It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 31, Book 15




Cheerfulness removes the rust from the mind, lubricates our inward machinery, and enables us to do our work with fewer creaks and groans. If people were universally cheerful, probably there wouldn't be half the quarreling or a tenth part of the wickedness 

Source Unknown


October 31st - Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a day to spoof our common fears of horror and death. Like Christmas, Halloween has grown from a single day into a season that lasts most of October. 

 For me, Halloween is a day children rule. In jest they frighten their elders into submission. No wonder the child in each of us still cherishes Halloween!
There will be monsters and goblins a plenty roaming the streets begging some treats in my neighborhood and those little tricksters do a lot of moaning and groaning trying to frighten us too.

Groaning is some we all do at some time or another. Something goes wrong, and we sigh dejectedly. We hear bad news, and we moan in disappointment. Disappointment in itself is a natural thing, but when you feel moved to groaning, what does it tell you about the situation and even more important, what will your groaning move you to do? 

Believe it or not, groaning is actually a sign of hope! We groan because we know and believe that we are meant for more. We expect that wonderful glory that we do not yet see. If we had no more hope, we wouldn’t care anymore. We’d just resign ourselves to the status quo.

Keep hope in your hearts and have safe and Happy Halloween!


A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market. 

Charles Lamb

Friday, October 30, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 30, Book 15


Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain. 

Leo Buscaglia


October 30th - are you certain?

Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens. 

Wayne Dyer

To be wise, subtle, sensitive, flexible, understanding and accepting are attributes I think we could all aspire to, considering that love and acceptance are universal needs people have. This includes the people in our lives. If we demand that people change to be more like us or to suit our liking, we are putting a tremendous strain on those relationships.

For some people being accepted and liked and having the approval or others is more important to them than anything else, so that can easily lead to this fear of rejection. When we are fearful of being rejected, we then allow that person or group who might reject us to have a lot of control over us. 

Being accepted is a requirement in all relationships. Nobody wants to be with someone who rejects them for what they believe, or judges them for certain traits of their personality.

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. 

Brian Tracy
There have been times when my efforts to change the people I loved weren’t helping matters. In fact, I often just made things worse.  This doesn’t just mean we accept others and merely put up with them. It just means that the way to change is prayer, not pressure. If we love people we can pray for them, the good Lord will do the work. 

For change to last, it must come from the inside out. I’ve learned that nagging is not an effective tool for change, but prayer and much love will do the job.

There is no fear in love…The one who fears is not made perfect in love 

1 John 4:18

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 29, Book 15



Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

Horace

October 29 - a season to be dormant 

Here in Ohio where I live, this is the time of year when plants defy death by remaining underground until it is safe to come out again. Before the snow comes and the ground freezes, they let go of their beautiful blooms and retreat to a place where they can rest and save energy for the next growing season. Contrary to the way it looks, they are not dead; they are dormant. When the snow melts and the ground thaws, they will again lift their heads toward heaven, greeting their Creator with brilliant colors and sweet fragrances



The seasons of life require that we sometimes enter a period of dormancy. We are not dead, but we may feel we’ve become invisible. During such times we may feel useless.  It takes  a lot of patience and humility to get through a time of dormancy. Most of us desire to be productive at all times so we can get ahead in our lives. 

The season of dormancy is necessary for restorative rest and time to refocus our goals.  We need to create time for our own rest and dormancy in order to bloom again.  It’s a time to care, to rest and conserve our energy. A time think about  what ideas we want to nourish and germinate so that they grow strong and healthy in the next season of growth.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 28, Book 15


Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear. 

Author Unknown

October 28  - warnings mean some changes are needed.

The flashing lights in your rearview mirror catch your eye. Then your heart sinks. A police car is behind you, and signals for you to pull over to the side of the road. As you roll down your window, you are face to face with an officer who demands your identification and informs you that your done something wrong. While he is checking your papers, you fear the worst. Then, with a mixture of authority and kindness, you hear him say the sweetest words, I’m just going to give you a warning. You drive off elated, having promised the officer that you will change your ways and adhere to the speed limit.


Warnings signs are every where.  We have warnings about the speed limits, the food we eat and the clothes we wear.  Around here we have signs to warn us about deer crossings and school zones.  

We have choices to make every day and whether we follow the warning signs or not is our choice.  When we follow some warning signs that our bodies give off and we make changes like exercise and a proper diet, we can make long lasting changes.


