Favorite Quotes on Faith

The Carrot Seed - a simple story of Faith

The Carrot Seed - a simple story of Faith

“Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.” – Miracle on 34th Street

“Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the recognition that some things are more important than fear — and what’s more important to me is faith.” – Irshad Manji

“Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.” – Edith Hamilton

“Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.” – Mary McLeod Bethune

“Don’t give up on your faith. Love comes to those who believe it, and that’s the way it is.” – Celine Dion

“I gotta have Faith.” – George Michael

“A little boy planted a carrot seed… Everyone kept saying it wouldn’t come up… But he still pulled up the weeds around it every day and sprinkled the ground with water. And then, one day… a carrot came up… just as the little boy had known it would.” – The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss

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On Journeys and Embarking.

Graham Greene from Northern Exposure

Graham Greene from Northern Exposure

I met with some of my fellow freelancer friends last night and remembered one of my favorite quotes from Northern Exposure. To get these thoughts out, I felt I’d share it as well as another favorite quote about life’s journeys.

Quote from Ed’s mentor shaman on Northern Exposure:

Maybe it doesn’t matter what road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.

Quote from the film Out of Africa:

… God made the earth round so we could not see too far down the road.

Doggie Caricatures at the Cleveland Crown Classic


I was busy for the past four days working at the Cleveland IX Center (Dec. 11-14) trying out my new side business of doggie caricatures for the Kennel Club’s annual Crown Classic Dog Show. It was quite a fun experience. I learned a lot about dog breeds, and invested in a dog encyclopedia with great photo reference to help me learn about the different breeds and to help me with proper structure if the dog was squirming around too much.

I was invited to the Golden Retriever Club show in Greater Pittsburgh for next year — which I do believe I will accept, because I have some friends there I could stay with.

I didn’t make much profit with this gig (IX center charges a whopping fee for the booth!), but at least I broke even and got some great exposure by being at this event. It was a successful financial risk, at any rate. I hope all the people who took my card will contact me later and remember my little booth.

Mary Ann Chulick – I knew her when…

Game Time by Mary Ann Chulick

Game Time by Mary Ann Chulick

I had my friends Mary Ann Chulick and Christy Carlson over last night for a little pizza and friendly conversation. I wouldn’t call it a typical “girl’s night” when we get together. We talk mostly about what is going on with our lives and our pursuits with writing.

I was thrilled when Mary Ann brought over her copy of Game Time for me to keep in my library. When we were in class together, I had the opportunity to read this piece as she was writing it. I knew Mary Ann was destined for success in writing. Her work is fun to read. I enjoyed my weekly reading assignments from our class together and am delighted to see a printed book now to add to my growing collection of published friends.

It’s an inspiration to see my friends succeed in their dreams. Mary Ann has worked very hard to achieve her success with her published works. I look forward to filling up a whole bookshelf soon, all books autographed by my published friends. I’m blessed to know so many talented people – some published, and some who MUST be published someday (you know who you are!!).

Game Time is a sci-fi romance novel. Very creative, and pretty steamy. If you can take the heat, I recommend it as a fun read! I gotta keep my own copy, though, signed by the author herself (mine! mine!).

I also recommend her book: All Creatures Great and Dead. A novel which combines romance with mystery. Mary Ann is quite the creative writer!

To The Artist And Writers Let’s Now Drink a Health

300x300I grew up appreciating the music from The Irish Rovers’ children’s album, “The Unicorn,” which I now play for my kids. I have a new favorite song by The Irish Rovers (“Come Fill Up Your Glasses”) which I’d like to share with my fellow Creatives.

My favorite stanza:

To the artist and writers let’s now drink a health

The people whose hopes and whose joys are our wealth

Whose tools are upon canvas and paper and pen

Whose harvest is the future, the progress of men.