"Life is too important to be taken seriously.” Oscar Wilde

I’m starting January 2019 off with one of my favorite quotes —

"Hope and optimism are different. Optimism tends to be based on the notion that there's enough evidence out there to believe things are gonna be better, much more rational ... whereas hope looks at the evidence and says, 'It doesn't look good at all. Doesn't look good at all. Gonna go beyond the evidence to create new possibilities based on visions that become contagious to allow people to engage in heroic actions, always against the odds, no guarantee whatsoever'." Cornel West

My New Year’s resolution!

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” Khalil Gibran

In this season of darkness, I find it helpful to look up and remember that our spiritual ties with the physical earth run deep.

"If your plan is for 1 year, plant rice. If your plan is for 10 years, plant trees. If your plan is for 100 years, educate children." Confucius

The importance of education cannot be overstated ….

Jump into the air!” cried Charlotte. Wilbur jumped as high as he could. “Keep you knees straight and touch the ground with your ears!” called Charlotte. Wilbur obeyed. “Do a back flip with a half twist in it!” cried Charlotte. Wilbur went over backwards, writhing and twisting as he went. “O.K., Wilbur,” said Charlotte. “You can go back to sleep. O.K. Templeton, the soap ad will do, I guess. I’m not sure Wilbur’s action is exactly radiant, but it’s interesting.” “Actually,” said Wilbur, “I feel radiant.” “Do you?” said Charlotte, looking at him with affection. “Well, you’re a good little pig, and radiant you shall be. I’m in this thing pretty deep now—I might as well go the limit.” E.B. White

I find this passage from “Charlotte’s Web” utterly precious . . .

“We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Thomas Jefferson

Reason to participate and vote . . .