Just like the pain of being burned is what warns us to remove our hand from the fire, emotional pain warns us that we need to make an internal change.

 Unknown

When it comes to our relationships with others though, I’ve found that only love will produce long lasting changes.

We get warning signs from people too.  Sometimes they ward us off, shoving away any signs of affection.  They want to be left alone, but very often those are the people that need attention the most.

My coffee maker gives off a blinking light warning me that more water is needed.  There are definitely some warning signs in life we don’t want to ignore.


Life is risky
Love is dangerous
Both are worth it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 27, Book 15




For one human being to love another;
that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks;
the ultimate, the last test and proof;
the work for which all other work is but preparation.

Rainer Maria Rilke

October 27 - it all begins with love

The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.

 Louisa May Alcott

Love prepares us for life.  There will tasks to do and tests of time, but love sees us through them all.   When there is love, you can tolerate easily. Love makes you free from expectations, which enables you to accept people as they are.

What makes life a lot easier is to start doing more of what you really love in life


Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy.

 Dwight L. Moody 



Monday, October 26, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 26, Book 15



When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

October 26 - hang in there

Hang tight and hang in there…that is what the leaves on the tree outside my house seems to be saying.  Some leaves are down and some are hanging on.  Looking on the right of my house there’s a tree that has just started loosing leaves and if I look to the left, the tree is just starting to change color.  It’s mostly still green.  Then there is the oak tree across the street that has leaves hanging on it for most of the winter. Just like you and I are all different, thankfully so are the trees in my neighborhood.  

Having them all turn color at the same time would be beautiful, but it would also be sad since all the trees would be bare all at the same time too.  I want to hang on to this fall color just as long as I possible can.



Leaves can teach us a lot about life.  Leaves sprout, locate the sun and begin to work.  When there is a storm and the wind is blowing, leaves don’t fight the wind, they don’t fight the storm, they flip upside down and sideways, they go with it.  Finally when a leaf’s time comes, and it begins to fall towards the Earth, it falls ever so gently… pulled by gravity, but pushed by the wind, it follows its own path with no resistance. 

 Be a Leaf.

A leaf falls, rises, flutters, tumbles and lands in the exact spot that it was meant to.  We try so hard to fight the wind when we should work harder to learn to accept it.  Hang in there,  follow your heart and fight for your goals, but when the wind comes, just remember to be like a Leaf.



Sunday, October 25, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 25, Book 15


Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime. And, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time. 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



October 25th - Some moments in life are beyond beautiful, they are sublime.

The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again. 

Thomas Paine

I think we’ve all had at sometime or another beautifully sublime landscape moments. It has been said we experience the sublime best when we become aware of our oneness with Nature. There is a sublime happiness in seeing the sun come up on a misty morning.  By looking carefully at the world around us, we find the sublime.


We can discover and experience the sublime and Oneness with all life by noticing colors and shapes pleasing to the eye.  By taking a moment to stop and look more carefully at a flower, we can see delicate lines, sprinkles of gold dust, and flecks of white that are not visible unless we take a closer look.  It is the experience many people have in nature of being connected to something greater than themselves.


It’s important to make a conscious choice to enjoy these perfect moments, even if it means setting aside what we were planning for the day, or delaying our next task. Many of the sublime moments of life may not come around again.

Life is too short to waste.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 24, Book 15


I Want To Know


I want to know, when day is done,
That life has been worth living,
That I have brought somebody joy
Through kind, unselfish giving.


I want to feel, when evening falls
and shadows quickly lengthen
That I have made somebody glad,
Some weakness I have strengthened.


I want to know that come what may
I've left some cheer and gladness;
I want to feel at close of day
I've banished someone's sadness.


I want to feel at close of day
That someone's cares were lighter
Because of kindness I have done,
May someone's life be brighter.

Author Unknown


October 24th - All I ever needed to know about living with others,
 I learned from the Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments show us how to respond to love with love expressed in word and action .  They truly sum up the laws of love. 

For instance the Fifth Commandment, to honor our father and mother, addresses the importance of our learning to treat fellow human beings with respect and honor. Learning to obey this commandment helps children establish a lifetime pattern of respecting proper rules, traditions, principles and laws. Honoring others should be a normal, natural habit learned during youth, leading to strong families and, in turn, to a strong, stable society.

