Bite-sized Wisdom: Ephron

Whether writing books, plays or screenplays, this lady’s always won her way into the heart with her wry humor and ability to say things that others wish they could say:

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“Here are some questions I am constantly noodling over: Do you splurge or do you hoard? Do you live every day as if it’s your last, or do you save your money on the chance you’ll live twenty more years? Is life too short, or is it going to be too long? Do you work as hard as you can, or do you slow down to smell the roses? And where do carbohydrates fit into all this? Are we really all going to spend our last years avoiding bread, especially now that bread in American is so unbelievable delicious? And what about chocolate?”

- Nora Ephron

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Ebert

We said goodbye to a great one yesterday. From his Life Itself: A Memoir, take this comforting notion with you into the weekend. 

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“I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

- Roger Ebert


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Bite-sized Wisdom: Vonnegut

Is it more important to make a living or make a life? This treasured writer gives his take:

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“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

- Kurt Vonnegut

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Because the World Belongs to Those That Begin

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There is something truly invigorating about being a beginner, or beginning again.

The first is a path without preconceived notions, all optimism, all possibility.

The latter requires a different kind of strength – to recognize the obstacles that have already obstructed the way, and to continue on with a new commitment to try again.

Here’s to your new beginnings, wherever they may take you.

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Bite-Sized Wisdom: Cervantes

It’s amazing how the “luckiest” people you know are also the ones that put themselves out there, try that extra time, and seize every opportunity that comes their way. Funny how that works.

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“Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.”

- Miguel de Cervantes 

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The Most Widely-Known Question in the English Language


From Slings & Arrows, a gem of a show that follows the workings of a fictional Shakespeare festival akin to Stratford’s.

Directors like the fictional Tennant are an actors dream – insightful, brave, and brutally honest. The kind that are able to take usher a well-loved, oft-recited collection of words out of an actor frightened of his own greatness. This shows’ three seasons only get better as they progress and I would highly recommend a watch if you’re in need of a new TV addiction.

How many times have you heard this illustrious speech? What makes it memorable for you?

A Culture Where Guilt Doesn’t Exist

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What would it feel like to banish guilt from your vocabulary? To remove it and replace it with words that are action-oriented? What change may come from taking away words that no longer serve you?

I feel guilty

I should do that

I don’t want it

It can never happen

Little adaptations make for big change.

Fear Shows You a Path, Love Allows You to Walk It

Of all the four letter words,
Fear hurts the most
Not the ears, but the soul
As it freezes passageways to what might have been

“I fear what might happen”

A future paved with ice is hard to traverse

Each step unsure as the foot lightly presses

Anxiously awaiting a plunge

But oh, when letters take new form

And one word shifts its place

To allow room for another

“I love what might happen”

Of all the four letter words,
Love means the most
A flame hidden in unassuming shroud
That melts worry and reveals a path below

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If the Road is Life, Patience is the Best Travel Companion

We are charged to play the pieces we are given in life.

Like a thousand-piece puzzle of only clouds, we arrange and rearrange images with promise,

Only to come undone as we force a four-pronged segment into a home built for two.

“How tiresome” we say, irked by the challenge of completing a task so daunting, so detailed.

But the pieces? They’re all there. That perfect end-result? That is there too –

A reward for those who lend their eye to detail, who worry not about the concerns of time.

“It will get finished.”

So continue on. Rotate those small parts through your anxious fingers until they find their place.

For to abandon your work halfway through, is to give up your chance to finally see the sky.

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Heartstrings Tend to Know

Untangle the knots that hold your breath
Trapped tightly against your chest

Smooth out the line, too thin to be weighted,
Efforts to sever caught by its artful strength

Cast out the string, baited with care,
And wait with heightened senses

And once you feel the tug,
No matter how slight,

 Follow.

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