July 19, 2007

my sister's wisdom

My baby sister sent me a beautiful poem a while back. I have to blog it below just in case I lose the original pages one day.

We don't live close to each other now, but we dream of one day living down the street from one another so we can have more coffee dates like this one (on a summer afternoon in Raleigh).

[IF] ~ by Rudyard Kipling

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 too 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 worn-out tools.

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath 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!

July 1, 2007

living life as you dream it

We got a chance to go to Maine for a mini-holiday again. It's my most favorite retreat on the East Coast. This year we even had the fun company of our friends from Houston. It was their first time in Maine and we couldn't have asked for lovelier weather to show them around. We woke up every morning to the sunrises over the ocean, walked the Marginal Way to gape at the amazing views at every turn, headed into town for some fresh steamy coffee and flaky croissants at Fancy That, browsed our favorite gift shops, picked up snacks and drinks at the Village Food Market, and munched on delicious lobsters in melted butter. Life is oh so good in Maine!

I found this beautiful art piece at Art & Soul, one of the cutest art galleries in Ogunquit. Every time we're in town, we make a stop at the colorful and gorgeous Art & Soul. This time, I asked one of the shopkeepers where these beautiful artworks came from, and she happily said they're by artists all over the U.S. and the New England area. This made me think immediately of my talented sister. She should sell her beautiful whimsical artworks to quaint galleries like this one! Mmmm ... mental note ... remember to tell my sister.

For a few more glimpses of the Art & Soul Galleries: View slideshow