesians 6:10-11:  “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power.  Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Watchman Nee (1903-1972) was a Chinese church leader and Christian teacher.  He authored a collection of Christian books, and he endured persecution for his beliefs.  Ultimately, he died while being imprisoned for the final twenty years of his life.

Lucille Ball Quotes

In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t play to get discouraged.

Lucille Ball (1911-1989) persevered through a quiet film career in the 1930s and 1940s.  Television would be her gateway to stardom with her memorable sitcom “I Love Lucy.”  This comedic actress earned five Emmy Awards for her television work.