Sunday, June 29, 2014


“Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.”
― Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird



  1. So true. Just reading through a collection of Stegner's short stories.

  2. Hoping this is not a reflection of the current times in your life. It is true and only the strong survive.

  3. Everything breaks.

    Everyone has a breaking point.

    It's important to understand all of these things, particularly the points in your own life where you can push things -- and where you can't.

    I'm not good at that.

  4. Either you want to believe in our essential spark of shared divinity, or you want succumb to our human insecurity, and either way your conscience lets you slice it, the main thing is to earnestly do what is right at the time.

    All the rest will work itself out.

  5. Wallace Stegner is one of my favorite authors. I loved The Spectator Bird. I believe you suggested Angle of Repose for a book club. I think I've read every one of his novels.

    When I first started at Stanford, our classes were in Margaret Jacks Hall, where the creative writing department resides. It is there that the Stegner Fellows work. Kind of gave me goosebumps when I first entered that building.

  6. CELIA: Yep, that is interesting.

    OLD NFO: Yes Sir.

    TABOR: Surely that is true.

    ARKANSAS PATTI: Possibly.

    LL: I'm not good at that, either it seems.
    A shared spark, always.

    CHERI: I love his work, too.
    How wonderful the hallowed halls experience must have been.

  7. GRANNY ANNIE: We need to get together for gals night,soon!

  8. Without my scars, I am nothing.

  9. GRANNYMAR: I'm sorry I missed responding to your comment. I agree as well.

  10. Cross first, then resurrection. Casts the scars in a different light, I always think.

    God bless.

  11. LSP: You understand the way and the light. Blessed be...

  12. There are days when I wish this was easy to remember.

  13. KRIS: Easy doesn't seem to be the way for some of us does it!