February 19, 2003

Stars, Invisible by Day

image copyright Fred First

I hoped to my soul that the rare traveler down our road would chose another time to come by. There I was in the middle of a torrent of freezing water, squatting precariously on the rocks, in black rubber boots with a camera, photographing ice, of all things.

I accepted a long time ago that, if you're going to see the most interesting and beautiful things in this natural world, sometimes you have to get down to where they are... even if you have to play the fool on his knees to do it.

In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives a message of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage - so long are you young. When the wires are all down and our heart is covered with the snow of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, are you grown old. ~Douglas MacArthur

Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life. ~Charles Dickens

Age is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been. ~Madeleine L'Engle

The idea is to die young as late as possible. ~Ashley Montagu

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