THE GEM 28 NOVEMBER 2018 : “THERE MUST BE THOSE AMONG WHOM WE CAN SIT DOWN AND WEEP AND STILL BE COUNTED AS WARRIORS.” ADRIENNE RICH

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“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”
J.R.R. Tolkien,The Return of the King

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THE GEM 26 NOV 2018 : “I LIKE TREES BECAUSE THEY SEEM MORE RESIGNED TO THE WAY THEY HAVE TO LIVE THAN OTHER THINGS DO.” — WILLA CATHER FROM O PIONEERS!

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Oh don’t bring down

The ancient pine,

The breath of life

That’s yours and mine.

Don’t tear it out

saw it down

gouge it, chop it,

let it drown.

Don’t fell the tree

that’s stood so long.

Leave bird and bush

Where they belong.

Leave the forest,

Green gold place,

the glow of hope

on this earth’s

old face.

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THE GEM 16 NOV 2018 : I WOULD MAINTAIN THAT THANKS ARE THE HIGHEST FORM OF THOUGHT; AND THAT GRATITUDE IS HAPPINESS DOUBLED BY WONDER.” G.K. CHESTERTON

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“Our society is afflicted by a spirit of thoughtless arrogance unbecoming those who have been so magnificently blessed. How grateful we should be for the bounties we enjoy. Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief….
Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others. Without appreciation, there is arrogance and evil.
Where there is gratitude, there is humility, as opposed to pride.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

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