The Sixth Commandment, forbidding murder , tells us that life is a precious gift to be valued and respected. We are be builders, not destroyers, of good relationships.

The Eighth Commandment, forbidding stealing, shows that we need to respect and appreciate the rights and needs of others. The good Lord grants us many physical blessings, but they should never be our primary pursuit in life. The battle against selfishness begins in the heart, and we should put giving and serving others ahead of accumulating and lavishing possessions on ourselves.

I’ve named just a few, but I believe that if we allow these principles to guide us, we can all have loving  relationships with other people.



I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. 

Author Unknown 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 23, Book 15



Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle. 

Marianne Williamson

October 23rd - love inspires more love


Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.  The more love you possess, the more inspired in a loving action you are,  Love, you see, is the absence of fear. It’s saying yes even when it feels scary and outside of our comfort zone. 

Love is truly available to each of us every day all day if we are willing to notice it and take inspired action from it.   Just as a smile inspires more smiles, love can inspire more love.

Love gives us a sense deep of purpose and it inspires us to do so much more than we thought we were capable of.  I believe that opportunities to experience more love are everywhere but, only if we choose to notice.

Where there is Love there is Life

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 22, Book 15



Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention. 

Jim Rohn

October 22nd - The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention.

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.

Isaac Newton

They say that what captures your attention controls your life.  The important things in my life are my faith, my family and friends.

Whenever I give my life and my concerns patient attention rather than hurried attention,  I take life one step at a time, knowing God guides me each step of the way. 

Just like when we can’t make a flower bloom when we want it to. In some cases, it might not bloom at all. But we can set the best possible conditions to support its happening. So we fertilize the soil and provide water and sunshine. Then we must wait, patiently and without expectations.

Sometimes this is all we can do. Some situations can only be fertilized, watered, and given the sunshine of our patient attention.  We are only guaranteed one day at a time.

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention. 

Greg Anderson


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 21, Book 15



 It's a mistake, when life hands you a tough lesson, to think that you can get back at life by not learning it. 

Robert Brault

October 21st - learn to love your mistakes

Don’t worry about the hard times because some of the most beautiful things
we have in life come from changes or mistakes.

Mistakes are part of the learning experience.  We may say things unwisely and hurt other people. Others may have made errors that hurt us as well. When we learn to see mistakes as lessons, with compassion and forgiveness, we can let go of resentments and move on.

Don't allow the error to increase its impact by holding grudges or allowing negativity to fester.  Don't condemn or shame others or ourselves. Instead, employ the tool of forgiveness.  Engage in forgiveness by  releasing the need to punish or be right, and let it go. Every error offers an opportunity to give thanks for growth. We all make mistakes. It’s a fact of life. What matters is what you do afterward.

You have a choice. You can let your mistake torment you, embarrass you, and hold you back. Or, you can admit you made a mistake, learn from it, and move on.

Mistakes are lessons in disguise. You can learn something from each and every one.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 20, Book 15



Instead of rushing to make a judgement, seek to be thankful...Whatever happens today, let it renew the love you have for all you love.  Let it inspire new ways to express that love and to fulfill your highest values in even the ordinary, every day moments.

Ralph Marston

October 20th - life is good

Life is good and is always trying to do us a good turn
if we will only allow it to do so.

Henry T. Hamblin

Life is good, but spreading a little love makes it better. So many of our decisions have to do with how to spend our resources: our time, our abilities, our affections, and so much more. It’s not just about our money; it’s about our hearts.


It is always better to give too much, pay too much, and love too much, than not enough.  But then, since everything comes back to us, can there ever be too much?

Mike Dooley

 Remember to take a moment and look around and BE GRATEFUL!!  Even for the smallest things that make our life better!  


Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you
wanted, but getting what you have, which once you
have got it you may be smart enough to see is
what you would have wanted had you known.

Garrison Keillor


Monday, October 19, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 19, Book 15



Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 12:6

October 19 - love focuses in on the good

A new word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary a couple of years ago: selfie. It’s a digital picture you take of yourself that often includes a background of where you are or the people who are with you. While taking a selfie can be a fun way to capture a special moment, the word conveys the sense of focusing on yourself and making yourself the center of attention. I’ve found that what often happens when we look at a picture of ourselves, we tend to focus on the flaws and think to ourselves, Do I really look like that? Wow! My teeth are more crooked than I thought!



