Begin Again
The photos on this page are from Missouri.  Many of them were taken in the
Ozark Mountains -- home to one set of my paternal g-grandparents.  All of
the quotes/poems on the page are from people who were born in Missouri.
It didn't start out that way, but I kept running into writers and poets I admire...
Mark Twain, Sara Teasdale, Maya Angelou and others.  Before long, I started
searching for even more Missourians and found no shortage of material.
The title is a quote from one of my favorite artists/illustrators,
Mary Engelbreit, who still makes her home in St. Louis.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because
it has a song.
-- Maya Angelou
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Begin's a brand new day.  
-- Mary Engelbreit
The real things haven't changed.  It's still best to be honest, to make the
most of what we have, to be happy with simple pleasures and to have
courage when things go wrong.  
-- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Look for beauty in things.  -- Maya Angelou
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It is higher and nobler to be kind.  
-- Mark Twain
Old tunes come and float in my mind,
Then go from me, leaving no trace behind,
Like fragrance borne on the hush of the wind.
But in the instant the airs remain,
I know the laughter and the pain
Of times that will not come again.
Then they float away...
Because we can't hold
Youth or perfume or summer's gold.
-- Sara Teasdale
It's a good idea sometimes to think of the importance and dignity of
every-day duties.  It keeps them from being so tiresome; besides,
others are apt to take us at our own valuation.  
-- Laura Ingalls Wilder
There is something in having passed one's childhood beside the Mississippi River
that is incommunicable to those who have not.  I consider myself fortunate to
have been born here, rather than in Boston, New York or London.  
-- T. S. Eliot
Perhaps sometime, somewhere, someplace,
Beside a distant, shining sea,
We may be judged, not as we are,
But as we tried to be.
-- Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey
In winter, each stone, each stick,
Each flower, each leaf,
Speaks to me of the old time grief.
But when I walk this way in spring,
They laugh, and I laugh,
They sing, and I sing.
-- Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey
It's amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets
the credit.  
-- Pres. Harry S. Truman
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Always be yourself -- who else is better qualified?  -- Mary Engelbreit
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people
who kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
-- Dale Carnegie
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