Quote (ish) of the Month: August

This month I don’t exactly have a quote to share with you. For a few years I’ve been collecting jokes and puns that I find amusing. I know many people just roll their eyes at the wordplay and obvious humor, but some are so great you can’t keep them all to yourself. So, this August, have fun sharing and cringing at these jokes:

  • What do you call a bear without an ear? B.
  • What did one ocean say to the other? Nothing; he just waved.
  • What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back? A stick.
  • I can handle pain until it hurts.
  • Don’t worry about old age. It doesn’t last.
  • Broken pencils are pointless.
  • Velcro–what a rip off!
  • I wondered why the ball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
  • I tried to catch some fog but I mist.
  • I like rice. Rice is great when you’re hungry and you want 2,000 of something.
  • I wanted to buy some camouflage trousers, but I couldn’t find any.
  • Don’t you hate it when people answer their own questions? I do.
  • My friend and I often laugh at how competitive we are. But I laugh more.

 

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Quote of the Month: July

“You can complain that the roses have thorns, or you can rejoice that the thorn bushes have roses.”

-Abraham Lincoln

 

Yet another short and powerful quote. As I write this, I am in shock that June 2018 is already over. Gone. Never to return. It has passed so quickly I feel as if it hardly happened. (But, of course, so much did happen!) However, we can fill in the blanks of Lincoln’s wise words–you can complain that the summer is 1/3 over, or you can rejoice because there are 2/3 left. What will you fill in the blanks with? There is always something to see the bright side of.

Lydia Eve

Quote of the Month: June

This month’s quote is very short – the best ones are. The best ones can grab hold of your heart with just a few words. So do not judge this saying by it’s length, but by it’s depth. Just read it. You’ll see.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
-Albert Einstien

Do you see who said this? Albert Einstein, who we consider to be a genius–in fact, one of the most brilliant people…ever. Yet he is telling us being imaginative–creative, curious–is more important than being smart. Think about that.

He’s saying that imagining what could be is of greater value than knowing what is. It’s true, isn’t it? Because everyone knows what’s here right now. It’s those people who think around, beyond our day and age who actually make a difference.

(Fun fact: Einstein was born on Pi Day: March 14th, 3.14…)

Stuffed in the Closet

This is a poem about where I am from; the things that shaped me into who I am today. These are tiny things, but they made a big impact. Memories are sewn into this poem, so many I could not fit them all. But here is some of the most important things from my childhood.

Stuffed in the Closet

 

I am from silver Duct Tape

     From Bon Ami and Windex

I am from the secret door in the wall

       hidden behind the chest of drawers

       with its knob stuck tight

I am from the two plum trees

      with their fragile blossoms

The prickly blackberry bushes

       that stabbed us if we

      stole a berry

 

I am from warm, fresh-ground flour

      and my brother’s chewed pencil stubs

From Bunchy and Sinister Gas

I’m from The Punks

      and the Think Before You Speak

From no pain no gain.

I’m from Jesus loves me

This I know

By heart

 

I’m from 74 East and College Avenue

From outdoor neighbors and sleepy bunnies

      tucked in your lap

The crush and clunk of the coffee grinder–

I can hear it every morning from upstairs

From “left in church

      with only 2 peppermints”

      And the alligator scar

 

Stuffed in the closet is a row

      of old notebooks

Cracked at the spine

Bursting with words

I am from those moments–

      Which no one else seems to records

      As meticulously as I do

Yet there they are, ever waiting,

stacked and treasured

      with me till the end of time.

Redefining what it means to “fit in”

Dear readers,

In our society, we do basically all we can to try and fit in. We need the right clothing, the right language, the right home and pattern of life–otherwise we are set apart without even realizing it. If we don’t wear clothing that is “up to date” with our culture, people notice. They can’t help it. They don’t have to say it, but they know you’re not exactly the same. This is simply because usually we see one type of clothing (or language, or behavior, etc) and often aren’t around differences. Sadly, it seems we may never grow out of this arrogance because, as human beings, we want to belong; and our instinctive action to fit in is to act exactly as everyone else does.

Now, I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing to go with the flow of culture. Trends come and go and it’s fine to go along with them as long as you don’t get swept up–so far that you lose yourself and become someone else you aren’t meant to be. So, our desire is to be needed, wanted, and accepted, and we do that by copying and following and mimicking everyone around us. But what if we could redefine what it means to “fit in?” Instead of replicating each other, what if we used our individual talents and quirks to compliment each other. What is we didn’t try to fit on top of each other–a perfect congruent pattern repeating over and over–and instead fit together like a puzzle. Everyone is different, but that’s what makes it beautiful. A puzzle isn’t a puzzle if the pieces are all the same. Doesn’t diversity define beauty, anyway?

For thousands of years, people who don’t go with the flow are remembered. Different people switch up our way of thinking, and we don’t forget them. Examples that immediately come to mind are Albert Einstein, Malala Yousafzai, Gandhi, Martin Luther, Adolf Hitler, and Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter if we think these people are “good or bad,” the point is that they did not follow the rules of the world as everyone else does–they stood up for what they believed in and made a huge impact on people, even after some of them died (or rose to life in heaven!). So my question is, if we look up so much to people who are different, then why do we shun difference in the present time? Perhaps it’s fear that we’ll favor one person over another. Perhaps we are jealous or insecure. Whatever it is, it’s not how we should work with each other. Rather than pushing away people who don’t go with the flow of the world, we should try to bring out our qualities and skills to link with other peoples’. What would happen if each individual person acted to their fullest ability, playing their role with their gifts to compliment other people’s gifts? Imagine the beautiful, thriving culture we would live in.

As a final send off, I just want to say that this is not something we can accomplish overnight. We will not automatically turn a switch to light up every part of our lives for the benefit of the community. However, if everyone plays their small part on this big earth, a change will take place. Remember, no little thing is too little if you do it with love.

-Lydia Eve