The good news is that we all have the ability to think loving and caring thoughts and focus on good things in life and not the bad. It’s important for each of us to  know what it’s like to be loved completely and unconditionally, warts and all! That way, we won’t focus on our weaknesses and flaws and feel helpless. 

Each and every one of us is one of a kind, wonderfully different, no two alike, and we were all created with love.


Many of you have seen my brown bird pictured here before.  I keep it in view here at my house, no matter the season, as a reminder to myself. I am loved and in the best of care.  We all are in the good Lord’s tender loving care.

About all you can do in life is be who you are. 

Rita Mae Brown 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 18, Book 15






October 18 - There is no trick to loving, but it’s definitely a treat 

 I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

October seems to be a month filled with tricks and treats.  We are treated to colorful leaves on the trees and some beautiful blue skies.  Autumn harvests are in and we have a bountiful supply of pumpkins, apples, winter squash and colorful gourds.

We are tricked into thinking the warm  fall days will last forever and then overnight it cools down and frost hits us. For us here in northern Ohio that means the growing season has ended.  

The leaves will fall giving us lots of work to do raking them all up and then slowly but surly the days will grow even colder yet.




Nothing in life means anything unless someone cares, and the whole trick is to keep being that someone. 

Robert Brault

Treating people with kindness and love isn’t seasonal, but it does seem as if people do get a little kinder during the holiday season.  Halloween is coming soon and after that the year will speed by.  Thanksgiving and Christmas will soon be a thing of the past and we’ll be welcoming in another New Year.

Taking time to appreciate the people in our lives and showing them just how much they mean to us, is an everyday habit that never wears out or grows old.  

The trick is to realize that after giving your best, there's nothing more to give.

Sparky Anderson


Wishing you all  a day filled with wonderful treats !

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 17, Book 15



Choose your partners, one and all
Aspirin, Advil, or Tylenol!
Now fling those covers with all you've got,
One minute cold, the next minute hot,
Circle right to the side of the bed,
Grab the tissues and Sudafed.

Back to the middle and don't goof off;
Hold your stomach and cough, cough, cough.
Forget about slippers,
Dash down the hall,
Toss your cookies in the shower stall.

Remember others on the brink;
Wash your hands; wash the sink.
Wipe the doorknob, light switch too,
By George, you've got it,
You're doing the Flu!

P.S. Some like it cold, some like it hot;
If you like neither, get the shot.


Author Unknown


October 17 -dancing with the flu

It happens every year when flu season rolls around: the endless reminders to wash your hands. Hand sanitizers begin appearing on kitchen counters, at workplace desks, and in women’s purses. And it makes sense, doesn’t it? You want to do whatever you can to prevent illness.

We don’t want those we love to to get sick either, but sometimes they do.  Ben Franklin said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  This goes for a lot of things besides the flu.   As children, our parents always reminded us to brush our teeth or to eat fruit and vegetables in order to stay healthy.   

Did you know positive attitude can also improve your health?  One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.  A good attitude can even speed up recovery from serious ailments.

There you have it, my tip for today.  Get your shot and keep up with the positive thoughts!

I love to dance and sway with the music, but will not dance with the flu.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 16, Book 15




The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. 

Oscar Wilde


October 16th- love doesn’t procrastinate

We have a choice every day — to act on yesterday's good intentions or get an early start on tomorrow's regrets.

Robert Brault

Many people struggle with procrastination. We can easily say, I’ll do it tomorrow. We can have the best intentions, but if we don’t act on them we will not be doing the lovingly best we can. We want to do it, but it’s just that we are going to do it when...when we have more money, when we are not so busy, when Christmas is over, or when the children go back to school.

Love and Kindness starts with each of us and what we do now is what matters, not the intention of what we might do.   Everywhere, every day, love is demonstrated. Love may have unexpected consequences but love always has the best intentions.


For life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday.

Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 15, Book 15


Always Be. . .

understanding to your enemies.

loyal to your friends.

strong enough to face the world each day.

weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.

generous to those who need your help.

frugal with that you need yourself.

wise enough to know that you do not know everything.

foolish enough to believe in miracles.

willing to share your joys.

willing to share the sorrows of others.

a leader when you see a path others have missed.

a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty.

first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.

last to criticize a colleague who fails.

sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not tumble.

sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way.

loving to those who love you.

loving to those who do not love you; they may change.

