"At the point where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith."
"To know that any creature, man or animal, lives in fear of you is a condition intolerable to a person of noble spirit."
"At my age, you not only have bittersweet memories, you make bittersweet plans."
"I don't know where my journey will take me, but I know that my body is 60% water, and like all water everywhere, it is on an inexorable journey back to the sea."
"I swear that if it weren't for having to shake hands first, most Americans today would come out fighting."
"Eventually the person who tries to fix the problem will be blamed for causing it."
"Okay, let's just say that everybody's at fault but nobody's to blame and get on with it."
"As a reward for giving birth, we get to raise our kids. It must be a reward, because as a punishment, it seems unduly harsh."
"A dollar in my granddad's day is worth ten dollars in today's money. You wonder what his code of ethics is worth in today's morals."
The word "education" comes from the word "educe," which means to "draw out." So much of teaching is the opposite, a "pounding in" of facts, rules and methods. But there are moments magical to a teacher, moments of true "education," when the teacher engages a child's cognition -- and finds recognition.
"I don't know how my parents did it, but they always had me believing that they would be much more lenient with me if they were not constrained by family policy."
"As a man, I've learned that there is nothing easier in married life than pleasing your wife with your cooking."
"A relationship becomes easier when you realize that you don't have to be the one at fault to be the one who's sorry."
It's always hard to admit blame. As Eve said to Adam, "Mistakes were made."
Overheard in a Washington D.C. church confessional: "Bless me father, for sins have been committed."
A Happy Holiday Season To All!
~~ Robert Brault