Sunday Dinner: Hope

December 13, 2015 CW 012


“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.

That myth is more potent than history.

That dreams are more powerful than facts.

That hope always triumphs over experience.

That laughter is the only cure for grief.

And I believe that love is stronger than death.”


Robert Fulghum


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“Listen to the mustn’ts, child.  Listen to the don’ts.

Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.

Listen to the never haves,

then listen close to me…   Anything can happen, child.

Anything can be.”


Shel Silverstein


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“The world is indeed full of peril,

and in it there are many dark places;

but still there is much that is fair,

and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief,

it grows perhaps the greater.”


J.R.R. Tolkien


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“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”


Alfred Lord Tennyson


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

December scenes captured at Colonial Williamsburg


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16 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Hope

  1. Without having any idea of it, I needed precisely that Shel Silverstein quote today. Thank you.

  2. truly a refreshing post – oh so nice and each quote was perfect – and have not heard shel in quite some time – also – that second photo had me coming back a few times – the layered fences and the layers throughout – what an eye!

    • Team work! My partner was helping me spot beauty today. So glad the post and quotations spoke to you, too. (I love Shel- used to read him to my middle school students. ) Am trying to work up some holiday spirit despite the daily news. It is more challenging with each passing year…. Hope you are well- ❤

      • Thx and yes – this month is turning out better than expected – hate the hype that usually exists – but things are rally going nice.
        And when u say teamwork that made me smile because sometimes those have an extra memory to the post – like the posts I made when my mom helped me find something for a challenge – well later the memory of her seems imbued there – and I smiled to reading your partner was helping Spot beauty – has a credence to it – xxoo

        • You are so right about that. And, it is more fun when shared with a loved one. I’m glad you have such warm and happy memories of your mom, and know you miss her so much- especially this time of year. Our best wishes for a warm and happy Christmas to you and yours ❤ ❤ ❤

          • Well thx for the warm wishes – and my mom is still around and I used to go and see her for the major holidays – and am grateful to have spent so many as an adult with her – but as a family we finally decided to not travel for christmAs – too many delays and just not worth it – it was hard in the first few years – but we have new traditions and make sure we still got to see them at regular intervals – and you’d like my mom – – a very novice gardener but loves her patio plants in Florida and she can grow aloe amazingly! !

            • That is all wonderful to hear. I hate travel at the holidays, and being away from home on Christmas. So glad you have your new traditions ❤

              • Yeah – all about compromise at times – have a nice Christmas dear “dirty hands gardener” 🌱🍃🍀🌺🌾🕸🍄🌹

                • Thank you, Yvette. This ‘dirty hands gardener’ has exceptionally clean hands, sadly, at the moment. I got a pretty good cut on a finger of my right hand last week, and haven’t dug in the dirt (or even done much cooking) since. Terrible timing! And I have a half dozen Amaryllis bulbs which need to get planted over the next couple of days, too! May be time to break out the Latex gloves and get digging again. Compromises… how would we manage without them? The best Christmas to you, as well. Thank you for all good wishes. WG

                  • Yeah I have to garden with gloves from now on because I had something emails to rose disease – well just a weird fungus but really related to needing to cleanse internally and rebuild my immune system- whew – so sometimes I can still dead head and pick a few weeds – but gloves for all things like mulch and compost – and also for handling raw meats and whatnot – oh and I had a bad habit of getting paint on my hands with art classes – most is safe paint and then as I know u know – our skin has such a nice barrier to keep stuff out – (and have you ever heard of dmso) but I see I was not careful in so many areas – but sorry about your cut – hope it heals quickly and that those bulbs get out to bed – 🌸🌺🎄🎄

                    • Thank you, Yvette. Gloves protect our hands from so many things- paint, toxic glues, household cleaners… I always regret it when I begin garden chores without pulling the gloves on, first. The cut is healing. but tender. As soon as I decide to remove the bandages and let it breathe for a while, I end up bumping it on something and go right back for fresh bandages. This too, will pass 😉 ❤ ❤ ❤

                    • I hate when that happens with an injury – and that saying is one of my favs “this too will pass” –

                      Have a great day

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