Jane Austen Quotes

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None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

Time will explain.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an acclaimed English novelist.  Much of her writings dealt with women’s pursuit of a more favorable social standing as well as economic security.

Time’s Traveler

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Generations marching

Clock’s hands never stand still

Time’s traveler journeys

Years navigate downhill

 

History’s recorder

Passport to each event

Time’s traveler writing

Every book’s contents

 

Stories fill with people

Exploits reign paramount

Time’s traveler sees all

His recollections count

 

Worldly landmarks indexed

Mile after mile recalls

Time’s traveler postcards

Destination now calls

 

Energy never sleeps

Chronicles each step

Time’s traveler breathing

At library’s doorstep

 

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Ralph Ellison Quotes

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The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.

Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.

Ralph Ellison (1914-1994) was an American author who is best known for INVISIBLE MAN, which earned a National Book Award in 1953.

Monday Memories: Five More Minutes

Written in February, 2020, this poem reflects forward in time when one is living those final precious years.  In taking this Christian view, we ask God for those treasured “five more minutes.”

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The elderly man’s final strength turns to run

His long, full life now enters its final sunset

Recalling the good times, craving a bit more

“Five more minutes” before the setting sun

 

Swapping one more story, with my dear Dad

His role in life, serving as my own launch pad

 

Listening to Neil Diamond, singing one more song

He conveys my love for “America”—forever strong

 

Taking extra time to say, “I sincerely apologize”

For actions which turned out bad, not very wise

 

Please God, just five more minutes . . .

 

Fishing the Madison River, time for one more cast

Herb standing ready, with a memory from the past

 

Experiencing one more awe-inspiring sunrise

One only God can create, His lasting surprise

 

Sharing a moment, with a special great-grandchild

Before falling back to sleep, she winks and smiles

 

Please God, just five more minutes . . .

 

Witnessing fresh, fallen snow—pristine white

Pine trees show off under moon’s bright light

 

Stepping into a high school classroom once more

Taking notes from the elite of the teaching corps

 

Witnessing a Big Montana Sky, fetches a smile

Please allow me to see, at least one more mile

 

Please God, just five more minutes . . .

 

Traveling to a place, never seen before

Anxious to view, what’s really in store?

 

Sharing with my bride, “I love you” one more time

Enduring heartbeats and affection, forever rhyme

 

Asking my Heavenly Father, for forgiveness

My risen Lord and Savior, being my witness

 

Thank you God for these five more minutes!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

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We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today.  We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.

There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) remains one of America’s most influential voices in the public arena of civil rights.  These quotes came from a speech given at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967 (almost exactly a year before his tragic assassination).  

Precious Time

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Every hour

Holding precious time

 

Every day

Devouring life’s checklist

 

Every week

Running endless errands

 

Every month

Loving family time

 

Every year

Filling life up

 

Every hour

Cherished minutes

 

Every day

Another blessing

 

Every week

Career focus

 

Every month

Birthdays celebrated

 

Every year

Vacation time

 

Every hour

Savoring

 

Every day

Energizing

 

Every week

Achieving

 

Every month

Maturing

 

Every year

Remembering 

 

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Times Count (Haiku Series #103)

Time Flies

Totally absorbed

Where did the afternoon go?

Reading a new book

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Treasured Time

Tuesday afternoon

Never missing preciousness—

Granddaughter’s tea time

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Celebrating the Time

Friday afternoon

Seconds, minutes, hours announce—

Five o’clock somewhere

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Five More Minutes

lighthouse

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The elderly man’s final strength turns to run

His long, full life now enters its final sunset

Recalling the good times, craving a bit more

“Five more minutes” before the setting sun

 

Swapping one more story, with my dear Dad

His role in life, serving as my own launch pad

 

Listening to Neil Diamond, singing one more song

He conveys my love for “America”—forever strong

 

Taking extra time to say, “I sincerely apologize”

For actions which turned out bad, not very wise

 

Please God, just five more minutes . . .

 

Fishing the Madison River, time for one more cast

Herb standing ready, with a memory from the past

 

Experiencing one more awe-inspiring sunrise

One only God can create, His lasting surprise

 

Sharing a moment, with a special great-grandchild

Before falling back to sleep, she winks and smiles

 

Please God, just five more minutes . . .

 

Witnessing fresh, fallen snow—pristine white

Pine trees show off under moon’s bright light

 

Stepping into a high school classroom once more

Taking notes from the elite of the teaching corps

 

Witnessing a Big Montana Sky, fetches a smile

Please allow me to see, at least one more mile

 

Please God, just five more minutes . . .

 

Traveling to a place, never seen before

Anxious to view, what’s really in store?

 

Sharing with my bride, “I love you” one more time

Enduring heartbeats and affection, forever rhyme

 

Asking my Heavenly Father, for forgiveness

My risen Lord and Savior, being my witness

 

Thank you God for these five more minutes!

silhouette of mountains with cross

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