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A reporter once asked an elderly lady who lost everything in the 2005 New Orleans
levee failures that followed Hurricane Katrina what had kept her going through
the hard times. "Son," she said, "to get through hard times, you've got to have
some heart, some soul and a whole lot of hope."
This page is dedicated to the people of Texas
and Florida, who have lost so much in
recent days.  May they find the heart and soul and hope to endure and overcome.
-- Nancy, 9/
Heart and Soul...and Hope
"Hope is a word that every hurting heart understands.  May hope cast its special
light upon your path in the hours and days to come."  
-- Margaret Mayer
The photographs on this page were all taken in Puerto Rico.
There is in every human heart a spark of heavenly fires, which lies dormant in
the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes
in the dark hour of adversity.  
-- Washington Irving
Not withstanding all of our miseries, we have an instinct
which we cannot repress, one which lifts us up.  
-- Pascal
Hope can sustain us when nothing else can; it gives us a reason
to continue and the courage to move ahead.  
-- Unknown
In a confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins
-- not by strength, but by perseverance.  
-- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
In the end, what saves a man is to take a step.  And
then another step.  
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If it were not for hope, the heart would break.  -- Thomas Fuller
There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful
as expectation of something better tomorrow.  
-- Orison S. Marden
The word which God has written on the brow of every man is hope.  -- Victor Hugo
Hope in the face of difficulty.  Hope in the face of uncertainty.  In the end, that is God's
greatest gift to us.  A belief that there can be better days ahead.  
-- Pres. Barack Obama
In its darkest hour, the soul is replenished and given
strength to endure and continue.  
-- Heart Warrior Chosa
Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor.  I will need them all.
-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.
That will be the beginning.  
-- Louis L'Amour
As for courage and will, we cannot measure how much of each lies
within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry us
through trials which may lie ahead.  
-- Andre
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the
end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
 -- Mary Anne Radmacher
When the world says, "Give up," hope whispers, "Try again."  -- Unknown