Monday Morning Motivation

Apples, berries, cherries, and lemons

won’t ripen off the vine, but melons, pears, avocados, and bananas will. Tomatoes will ripen but not become more flavorful off the vine." Jonathan Dixon: Beaten, Seared and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America I've enrolled in a culinary school near me - it's not Le Cordon Bleu, or the… Continue reading Apples, berries, cherries, and lemons

Monday Morning Motivation

“Books keep stupidity at bay. They undress you with love, strength and knowledge. It’s love from within.”

Nina George: The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel I love Paris, so couldn't resist this title. I read this book in one sitting. Beyond teaching us something new and giving us something to talk about at book club or any other event where we want to come off as 'smarter than the average bear', books… Continue reading “Books keep stupidity at bay. They undress you with love, strength and knowledge. It’s love from within.”

Monday Morning Motivation

When most people think about the future, they dream up ways they might live happier lives.

David Brooks: The Road to Character An older woman I worked with some years ago responded to my comment of "I can't wait until Friday" with "Eileen, Don't wish your life away!" Properly chastised, I have since recalled the wisdom of her words, especially now that 10+ years are passed. Instead of dreaming about happier… Continue reading When most people think about the future, they dream up ways they might live happier lives.

Monday Morning Motivation

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice,

here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” ― St. Therese of Lisieux A while ago, I read Story of a Soul, the Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux. She lived a short but beautiful life and teaches the world how to… Continue reading “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice,

Monday Morning Motivation

“Look, there are so many empty minds in the world that teaching them anything is worthy activity.

A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.” Wallace Stenger: Crossing to Safety I came across this book when reading about Mary Anne Schwalbe in The End of Your Life Book Club, written by her son, Will. Mary Anne was nothing short of incredible: among other worthy endeavors, she… Continue reading “Look, there are so many empty minds in the world that teaching them anything is worthy activity.