I progress like rick-rack on the bottom of a crooked skirt. One side IS higher than the other, and I'm heading that direction, but it is full of ups and downs.

Laura

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Nature is  a wise woman, who pays us back, tit for tat.

The Storyteller

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Couch Slipcovers as a metaphor for life: If you cover it up in something pretty, you forget that it sags in the middle.

Laura

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Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion.

Thomas S Monson

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Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches on the soul
And sings the song without the words
And never stops at all

Emily Dickenson

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The white kitchen is the refuge of designers and clients with no taste and no creativity, a sterile soulless hull, built for people who have no life within their home.

Laura

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Vice is a Monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Alexander Pope

 

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I don't think any of us are up to it, we just get out there and do it anyway.

Pa

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If your spinning looks like a dust bunny, you probably are not doing it right!

Laura

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The yearning for a place, or a home, where you have never been - perhaps a place where the sum of all your most heartfelt moments can come together.

In Welsh, it is Hiraeth. The German word Fernweh also may come close. In Brazilian Portuguese it is Saudade, Another German word, used by the British, is Sehnsucht. Whatever it is called, it is where my mind lives when sleep overtakes me, and I always wake unfinished.

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Earth’s crammed with heaven,   
And every common bush afire with God;   
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,   
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries,

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"Sometimes words aren't enough. Poetry just has to do."

Pa

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The Great Gaels of Ireland
Are the men that God made Mad
For all their Wars are Merry
And all their Songs are Sad.

G.K. Chesterson

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The blank paper expects...
The blinking cursor accuses!

Laura

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Our perfect Father does not expect us to be perfect children yet. He had only one such Child. Meanwhile, therefore, sometimes with smudges on our cheeks, dirt on our hands, and shoes untied, stammeringly but smilingly we present God with a dandelion—as if it were an orchid or a rose! If for now the dandelion is the best we have to offer, He receives it, knowing what we may later place on the altar. It is good to remember how young we are spiritually.

Neal A. Maxwell

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A Series of Political Truths

 

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. - Thomas Jefferson

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. - Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill (Of course, the first part of this is actually wrong, the inequality that goes hand in hand with Capitalism isn't an unequal sharing of blessings, but an unwillingness, or inability, to aggressively pursue material compensation for one's labors. But then, Winny was always a bit of an Englishman where Conservatism was concerned, and could not quite grasp the whole concept! [Understand I really DO have a lot of respect for the man!])

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rourke

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man; a debt he proposes to pay off with your money. - G. Gordon Liddy

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. - Winston Churchill

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! - P. J. O'Rourke

 

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Marriages are made of funny stuff sometimes.

Laura

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The measure of endurance is not whether you put down an unbearable load, it is whether you pick it up again and trudge on.

Laura

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Well, THAT didn't work!

Everyone

 

Coddiwomple Farm is located the United States.