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    Like kites without strings, and butterflies without wings, my mother taught me to soar with my dreams. – William H. McMurry III

    My MotherI believe in you” were my mother’s supportive embrace when I needed a cane to push my laming spirit forward. “Your happiness is mine too” were my mother’s fortune wish behind my cloudy decisions.How can she always be present when sometimes I refused to accept her gift of affection like a madman running away from a healing cloak?

    How can she be a healing face when I am beaten down with pride and pain?

    Is it because she is a mother?

    Through the years, I witness the essence of true love and forgiveness in her words and gestures. If my every thought for Mom can be likened to a flower, I will be walking through a big beautiful garden.

    My words mean little to describe her and no words or actions can suffice to show my gratitude for having a mother like her.

    Thank you Mom and Happy Mother’s Day!


    Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. –Aristotle

    Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort. –John Lancaster Spalding

    Take the word “family.” Strike out the “m” for mother and the “y” for youth – and all you have left is “fail.” – Omar Burleson

    A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. –Washington Irving

    Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. –Meryl Streep

    Mothers are like fine collectibles – as the years go by, they increase in value. – Unknown

    The sweetest sounds to mortals given
    Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven. – William Goldsmith Brown

    What are Raphael’s Madonnas but the shadow of a mother’s love, fixed in permanent outline forever? –Thomas Wentworth Higginson

    My mom is a never ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. – Graycie Harmon

    Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. –Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

    I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine – she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. –Adabella Radici

    [A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. –Emily Dickinson

    A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. –Victor Hugo

    Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing. –Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

    All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.”
    Abraham Lincoln

    A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. –Washington Irving

    I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
    Abraham Lincoln

    Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.”- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.”- Albert Einstein

    By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class.”- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.”- Arnold Bennett

    A mother is she who can take the place of all others but
    whose place no one else can take.”- Cardinal Mermillod

    A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”
    Dorothy Canfield Fisher

    If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers.”
    Edgar Watson Howe

    My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”- George Washington

    The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”- Henry Ward Beecher

    What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.”
    Henry Ward Beecher

    The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”- Honore’ de Balzac

    Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.”- Hosea Ballou

    A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.” –Keith L. Brooks

    The phrase “working mother” is redundant.”- Jane Sellman

    God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”- Jewish proverb

    A boy’s best friend is his mother.”- Joseph Stefano

    Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.”- Kate Douglas Wiggin

    Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”- Lin Yutang


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    A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Moore


    Can you still stay for awhile? Sofia, 10 year old daughter of my host family in Austria yelled out from her window as I was about to put my last luggage inside the car. In my haste, I remember I forgot to kiss her good-bye as I didn’t see her around.

    Her words and my never ending rushing are my crossroads in life.  I always have these choices: stay or leave.  Sadly for those who asked me to stay, I opted to leave.

    These past two months of extensive travelling and rushing really drained me out. I feel hollow inside! There never seems to be enough time. I have less for myself and far less for another person.

    I see myself in those who are impatient for people who talk or walk slowly, impatience in traffic, slow service, etc. “Time is money” we say. We rarely have time for real dialogue or for just “wasting time”.  Living in a European culture, this kind of system is eating me up slowly or faster?

    somewhere never anywhere

    This month, my work took me up to the beautiful Alps of Europe. Trekking along the steepy trails, enjoying the silence and solitude of the mountain sides, immersing in deep thoughts on a mountaintop while observing the panaroma below gave me a chance to slow down my pace and begin to see the world in a different perspective.

    The marvelous part of it, I was only carrying a light backpack and in between pause, I would sit down pondering on a quote  inscribed on a plaque affixed to the bench like these:

    travel -Alice in Wonderland


    Yes, Just where am I going anyway? Where is there? Who am I? etc

    I am always going somewhere, never being anywhere…never being with the person or people I care for.

    One hiker beside me was reading a book of Helen Nearing, “Loving and leaving the Good life” and she smilingly showed me a passage from the book:

    When one door closes, another opens . . . into another room, another space, other happenings. There are many doors to open and close in our lives. Some doors we leave ajar, where we hope and plan to return. Some doors are slammed shut decisively – “No more of that!” Some are closed regretfully, softly – “It was good, but it is over.”

    Departures entail arrivals somewhere else. Closing a door, leaving it behind, means opening onto new vistas and ventures, new possibilities, new incentives.”

    Reading it seemed to give me another oracle to my queries: am I ready to close a door? what am I ready to give up?

    I am beginning to  believe that no external success can atone for internal failures.

    I placed my last heavy luggage inside my car and went back to see Sofia.  I looked at her sad eyes wanting to tell her I can’t stay as I have another train to catch up. Instead, my lips uttered…”okay, I will stay for awhile!”


    What am I doing here?”
    Rimbaud writing home from Ethiopia

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

    Muhammad says, ‘Love of one’s country is a part of the faith.’
    But don’t take that literally! Your real ‘country’ is where you’re heading, not where you are.
    Don’t misread that hadith.”

    If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”
    Henry Miller

    Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.'”
    – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

    When you are everywhere, you are nowhere.
    When you are somewhere, you are everywhere.”
    – Rumi

    Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.”
    Freya Stark

    If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
    Glenn Clark

    Home is where I should be.” – Isak Dinesen, Out of africa

    No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” –Lin Yutang


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