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The 09/12/13 Joy Jar

14 Sep

While on a walk, moi noticed a beautiful stain glass window. Windows can be fairly utilitarian and you really don’t notice them if they are clean or until they are missing. Windows in unusual shapes make a statement about either the architect, the owner, or they just say look at me. Stain glass windows are another matter, they draw you in. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the beautiful windows of the world.

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Dale Carnegie

The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
Robert Louis Stevenson

If you believe in God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour blessings upon you.
Mahalia Jackson

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Sydney J. Harris

Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.
Desmond Tutu

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.
Horace Mann

“This life’s dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.”
William Blake

“Clay is molded to form a cup, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the cup depends. Doors and windows are cut out to make a room, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the room depends. Therefore turn being into advantage, and turn non-being into utility.”
Lao Tzu

“Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.”
Ella Wheeler

There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go – if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.
Bernard Malamud

The 08/16/13 Joy Jar

15 Aug

Moi walks in downtown Seattle a lot and she has been noticing the buildings with marble exteriors and quite often marble interiors. Moi guesses it is to make the buildings seem grand and impressive. When one walks in neighborhoods, not so much marble, there. The marble is in a variety of shades and conditions. Obviously, the well-tended marble belongs to the affluent for whom, image is important. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the beautiful stone marble.

“The best memory is that which forgets nothing, but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.”
Persian Proverb

“Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.”
Alexis Carrel

“Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unshown marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.”
Aldous Huxley

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”
Charles H. Spurgeon

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.”
Joseph Addison

“An artist that works in marble or colors has them all to himself and his tribe, but the man who molds his thoughts in verse has to employ the materials vulgarized by everybody’s use, and glorify them by his handling”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
Victor Hugo

The court is like a palace of marble; it’s composed of people very hard and very polished.
Jean de la Bruyere

“Guido the plumber and Michelangelo obtained their marble from the same quarry, but what each saw in the marble made the difference between a nobleman’s sink and a brilliant sculpture.”
Bob Kall

The 03/19/13 Joy Jar

19 Mar

Not every ceiling is the Sistine Chapel, but writers in a dry spell and others with plenty to do, but little inclination often study the ceiling. There are patterns of light and sometimes for little children in the dark there are monsters. During a slow period, watching a ceiling can help one pass the time. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are ceilings.


Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
Gilbert K. Chesterton




Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?

M. C. Escher



When you have to study, even the ceiling looks more interesting.   

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Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.

Bill Shankly