One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

Stephen Hawking

Happy 73rd birthday, Stephen Hawking! When the astrophysicist wrote A Brief History of Time, his publisher said that every mathematical equation in the book would cause readership to go down by 50 percent. Hawking heeded their advice and included just one: E=mc2. The book has sold nearly 10 million copies.


Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself

Khalil Gibran

The third-bestselling poet in the world—after William Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu—is Khalil Gibran (born January 6, 1883), who immigrated to the United States from Lebanon as a young man and published his book of philosophical poem/essays, The Prophet, in 1923.

Tenderness – California Notebooks, 2015

Beautiful words! Simply Lovely!



I long for your hand
reaching out to you
in your solitary time

it feels right to exchange
tenderness as rare
garment today

everyone wearing
passion, jealousy, envy
claiming to feel

alive consumed indeed
that common look
wearing everything out

underwear outerwear
deeds feelings selfies
very little left beneath

simply I reach out
to your hand let it be
all with all its significance



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The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.

But it is soooooo difficult to change this simple “attitude”!

Don Charisma

«The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.»

— Oprah Winfrey Charisma quotes are sponsored by – you dream it we built it … because – “anything is possible with Charisma”

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I cannot resist sharing something I had the opportunity to read sometime back and that I might have shared earlier too….These are three short novels by Ellie Wiesel, the holocaust survivor. It is believed that the term “holocaust’ was also coined by him to describe the life in those concentration camps of Hitler. By his own admission, he has not been able to forget those few months in the Nazi concentration camps where he lost his parents and a younger sister. He saw his father getting weak and dying in front of his eyes. The trilogy of the novels viz., “Night”, “Dawn” and “The Accident” was published in 1985 while they were individually published in 1960 (Night), 1961 (Dawn) and 1962 (The Accident ). Ellie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Peace Committee called him a “messenger to mankind”, stating that through his struggle to come to terms with his “own personal experiences of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler’s death camps” as well as his “practical work in the cause of peace”, Wiesel had delivered a powerful message of “peace, atonement and human dignity” to humanity.
It is indeed remarkable for a fifteen year old boy, who underwent those dehumanizing experiences , about which he says in “Night”, “I will never forget that first night in the camp which converted my life into a long night, when I died seven times and was saved seven times. I will never be able to forget that smoke. I will never be able to forget the little faces of the kids whose bodies I saw being converted into rings of smoke in the sky. I will never be able to forget those flames which consumed my faith forever”, to come out of their maddening impact and reach where he has. Indeed a tribute to LIFE AND HUMAN SPIRIT.

Half-Read Books of 2014

I have also left some books unfinished…some knowingly, others inadvertently!

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

I failed to finish quite a few books this year!  I didn’t realize it, until I began organizing some cupboards and dressers and side tables. I discovered all of the books I had started but never finished.  They were all over my house. I guess that’s where all of my bookmarks have been hiding.


From top to bottom, these are the books I haven’t yet finished.

A Mercy (2008) by Toni Morrison

A Girl of the Limberlost (1909) by Gene Stratton-Porter

Play It as It Lays (1970) by Joan Didion

The Last Kind Words Saloon (2014) by Larry McMurtry

Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood (2008) by Adrienne Martini

Mormon Women Have Their Say (2013) edited by Claudia Bushman and Caroline Kline

Women of Wisdom & Knowledge: Talks Selected from the BYU Women’s Conferences (1990) edited by Marie Cornwall and Susan Howe

And the Band Played On: Politics…

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