Fill A Need

Looking towards Beacon Heights and Grandmother Lake from Grandfather Mountain

“Find a need and fill it.”

Ruth Stafford Peale, 1906-2008
Writer, speaker, editor
Wife of Norman Vincent Peale


Bittersweet October

Boone Fork BridgeBlue Ridge Parkway m. 296

“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause
between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.”

Carol Bishop Hipps
“October,” In a Southern Garden, 1995


River Otter, Grandfather Mountain, NC

“Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike,
they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them,
their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies,
their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.”

Voltaire, 1694-1778
French Enlightenment writer and philosopher
letter to Count Schomberg, 31 August 1769


The Seeing Eye

Grandfather Mountain, NC

“Thank God I have the seeing eye, that is to say, as I lie in bed I can walk
step by step on the fells and rough land seeing every stone and flower
and patch of bog and cotton pass where my old legs will never take me again.”

Beatrix Potter, 1866-1943
English author of children’s books, conservationist