Category Archives: ONE STEP AT A TIME

Do not put your feet on two boats.

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Tenacity is a pretty fair substitute for bravery, and the best form of tenacity I know is expressed in a Danish fur trapper’s principle: ‘The next mile is the only one a person really has to make.’ 

Eric Sevareid(author of Canoeing with the Cree)

The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening. Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

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The Promenade Walk

Silhouettes and pirouettes
And walking with my baby
All along the promenade walk
Days of Summer wine and roses
Frozen treats and Grandma Moses
All along the promenade walk

We would walk along the old Atlantic
Hand in hand we’d run along the sand
When the waves came crashing in you’d be frantic
I would hold you close and pat your hand

It’s Saturday night the time is right
Let’s kick up our heels and  go dancing
All along the promenade walk
The kids are spoiled so let’s get oiled
Let our hair down and go prancing
All along the promenade walk

We can do the Shag and the Black Bottom
Charleston at the Ritz is just our scene
We’ll Foxtrot and then Waltz because we’ve got ’em
Cool our thirst with spritz and tangerine

Silhouettes and pirouettes
And walking with my baby
All along the promenade walk
We’ll hit the clubs and drink with stars
And all that jazz and hootchie-kootchie bars
All along the promenade walk

Untreated addiction without the steps on a daily basis will make my past my future.

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The World’s News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 1955), Wednesday 3 July 1935

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“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

–   Henry David Thoreau 


I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.

~J.C. Penny


You’ll enjoy the short walk of his company,

as will he: singled out from the others

to push his nose eagerly into the halter, lowering

his head so you can easily fasten the buckle.

Rest your arm on his warm neck

as you wait for a passing ute,

lean into the could-only-be-horse smell of him,

see his ear turn just a few degrees in your direction,

like an old man cupping his hand, to hear

you say go on. Turn him loose and stay awhile,

watch him graze, lifting his head to sounds

of minute-to-minute living.

Because by Carolyn Fisher

We read to know that we are not alone.”

― William Nicholson

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I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which
we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path
than we have yet got ourselves. ~ E. M. Forster

As my mother once said: The boys throw stones at the frog in jest. But the frogs die in earnest.”

― Joanna Russ, The Female Man

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“If you have to eat a frog, don’t spend a lot of time looking at it. If you have to eat more than one, eat the big one first.”

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Peter Carr, Aug. 10, 1787

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“All we have to do is understand that we’re all here for a reason and to commit ourselves to that. Then we can laugh at our sufferings, large and small and walk fearlessly, aware that each step has meaning”

― Paulo Coelho, The Witch Of Portobello

Without the quest, there can be no epiphany.”

Reflections on a Simple Twist of Fate: Literature, Art and Parkinson’s Disease  ― Constantine E. Scaros,

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“As is often the case when I travel, my vulnerability – like not knowing what the hell I’m going to do upon arrival — makes me more open to outside interactions than I might be when I’m at home and think I know best what needs to be done. On the road, serendipity is given space to enter my life.”

― Andrew McCarthy, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.



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“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
― Maya Angelou

“Don’t carry the world around or your history around like a burden. In fact, don’t carry it around at all. One step at a time.” Art Hochberg

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“Do we follow the road life’s placed before us?
Or do we dare step up and forge an exceptional path.
A path fraught with struggle and sacrifice,
Yet one whose outcome places us in destiny’s arms.”

― Christopher Babson, Breakout Presentations

widening each day the winter river rushes over hidden rocks if you asked me to return I could no longer cross it – Moonset 2, 2005. Beverley George.

Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry

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God saves the moon from the wolves. French.


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Eva Young: To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.

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All change is not growth; as all movement is not forward.

Ellen Glasgow


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When the drop (drink) is inside, the sense is outside. Irish.


I think of you, of course,
how drunk I can get on the taste of you,
how the sap rises, and then of my sister, how tall
and slender she once was,
then of the tree in all of us,
nothing more, just of the tree,
stirring gently in the breeze, swaying
in the night wind,
drawing its sap from somewhere, deep down, as all trees do.


foto – izzy foreal at bilambil cottage dec 2008

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