Category Archives: inspiring words and images

SA4QE 2016

Today is the 11th anniversary of Russell Hoban’s 80th birthday. It’s also the anniversary of his birth, and of all his other birthdays… but around here we think of it as Hoban Day. Or SA4QE day. Or a day when … Continue reading

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Rethinking mistakes

The NY Times recently posted an article entitled “What if the secret to success is failure?” (Thank you to Jeanine from Going Coastal for the link to that.) It’s an ancient and fruitful idea, really. Serendipitously, I received the link … Continue reading

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“Stay hungry, stay foolish”

We woke up this morning to a world without Steve Jobs. Strangely shocking, this news, despite the fact that Jobs had been battling cancer for so many years, despite the fact that he resigned from Apple only a month ago. … Continue reading

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Open your eyes – a wish

OK, I’m putting a big wish out there, and sending this one out into the world, fascinated to see what might come back. The UN has put out an invitation for anyone in the world to pitch an idea to … Continue reading

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A wise friend on the inspiration of cookbooks

A wise and kind friend said to me yesterday: “The point of recipe books is to inspire you about food, to inspire you to get into the kitchen and make something. Once you are there, it’s quite permissible to make … Continue reading

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What Kolya said…

“Mama, you are my heart.”

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Walking the path, man

So, someone special sent this link to me recently. Which was a pretty cool reminder about, you know, walking the path and living the dream, no matter how far-fetched or unlikely or just plain impossible it seems. Sending you all … Continue reading

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oh… bliss…

Another shallow post from me. Some months ago, I chanced upon an absolute gem of a blog. All I could remember about it is that the writer seemed to have an extraordinary ability to collect utterly beautiful, charming, delightful, soothing, … Continue reading

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Two tastes

Kindness by Naomi Shahib Nye (from The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems) Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held … Continue reading

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Quotation

A close friend received this some time ago in a letter, and I felt grateful to read it when I did. “I’m really sorry to hear your pain.  Yes, heartbreak is exactly a physical sensation, like it is breaking.  I … Continue reading

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