Above all, always be yourself.

Author Unknown

October 15th -  What love expects


We are never prepared for what we expect. 

James A. Michener

There is a story of a new husband who looked at the results of his bride's first attempt at cooking breakfast and said glumly, It isn't like Mom used to make.

Disappointed, she tried all the harder the next morning, producing a nicely cooked, attractive breakfast. He looked at it and muttered, It just isn't like Mom used to make.

This went on for a number of mornings in succession. She would go to great lengths, sure she had created a tasty, well-prepared breakfast, only to be greeted with, It isn't like Mom used to make.

Finally she became so exasperated with his cruel comments that she decided to rebel. She deliberately fried the eggs until they were hard rubber, virtually cremated the bacon, burned the toast black, and overcooked the coffee until it was almost unfit to drink.

Her husband sat down at the table, looked at the food, and beamed, Hey! Just like Mom used to make!


This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes. 

Robert E. Speer


Often what turns out to be important is not a surprise at all.  


Remember: 

Every day you spend without a smile, is a lost day. 

Author Unknown


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 14, Book 15



For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
 Edwin Way Teale

October 14th - love gathers here


 I love walking through the park trails in the woods, which I haven't done in several years, but it's always so beautiful when you get out there among all that lovely nature that God created. I love especially getting out there during the fall and letting those leaves crunch under my feet and feel that cold air hit my face.


I love all those yellow and golden leaves. None of those leaves start out with those pretty fall colors. They start out green. Getting to the red, orange, yellow, and gold colors is a process. Remembering that getting to that gold in us is a process too. 

And look at what grows because of an acorn. The mighty oak tree. We think of those as one of the bigger and stronger trees.


How can I help but to love and be thankful for the vivid colors of nature, in the warmth of the sun and the brisk breeze of dawn, and the aroma of dinner, in the silence of darkness and the laughter of friends.

Love gathers here...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 13, Book 15



The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.

 Emily Dickinson

October 13th - love the moments

A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.

John Adams

Today, the present moment, we are living a moment in time spaced between where we have come from and where we are going.  Each moment is a gift and it’s up to us what we are going to do with it.

 While dwelling on the past and living for the future are common pastimes, it is physically impossible to live anywhere but the present moment.

While October brings us many sunny blue sky days, the dull dark days of fall and winter will soon be here.  We’ll be having some dark and and some not so bright days as they were in the summer.  They do make me feel like I need to put a trinket on to add a little sparkle to them.  



It is not the position, but the disposition. 

J. E. Dinger

We might have had brighter days in the past and sometimes there will be even darker days ahead, but today we’re putting a trinket on to dispel the darkness of the moment.  

This can be by something you wear, or it can come from a bright piece of jewelry.  It can also come from your choice of attitude.  Attitude is everything.  It can brighten the day just like the sunshine.

Our attitudes not only affect us, but they touch the lives of everyone we come into contact with.  A sunny disposition makes the world a bright and cozy place for those around us.

When you take life one day at a time, you will live your life without having to wait for the future or yearn for the past. Life happens to us when we happen to life in the present moment. 

Remember:  The beautiful sun,  our sun,  God's sun,  always fights its way through. It never gives up. It never does, because it keeps shining until it has a chance to reach us. 

The pictures are of some of the sunrises that have brighten my mornings.  


I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. 

Martha Washington

Monday, October 12, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 12, Book 15


Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

Henri Nouwen

October 12th - all are welcome


Gratitude is a twofold love -- love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest.

Henry Van Dyke

Were you ever taught the saying, Don’t wear out your welcome? One way or another, we all learn boundaries in relationships, like how to act with tact and to avoid making presumptions about others. Lessons like these teach us to be considerate and help us build lasting relationships.



Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.
Amelia Barr

Children don’t learn the same kinds of boundaries with their parents as they do with their friends and acquaintances. That’s because parents love to provide good things for their children. It’s also much harder to impose on a parent than on a friend. 

What is common between children, can show up in adult relationships too. One person offends another, and the hurt person shoots back a verbal blow. The original offender retaliates with another insult. Before long, anger and cruel words have damaged the relationship.



Remember:  A soft answer has often been the means of breaking a hard heart.


A smile is the universal welcome.

Max Eastman