Two things stand

Near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2004

“Life is mostly froth and bubble
Two things stand like stone
KINDNESS in another’s trouble
COURAGE in your own.”  — Adam Lindsay Gordon


  1. Though considered an Australian, Adam Lindsay Gordon was born in the Azores. His journey to the big island that was to become his home was conducted on a ship named “Julia”. It arrived in Adelaide on November 11, 1853.

    • How totally cool! I did not know that at all. I did know Gordon was generally considered an Australian.

  2. Kathy

    Wow, very simple and POWERFUL words. I love it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my friends!

    • Thank you, Kathy! Here’s hoping and praying fervently that Jeff and I share many more birthdays together.

  3. Beautiful scene and beautifully true words. Hope your birthdays have been full of joy and peace.

    • Carla, our birthdays were very nice this year, despite all we are enduring right now. Actually better than last year. “There’s a curious paradox that no one can explain…” (Look that quote up!) Love, J

  4. LarryBuchanan

    What are the odds that two would meet at Lipscomb, date and marry having the same birthday? Happy Birthday to you both!

    • I don’t know, but certainly less than the odds that the guy’s sister and cousin would also have the VERY SAME birthday!

  5. I love that quote. My dad was a very kind person. If I can live by his example everyday, I will be too.

    • I think you are already living up to his example! Your comments here, your blog and your Pinterest pages are fun and also kind — free of the snark that is so popular these days. I had a few minutes of time last night to read some of your posts and enjoyed every minute. I too have a kind father and feel so thankful for his example.

      • Thank you so much Julia, and thank you for spending your free time at my blog, it means a lot.

        • It is truly my pleasure. Your blog is a very happy place!

  6. Reblogged this on Defeat Despair and commented:

    This is the post from one year ago today. I forgot to include it in the message I posted earlier. Update: Jeff had his wound vac removed and his incision closed this morning, and has just been moved out of the ICU. We thank God that he appears to be healing well! And thank you all for your kind words and prayers!

  7. Carolyn

    Thanks so much for your blogs. When did you have a birthday and is Jeff’s the same? So thankful that the surgery is over and hope for a great recovery. Hugs and love to all.

    • Carolyn, yes, we have the same birthday (but I’m two years older) and I don’t publish the actual date online, not even on Facebook, just because I want to avoid the misuse of such data. This surgery is a huge milestone for us and one step closer to our 2017 celebration! Take care of yourself and enjoy what’s left of this holiday weekend. Love to you and Terry.

  8. A year from here and I still enjoyed this quote a lot. As we’ve gotten to know each other more over this past year I can say without a doubt that you are both kind and courages in every way.

    • Wow, thanks Boomdee. I still need to work on the kindness thing (mainly staying kind to the people I know best, and family who are “stuck” with me!) but I think this short quote says it all. I enjoy the froth and bubble as much as anyone else does, but in the end, I would like to look back on my life as having been one that was defined by kindness AND courage. I’m so glad we have gotten to know each other online! 🙂


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