“The most important of life’s battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul.”
David O. McKay
Looking towards Johnson City from Horseback Ridge
“I write because I want to tell something that makes me glad and strong.
I want to say it. Things come to me in gleams and flashes, sometimes in
words themselves, and I want to weave them into a melodious, harmonious whole.”
Andrew to Alexa in “The Elect Lady” (1888)
George MacDonald, 1824-1905
Beauty Spot sunset, Unicoi Co., TN
“Look at the many ‘if’ questions we raise:
What am I going to do if I do not find a spouse, a house, a job,
a friend, a benefactor? What am I going to do if they fire me,
if I get sick, if an accident happens, if I lose my friends,
if my marriage does not work out, if a war breaks out?
What if tomorrow the weather is bad, the buses are on strike,
or an earthquake happens? What if someone steals my money,
breaks into my house, rapes my daughter, or kills me?”
Jesus says simply, “Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.”
Henri Nouwen, 1932-1996
Dutch Catholic priest and writer
(as quoted by Brennan Manning)
“The toughest thing about success
is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.
Talent is only a starting point in this business.
You’ve got to keep on working that talent.
Someday I’ll reach for it and it won’t be there.”
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Hoar frost on Unaka Mountain
“When we were children,
we used to think that when we were grown-up
we would no longer be vulnerable.
But to grow up is to accept vulnerability…
To be alive is to be vulnerable.”
Madeleine L’Engle, b. 1918
“Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art”, 1980
View from Unaka Mountain, looking towards Buffalo Mountain and Johnson City
“The greatness comes not when things go always good for you.
But the greatness comes when you’re really tested, when you
take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes.
Because only if you’ve been in the deepest valley
can you ever know how magnificent it is
to be on the highest mountain.”
Richard Nixon, 1913-1994
Sunset from Beauty Spot, Unaka Mountain
“Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul.
They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance,
of the briefness of our span upon this earth.
They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude
beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal.”
The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy