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Once again, I am attempting to rebuild HappyOtter to match the dream of how I wish it would look. I wonder how far I will get this time before I am distracted by an adventure or volunteer project?

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Quotes, poems, and photos are working now and are searchable!

Currently establishing userpoint system for Random Acts of Kindness.

Points will allow purchase of nature photos via online shop.

Online shop has begun to work (still needs lots of work).

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Quotes (click to search)

If you want to persuade people, show the immediate relevance and value of what you're saying in terms of meeting their needs and desires ... Successful collaborative negotiation lies in finding out what the other side reallywants and showing them a way to
There is nothing left to you at this moment but to have a good laugh.
Life is not made up of great sacrifices and duties but of little things: in which smiles and kindness given habitually are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.
Even God cannot change the past.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a Sun-dial in the Shade?
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.
What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certainanswers. (President, Radcliffe College)
I do not believe we are all created equal. Physical and emotional differences, parental guidance, varying environments, being in the right place at the right time all play a role in enhancing or limiting development. But I do believe every man and woman,
Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until wehave succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? ... if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another,
Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your truth. Learn to repeatendlessly to yourself. "It all depends on me."
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.
What you deny to others will be denied to you, for the plain reason that you are always legislating for yourself; all your words and actions define the world you want to live in.
Don't be discouraged by failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form o
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live
One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve ... Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
Everyone's travels through life end the same way, so you might as well enjoy the journey.
If you can't win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record.

Poems/Prose (click to search)

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forge the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Let Fate do her worst; there are relics of joy, Bright dreams of the past, which she cannot destroy; Which come in the night-time of sorrow and care, And bring back the features that joy used to wear. Long; long be my heart with such memories fill'd! Like the vase, in which roses have been distill'd -- You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will, But the scent of the roses will hang 'round it still.
He drew a circle that shut me out-- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in!
I would teach each child to be positive, to smile, to love and be loved. I would teach each child to take time to observe some miracle of nature - the song of a bird, the beauty of a snowflake, the orange glow of a winter sunset. I would teach each child to feel warmly about those for whom the task of learning does not come easily. I would teach each one to be kind to all living creatures and to crowd out of their lives feelings of guilt, misunderstanding and lack of compassion. I would teach each child that it is O.K. to show their feelings by laughing, crying or touching someone they care about. Every day I would have each child feel special and, through my actions, each one would know how much I REALLY CARE
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk to wise; If you can dream--and not make dreams your master; If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with triumph and disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, And stoop and build'em up with wornout tools; If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on"; If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run-- Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. -Thomas Jefferson, 1816
Go placidly amid the noise & haste, & remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness,. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, Whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy..
It isn't the thing you do, dear, It's the thing you leave undone That gives you a bit of a heartache At setting of the sun. The tender word forgotten, The letter you did not write, The flowers you did not send, dear, Are your haunting ghosts at night. The stone you might have lifted Out of a brother's way; The bit of heartsome counsel You were hurried too much to say; The loving touch of the hand, dear, The gentle, winning tone Which you had no time nor thought for With troubles enough of your own. Those little acts of kindness So easily out of mind, Those chances to be angels Which we poor mortals find -- They come in night and silence, Each sad, reproachful wraith, When hope is faint and flagging, And a chill has fallen on faith. For life is all too short, dear, And sorrow is all too great, To suffer our slow compassion That tarries until too late; And it isn't the thing you do, dear, It's the thing you leave undone Which gives you a bit of a heartache At the setting of the sun.
Happiness is like a crystal, Fair and exquisite and clear, Broken in a million pieces, Shattered, scattered far and near. Now and then along life's pathway, Lo! some shining fragments fall; But there are so many pieces No one ever finds them all. You may find a bit of beauty, Or an honest share of wealth, While another just beside you Fathers honor, love or health. Vain to choose or grasp unduly, Broke is the perfect ball, And there are so many pieces, No one ever finds them all. Yet the wise as on they journey Treasure every fragment clear, Fit them as they may together, Imagining the shattered sphere, Learning ever to be thankful, Though their share of it is small; For it has so many pieces No one ever finds them all.
This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:-- There spread a cloud of dust along a plain; And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince's banner Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes. A craven hung along the battle's edge, And thought, "Had I a sword of keener steel -- That blue blade that the king's son bears, -- but this Blunt thing-!" he snapt and flung it from his hand, And lowering crept away and left the field. Then came the king's son, wounded, sore bestead, And weaponless, and saw the broken sword Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand, And ran and snatched it, and with battle-shout Lifted afresh he hewed his enemy down, And saved a great cause that heroic day.
He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, He is a fool - shun him He who knows not and knows he knows not, He is simple - teach him; He who knows and knows not he knows, He is asleep - wake him; He who knows and knows he knows, He is wise; follow him.
Is life worth living? Yes, so long As there is wrong to right, Wail of the weak against the strong, Or tyranny to fight; Long as there lingers gloom to chase, Or streaming tear to dry, One kindred woe, one sorrowing face That smiles as we draw nigh; Long as a tale of anguish swells The heart, and lids grow wet, And at the sound of Christmas bells We pardon and forget; So long as Faith with Freedom reigns, And loyal Hope survives, And gracious Charity remains To leaven lowly lives; While there is one untrodden tract For Intellect or Will, And men are free to think and act Life is worth living still.
"Just stand aside, and watch yourself go by; Think of yourself, as 'he' instead of 'I.' Pick flaws, find fault, forget the man is you, And strive to make your estimate ring true. The faults of others then will dwarf and shrink. Love's chin grows stronger by one mighty link, When you with 'he' as substitute for 'I,' Have stood aside, and watched yourself go by."
Gone is the city, gone the day, Yet still the story and the meaning stay: Once where a prophet in the palm shade basked A traveler chanced at noon to rest his miles. "What sort of people may they be," he asked, "In this proud city on the plains o'erspread?" "Well, friend, what sort of people whence you came?" "What sort?" the packman scowled; "why, knaves and fools." "You'll find the people here the same," the wise man said. Another stranger in the dusk drew near, And pausing, cried, "What sort of people here In your bright city where yon towers arise?" "Well, friend, what sort of people whence you came?" "What sort?" the pilgrim smiled, "Good, true and wise." "You'll find the people here the same," The wise man said.
What is a Friend? I'll tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself. Your could can go naked with him. He seems to ask you to put on nothing, only to be what you really are. When you are with him, you do not have to be on your guard. You can say what you think, so long as it is genuinely you. He understands those contradictions in your nature that cause others to misjudge you. With him you breathe freely-you can avow your little vanities and envies and absurdities and in opening them up to him they are dissolved on the white ocean of his loyalty. He understands. - You can weep with him, laugh with him, pray with him-through and underneath it all he sees, knows and loves you. A Friend, I repeat, is one with whom YOU DARE TO BE YOURSELF.