13 October

My Golden Apple, Photo by JMorton



“The female of the species is more deadly than the male.”
– Rudyard Kipling




13 October

Happy Birthday

World News:

13 October 2019: Cardinal John Henry Newman had been canonised today by Pope Francis in Rome.  St John Henry Newman is the latest English saint.



11 October

by lorosa

Children need models rather than critics.
– Joseph Joubert (1754- 1824)
French Essayist

11 October



Thought for the Day: Role Model

I think Monsieur Joubert has a point there.  Children are like sponges, they soak up everything they see, hear and feel.

Even those who seemed not listening are affected.

If they are forever criticised, these will impinge on their psyche.  They may grow up having low self-esteem and may lack confidence in dealing with this mad world.

It is, therefore, more progressive to show these children kindness, respect, and good hardworking ethos than telling them to be better.  Be a role model to them.  Show them.

Prepare these children to face the future with self-assurance, hope, and conviction.  After all, they are the new generation.

10 October

Goldfish, Photo by PH Morton

10 October

Happy Birthday!


Life Prescription: Be Thyself, Know thyself, Love Thyself


Your capacity to love others depends entirely on your capacity to love yourself and take care of yourself.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

I love this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh. I have heard and even read it somewhere before that it is important to love yourself first before you can love another.

I think this is really elementary. You cannot or shouldn’t really love anyone more than you love yourself. Your life is your own and you must try to look after it and not let your happiness be dependent on others, otherwise, your life is always on a balancing act; forever standing on a precipice. You have one life to live and live you must.

Put yourself first before others, it is a  life prescription, because only then that you can truly give yourself fully to others.

Jennifer Lopez had just written a book about loving oneself.  Based on the interviews she was giving left right and centre about learning to love herself, she made so much sense.  Currently, she said, she is alone and she was enjoying being alone, just completely reliant on herself for her happiness.


Anyway below are some more quotes from those who have a way with words:

Be patient, love yourself, and miracles will happen.
Christina Caldwell
Do your own work and know yourself.
– Plato
Even though you don’t know who you are, you accept yourself. That is “you” in its truest sense.
– Shunryu Suzuki
It is imperative to base your life on yourself, to take responsibility for your own happiness.
– Josei Toda
In this life of ours, others may help us, may support us for a moment when we are fallen, may seek to awaken us to our own true nature, but realization must come from within.
– Paramananda
It is from the bottom of your heart that you react when you see someone crying, laughing or frightened.
– Chogyam Trungpa
Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul.
– Benjamin Franklin

It is the self that creates life, and it is life that makes the self what it is.
– Dogen Zenji

One can only know the best of oneself through awareness of the best of other people.
– Francois Cheng

Our way is to go step by step, appreciating our everyday life.  Then we can see what we are doing and where we are.
– Shunryu Suzuki
To Thine own self be true.
– William Shakespeare
The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat One’s self.
– Philip James Bailey

There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.
– Frederic William Farrar

Think positively about yourself…. ask God who made you to keep on remaking you.
~Norman Vincent Peale

9 October

Orbs by Dale Chihuly, photo by JMorton

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein


9 October

Feast Day: St John Henry Newman

(It is a palindromic date today: 9/10/2019 – Useless fact of the day)


Happy Birthday!


  • Hangul Day (Korean Alphabet Day) In South Korea, the holiday is called Hangeul Proclamation Day, or Hangeul Day for short, and is celebrated on October 9 to commemorate the promulgation of the Hunminjeongeum on October 9, 1446. (Wikipedia)