Friday, February 26, 2010

February Quotes

The past couple of years February has been pretty mild, actually. You might even say almost pleasant, at least as far as winter months go.

But these past couple of days February has seemed determined to re-establish its reputation as the month I hate the most. Near-constant snow, a plummeting thermometer, and a wind that has grown a set of teeth that will bite right through you and not even leave enough for leftovers. That's the view from my office window to the left.

I hate February.



"February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March." (Dr. J.R. Stockton)

"Keep your faith in beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone." (Roy R. Gibson)

"The flowers of late winter and early Spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size." (Gertrude S. Wister)

"Winter is nature's way of saying, 'Up yours.' " (Robert Byrne)

"If we had no Winter, the Spring would not be so pleasant." (Anne Bradstreet)

"Every mile is two in winter." (George Herbert)

"February, when the days of Winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of Summer." (Shirley Jackson)

"Why, what's the matter, that you have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?" (William Shakespeare)

"The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February." (Joseph Wood Krutch)

"There seems to be so much more winter than we need this year." (Kathleen Norris)

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Here in our little town the high school celebrates a big home game in two sports: both the traditional one in football and another during basketball season. The first culminates in the "Homecoming Dance." The second - held tomorrow night - we call the "Coming Home Dance." My daughter is going. She has a date, the dress, an appointment to do the hair (thanks, Quincie), and her and Mom are out shopping for shoes and other ladylike accessories as I write this. My little girl is growing up.

I'll wipe away a tear and see you on Monday.



WEB SITE of the WEEK: Charles Colson was, historically, one of the principal bad guys in the whole Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration. A funny thing happened on his way to finishing out his jail term ... he met Jesus in a real, personal way. That led to his founding an organization called "Prison Fellowship," and from there, he began writing about how our Christian worldview should inform and affect every decision we make. He's turned that place where faith's "rubber meets the road" into and several other ministry avenues, but at Break Point you will find yourself challenged to "Defend the Truth. Live the Faith. Advance the Kingdom." It's a mission statement I fully support.


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WORDS for YOUR WEEKEND: "A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water." (Carl Reiner)

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