Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our to-do Lists ~ Monica

"There is a selfishness inherent in busyness. When the preoccupation with our to-do lists and the constant focus on our own interests take over, can we spare time to look outside of our families, our house, our own little worlds and extend love to others? I struggle with finding a balance when duelling priorities come knocking at the door.......Part of finding balance, I think, is noticing what you can do and finding some satisfaction in knowing that there is something you often do well. It makes up for the chronically un-swept porch or leftovers that went to waste. There's no perfection this side of eternity, but there are certain things that you do well. It's the heavy weight on your scale..'LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.' Psalms 39:4"

~ Monica



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Things That Have No Place~ Tove Jansson

“There are such a lot of things that have no place in summer and autumn and spring. Everything that’s a little shy and a little rum. Some kinds of night animals and people that don’t fit in with others and that nobody really believes in. They keep out of the way all the year. And then when everything’s quiet and white and the nights are long and most people are asleep—then they appear.” 

~ Tove Jansson


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Artwork from Lynton Lamb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynton_Lamb

Friday, December 5, 2014

Recognize Cruelty for What It Is ~ Rachel Carson


“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is... we cannot expect things to be much better in this world... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.”

~ Rachel Carson


More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Carson

Artwork from Mark Hearld http://www.stjudesprints.co.uk/collections/mark-hearld

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Don't Wait ~ Virginia Shurman

"As modern people, we may be struggling with many questions about prayer. How can we influence God? Should we try to do so? How can we pray rightly? What are we to think when our prayers appear to go unanswered? It is important to begin to pray, no matter where you are in regard to these questions. It is known from experience that prayer brings us closer to God, so don’t wait until you have solved these questions to pray. London Yearly Meeting encourages Friends “reverently yet daringly to make fuller experiment of the life of trust and consecration through prayer, that they may know relief from the burden of anxiety and perplexity and realize the joy of health and victory, whereby they may become centers of radiant energy for the help and healing of others.”"

Virginia Shurman




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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Elaborate Furnishing ~ A E Houseman

“Existence is not itself a good thing, that we should spend a lifetime securing its necessaries: a life spent, however victoriously, in securing the necessaries of life is no more than an elaborate furnishing and decoration of apartments for the reception of a guest who is never to come. Our business here is not to live, but to live happily.”

~ A.E. Housman




Monday, November 17, 2014

Something New about Something Timeless ~ Hay Quaker

I hope that readers of Hay Quaker will join me in a new venture, a blog about my views and experiences of simple living. Please  Click here to see what I have been working on.


Friday, November 14, 2014

What We Look For~ John Lubbock

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”

~ John Lubbock


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