Category Archives: HARD TIMES

I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.” Mario Cuomo 


As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Audrey Hepburn

After a storm comes a calm.


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Before a rain storm:
Cats will clean themselves more and meow more,
Cow and sheep will huddle together seeking comfort,
Horses “switch and twitch” and sometimes bolt,
Insects fly lower and bite more, and
Birds chirp louder.

It’s all very simple. But maybe because it’s so simple, it’s also hard.” Natsuki Takaya


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A thistle is a thistle is sometimes a thistle in name only. So it is with creeping
knapweed, aka hardhead thistles or just hardheads.

Hardheads might be hard to grasp taxonomically. Not so in practice. Unlike thistles,
the hardhead, all knapweeds in fact, are spineless.

Noëlle Janaczewska

“It’s as difficult to be rich without bragging as it is to be poor without complaining.”

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“I could not imagine that the future I was walking toward could compare in any way to the past that I was leaving behind.”

― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom



Wide sea, that one continuous murmur breeds along the pebbled shore of memory!

John Keats

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“Sometimes I feel alone. Some days are long and hard. But when I look out into this world, I am struck by the impossible beauty of it all. Those billions of magnificent accidents that led us to where we are today, that led us to paper planes and nautilus shells and the tiny, crooked smiles of children. When I think about the small perfections of the world, I have faith that my time will come. I have faith that someday, a warm light will flood over me and I will find peace.”

― Avery Monsen, All my friends are dead

Adversity builds character. After a storm, things will stand on more solid ground than they did before.



The waves were breaking on the


The wind was howling near,

And all the ships were safe at


Or tied up to the pier.

Flies will swarm before a storm.

Advice is not compulsion. Ger.

"Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically"


Hard is the choice when one is compelled either by silence to die with grief or by speaking to live with shame. Benjansoti.

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Cicadas can’t vibrate their wings when the humidity is very high, so may be silent when rain is approaching. Flying insects are more active when the air pressure drops and stay closer to the ground, so they seem to be swarming before a rain storm.

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"The fakir upon his bed of nails is happier than is that
Toughness of hide could blunt more ills,
Than can be dodged or fought,
The lesson is well taught.
And happiness, pivoted elate
On peace of mind, health, sleep,
Food kindered, good support like that
Knows to where wounds can creep
Or suddenly sink deep.

Robert D Fitzgerald.  “Glad World”

If one cannot do as one wishes, one does as one can.

"National proverbs: Serbia"

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It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.


foto – izzy foreal and andrew hegedus at wide river cafe ulmarra 2009 november