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Holding on to Hope

“Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope; and few are reduced so low as that.” ~ William Hazlitt in  Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld’s Maxims (1823), No. 34 There are days in all … Continue reading


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The Usefulness of Despair

“The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.” ~ … Continue reading

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A Reason for Hope

“To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.” ~ Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass This line comes from a section called “Poem of Perfect Miracles,” and I think it’s something good to read … Continue reading

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A Goodbye and a Resolution

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” ~Hans Göran Persson As I sit here getting ready to say goodbye to 2013, … Continue reading

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Baby Hope

“It’s the nature of babies to be in bliss.” ~Deepak Chopra Babies are on my mind today because 23 years ago on this day I had my one and only baby. He’s a grown man now, and he’s really the … Continue reading

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Still Relying on Hope

“Hope is a risk that must be run.” ~ Georges Bernanos Ask any professor: the end of the semester is not the time we associate with hope. I look at students and despair: I haven’t taught them enough, they haven’t … Continue reading

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“Hope is a waking dream.” ~ Aristotle Because I grew up a Mass-going Catholic, I can’t think about the word “hope” without hearing the words, “we live in joyful hope”. At Mass, it ends, “for the coming of our Savior,” … Continue reading

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Fighting Despair

“We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.” ~ Albert Einstein In another piece of writing I did today, I said I was despairing. Sometimes it happens. But part of me is fighting this. Despair leads to … Continue reading

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Gossamer Hope

“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” ~Stephen King Hope can sometimes seem dead. We lose it and think it will never be found again. For a poor, small number … Continue reading

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Limiting Possibility

“To be without dreams is to be without hope; to be without hope is to be without purpose.” ~ Stephen Richards I’ve been thinking about students a lot lately. To be frank, it’s very rare that they are far from … Continue reading

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