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Category: Quotes

My Life Monday: Align quote & an act of hope

Over the weekend, my daughter-in-law said, “Mrs. Keri, I’ve noticed a big change in you over the past couple years. You’re so much more chill.” (Insert maniacal laugh here. ME? CHILL?!?) I responded, “I’ve just stopped fighting.” If there is one thing I’ve learned in the course of life, it’s that my usual strategy of […]

My Life Monday: Align quote from Amanda Slavin + bonus inspiration from Rumi

“It’s important to align yourself with people and situations that support your visions, dreams and values, and vice versa, and to prioritize where your energy is being expended and to whom.” ~Amanda Slavin, from a blog post titled “Curating Your Own Life” Later in the blog, this also struck me: “You are entitled to curate […]

Poetry Friday: Mississippi Book Festival

It’s time to celebrate Poetry Friday! Heidi is hosting at My Juicy Little Universe. Today at Keri Recommends, I recommend connecting with poets and lovers of poetry. This past Saturday, I attended the 2nd Annual Mississippi Book Festival at the Capitol in Jackson. Billed as a literary lawn party, the festival organizers brought a wide […]

Mirror Monday Quote by Sir Francis Bacon

“The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.” ~ Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) in Novum Organum, aphorism 41 You can read more about Bacon’s theories about human understanding and what hinders it here. Bacon was a proponent […]

Mirror Monday Quote by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

“I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself. “ ~ Terence [Publius Terentius Afer] in Adelphoe (The Brothers), 1.415 In the Lewis family, we joke about a genetic predilection for learning the hard way. While personal experience and natural consequences […]

Mirror Monday Quote by Lawrence Durrell

“Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.” ~ Lawrence Durrell “Necessity is the mother of invention,” is the old saying. Perhaps that is true of mechanical inventions, and I’m very grateful for air conditioners, dishwasher, and washing machines. What would it be like to have the mind of a visionary inventor, such as Leonardo da Vinci […]

Mirror Monday Quote by George Bernard Shaw

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Last night we watched “Woman in Gold,” a movie about real-life Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann. She is famous for suing the Austrian government over the ownership of several paintings, most notably a portrait […]