“I always have a quotation for everything—it saves original thinking.” (Dorothy L. Sayers)...

Quotes about Missssippi
---To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.
--Mississippi raised & proud! Where summer starts in April, front porches are wide & words are long, we don't have fireflies, we have lightning bugs, macaroni & cheese is a vegetable, pecan pie is a staple, y'all is a proper pronoun, chicken is fried, & biscuits come with gravy, everything is darling & someone is always getting their heart blessed. Re-post if you are proud you were raised in Mississippi!
---If you so much as set foot downtown, you will be sorry. I'm in a prayer group with the D.A., I'm a member of the NRA and I'm always packing. (Leigh Anne Touhy, The Blind Side)
---You might be from Mississippi if you
...have seen people wear bib overalls at funerals
...measure distance in minutes
...know everything goes better with 'Ranch'
...learned multiplication and shotgun gauge sizes at about the same age.
..you expect to always find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store
...a tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard with a camcorder
...ever heard or had this conversation: "You wanna coke?" "Yeah." "What kind?" "Dr. Pepper."
.....can properly pronounce

Quotes about Music
---Gone Chopin, have Lizst, Bach in a Minuet.
----Without music, life would B♭ :)
---Play the music, not the instrument. Live the abundant life, not the daily schedule and to-do lists...

Quotes about "Church Stuff"
---I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time-just one, one, one. So you begin. I began-I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn't pick up that one person, I wouldn't have picked up 42,000....The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, your church, your community. Just begin - one, one, one. (Mother Theresa of Calcutta)
---The priest and the Levite asked was 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?'...but the good Samaritan asked 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'” (MLK)
---Legend of Saint Patrick
Good St. Patrick travelled far
To teach God's Holy Word,
And when he came to Erin's sod,
A wondrous thing occurred.
He plucked a shamrock from the earth
And held it in His hand
To symbolize the Trinity
That all might understand.
The first leaf for the Father,
And the second for the Son,
The third leaf for the Holy Spirit...
All three of them in one.
---Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for the past and fear for the future.(Fulton Oursler, author of The Greatest Story Ever Told)
---I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.” (Mother Teresa)
---I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go." (Abraham Lincoln).
---If we are going to teach evolution as an alternative to creation, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction.
---Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage. He didn't have to hear about all the men she could have married, and she didn't have to hear about the way his mother cooked."

Quotes by Presidents and Other Political People
---“I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” (Rose F Kennedy)
---You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.” (Abraham Lincoln)
---‎"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” (Calvin Coolidge)

Quotes by Other Famous People
---Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are...... you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”.
---To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
---‎"I've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.” (Sophia Loren)
---“Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it” (William Penn)
---“When I first started running, I was so embarrassed I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers.” (Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1984 Olympic Marathon Runner medalist)
---"Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart." (Erma Bombeck)
---Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap.” (William Bennett)
---“A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn't climb over it”
---‎"If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery." (Babe Ruth)
---Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it." (Margaret Thatcher)
---‎"Give a man a fish and he has food for a day. Teach a man HOW to fish and you won't see him for the entire weekend."
---”Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.” (George Burns)
---Everyone knows Amy Winehouse died, but who are Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matthew Weikert 29, Justus Bartett 27, Dave Santos 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matthew Johnson 21, Zachary Fisher 24, Brandon King 23, Christopher Goeke 23, and Sheldon Tate 27? They are Marines that gave their lives this week for you. There is no media for them, not even a mention of their names.
---If people concentrated on the important things in life, there would be a shortage of fishing poles
---We have not even begun to have knowledge until we know that we don't know anything compared to what we need to know...
---I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry, because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?”
---A smart man knows what to say. A wise man knows whether to say it or not..

Stuff I Finally Figured Out This Last Year
---Kinda interesting to see a 25 year military career on one piece of clothing, but the more i think about it...even the life of Jesus was summarized by one article of clothing---the grave clothes at the empty tomb -proclaiming to the world that he was no longer dead
---this year i finally figured out all those "crabby old people"...constantly telling us to sit up straight, to not eat ice, to not read in the dark, and to eat our veggies...told us this because their backs hurt like hell, they'd just come back from 8th dentist appt that year, couldn't see a damn thing w/out reading glasses, and were afraid you might find their "secret stash" and still be hungry...
---20 FebruaryIf Jesus loves fishermen, then He must really love fishermen to lead other fishermen to Christ while fishing...this weekend Kurt helped lead our son to Christ...I'm so proud of both of them...
---Dad "People gifted with musical talent can sometimes be a trial to the soul. A certain amount of ego-centeredness is probably necessary for one to perform in public, and some talented people can be a bit selfish, and more than a little jealous of other's talents. Not so with JB Skelton...
---"Life is best enjoyed when time periods are evenly divided between labor, sleep, and recreation. All people should spend one-third of their time in recreation which is rebuilding, voluntary activity, never idleness.” (Brigham Young)...Kurt, I guess you now have a valid excuse to fish 56 hours per week(?!)...
---ever wondered why the keys on a piano are all black and white instead of each individual note being a specific color...after playing for about six or seven hours straight for UIL today, all of the keys started looking the same and all i could think about was getting home so that I could have Oreos and milk(?!)...
---This week is "Be Kind to Animals Week"...so Kurt and I are celebrating by simmering beef for beef stew instead of cooking it over an open flame, carefully marinating chicken in a moisturizing milk bath, and gently placing crappie into the fish basket instead of shoving them in there.
---Amazing the impact and interest that the death of one individual can have upon people throughout the world, and I don't even imagine that bin Laden will rise up from the grave tomorrow and impact generations for eternity...
---I think that the anesthesiologist ought to knock Kurt out more often...he actually complimented me on my driving on the way home from the hospital...(this is only funny, I guess, if you've ever ridden while I was driving)...perhaps, I should just start passing out Benadryl or Unisom or Tylenol PM as soon as people enter the passenger side of my truck so that I don't have to listen to you guys all complain(?!)
---Fort Worth Botanic Garden is charging people $80 for an 8-hour course to "quit smoking in the Japanese Garden"...isn't this a little extreme...why don't they simply put up a sign that says "Smoking Prohibited" like they do everywhere else(?!)...
---Some young Marines seriously just asked my husband if he was a Vietnam vet...are we really starting to look THAT old(?!)...In case anyone is actually wondering, Kurt did NOT fight in the Vietnam war...that would make him a cradle robber because I am definitely not that old...by the way, girls, the Vietnam war was ended in 1975...i was 7(?!)
---I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth (3 John 4)...A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step...The greatest joy that a parent can ever experience is having his child realize that he has been on a thousand-mile journey in the wrong direction and take that first single step in the right direction...
---Sometimes I wish I could go back to the days when I was six and my biggest problem was what kind of dress to put on Barbie or whether or not I had enough Legos to build a fort
---‎"Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life." (Proverbs 16:31 NLT)...sorry, but i've been holding out as long as i can...can't i look younger and godly at the same time(?!)...
---if "punctuality is a virtue of the bored," then tardiness must be a virtue of the creative...i must be VERY creative because I am always VERY late for everything(?!)...