Category Archives: GEMS

THE GEM 28 NOVEMBER 2018 : “THERE MUST BE THOSE AMONG WHOM WE CAN SIT DOWN AND WEEP AND STILL BE COUNTED AS WARRIORS.” ADRIENNE RICH

“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

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THE GEM 25 NOV 2018 : “IF YOU CAN NOT ARRIVE IN DAYLIGHT, THEN STAND OFF WELL CLEAR, AND WAIT UNTIL DAWN. AFTER ALL, THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS GOD MADE BOATS FOR- TO WAIT IN.” TRISTAN JONES

Rowboat.

In this life, I’ve made note,
Of four types in life’s rowboat,
Those who do,
And those who don’t,
Those who can’t,
And those who won’t.

Those who do,
Tend to see things through,
From start until fruition,
They row and row and row the boat,
They toil through all condition.

Those who don’t,
Act like they will, but won’t,
And blame others for their lot,
Seeming experts at the rowing,
But lift oar, they will not.

Those who can’t,
Struggle and try,
They fight with limitations,
Even though they can’t row,
They help with navigations.

Those who won’t,
Oft’ procrastinate, or wait too late,
Choosing simply not to row,
Sitting like helpless victims,
As boat’s tossed to and fro.

So do your part,
Navigate, steer, or row,
It takes all to remain afloat,
So drop the sinking attitudes,
And help us row our boat.

http://allpoetry.com/poem/11575117-Rowboat…-by-Leo-Thomas

© Lee Thomas. All rights reserved

THE GEM 8 NOV 2018 : IN THE GARDEN OF TIME GROWS THE FLOWER OF CONSOLATION.

Now, if the principle of toleration were once admitted into classical education—if it were admitted that the great object is to read and enjoy a language, and the stress of the teaching were placed on the few things absolutely essential to this result, if the tortoise were allowed time to creep, and the bird permitted to fly, and the fish to swim, towards the enchanted and divine sources of Helicon—all might in their own way arrive there, and rejoice in its flowers, its beauty, and its coolness.Harriet Beecher Stowe

THE GEM 5 NOV 2018 : NANNY OGG APPRECIATED FINE WINE IN HER VERY OWN WAY. IT WOULD NEVER HAVE OCCURRED TO CASANUNDA THAT ANYONE WOULD TOP UP WHITE WINE WITH PORT MERELY BECAUSE SHE’D REACHED THE END OF THE BOTTLE.

Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies


Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I’m one of them.”
Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

THE GEM 22 OCTOBER 2018 : “I DO NOT CARE WHAT COMES AFTER; I HAVE SEEN THE DRAGONS ON THE WIND OF MORNING.” URSULA K. LE GUIN, THE FARTHEST SHORE

“Down there – he said – are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any inequity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathsomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass-produced darkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality. They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don’t say no.” ― Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!