My week in quotes…

1. Behavior therapist, to Charlie: “If your teacher is walking into the school with her arms full of boxes and she can’t open the door, what could you do?”

Charlie, with a look of complete sincerity and innocence: “Block her out?”

2. “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” –August Pullman in Wonder by RJ Palacio.

(I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should read Wonder by RJ Palacio at least once in their lives. Make sure it’s an edition with the Julian chapter. You won’t be sorry.)

3. “The predicament, then, for women is increasingly not ugliness, but uniformity. And the problem should not be age, but erasure of character. It seems trite, or retro, to remind ourselves that beauty is warmth, conversation, intelligence, and a certain grace or magnetism, too, but it’s true.” –Julia Baird in the The New York Times.

This was in an article about Renee Zellweger’s face. It shouldn’t be old-fashioned to say that beauty comes from kindness, intellect, personality, and a giving heart, but apparently it is waaaay out of fashion, at least in some circles. The things we say and do make us beautiful. Our unique spirits are the beautiful glow. So there.

4. “The best way to make a change is to throw a grenade where you are standing and move forward.” –Robyn Davidson in Tracks.

Dutch and I saw this movie at ye olde Broadway Theatre downtown last weekend. This, in combination with finishing the book Wonder, opened up the top of head and poured a brimming pitcher of inspiration into my brain. There was so much inspiration, I couldn’t even contain it. It trickled out my ears and nose, and left a minty, zingy taste in the back of my throat. It ultimately settled in my lungs, refreshing me with every deep breath.

Seeing this movie was the beautiful draught of inspiration I needed.

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