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Friday's Journal
Old New Orleans
Most of the photographs on this page were taken in the Alsace-Lorraine
region of France, a few are from my home state of Louisiana.
Things That Are More Excellent
The Things That Are More Excellent  (An excerpt)

To dress, to call, to dine, to break no canon of the social code,
The little laws that lackeys make, the futile decalogue of Mode;
Many a soul for these things lives, with pious passion, grave intent,
While Nature careless-handed gives the things that are more excellent.

To hug the wealth you cannot use, and lack the riches all may gain,
O blind and wanting wit to choose, who house the chaff and burn the grain!
And still doth life with starry towers lure to the bright, divine ascent,
Be yours the things you would; be ours the things more excellent.

 The grace of friendship - mind and heart linked with fellow heart and mind,
The gains of science, gifts of art, the sense of oneness with mankind;
The thirst to know and understand - a large and liberal discontent,
These are the goods in life's rich hand, the things that are more excellent.

-- WIlliam Watson
What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves.  What really
matters is helping others win, too.  Even if it means slowing down and
changing our course now and then.  
-- Fred Rogers, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"
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We are so busy doing the urgent that we don't have time to do the important.
-- Confucius
There are people who have money and there are people who are rich.
The two aren't necessarily the same.  
-- Coco Chanel
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We spend so much time and energy nurturing a sense of our own importance,
we forget to take notice of the grandeur of the universe.  
-- Carlos Casteneda
I don't dwell a lot on what people think of me or whether they will
remember me.  I've been an okay person.  I've learned a lot.  I've
taught people a thing or two.  That's what's important.  
-- Julia Child
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A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove.  But the world may be
different because I was important in the life of a child.
-- Forest Witcraft