“It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of the siren till she transforms us into beasts… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
Well, to start out I have this notebook that I like to put all my school papers in; I pull in out everyday, sometimes two or three times in one day. Well I've been using it for quite some time now and the binding was falling apart, the cardboard that makes it stiff was bent down and the red plastic was pealing off. But I just kept using it not bothering to look for a new one. The other day I pulled it out while Mommy was in the room. We laughed at it and she said something in passing about getting me another one. Well, I didn't give another thought for the rest of the day, or the next, but the day after that I walked into my room and found a new red notebook, just like my old one, on my bed. Mommy had found if for me.
It doesn't sound like much, but I just loved the fact that she had thought about me and remembered that I needed that note book and had taken the time to get it to me. I was reminded again what a great life I have and what a great family I live in!
“All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising on neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
About Elbridge Gerry “He was a respectable young merchant, of a liberal education, and considerable knowledge. He was slow in his perceptions and in his manner of doing business, and stammering in his speech, but he know and embraced truth when he saw it. He had no local of state prejudices. Every part of his conduct in 1775, 1776, and 1777 indicated him to be a sensible, upright man, and a genuine friend to republican forms of government.”
Form Benjamin Rush’s Sketches
"Have you ever found in history, one single example of a Nation thoroughly corrupted that was afterwards restored to virtue?... And without virtue, there can be no political liberty.… Will you tell me how to prevent riches from becoming the effects of temperance and industry? Will you tell me how to prevent luxury from producing effeminacy, intoxication, extravagance, vice and folly?...I believe no effort in favor is lost..."
Jamie, Sarah and Michael (and Mommy!) raised butterflies this past mouth.
Emily found the caterpillars on her parsley (or maybe it was something else, I never can remember) anyway she pulled them off and Jamie, Sarah and Michael put them in a bucket and they ate and ate and now...!
It's amazing that they can fly after they get out and they are all wet but I guess most of the world is amazing the way it works.
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by man of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, of so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”