No pessimist

Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, 2003

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” — Helen Keller

Few sights are more breathtaking to me than the Golden Gate Bridge and the surrounding lands and sea.  Such a vivid reminder of the creativity of people, and especially of the God in whose image they are made, never failed to lift my spirits no matter how many times I stood on the shore and looked out on this scene.  I am deeply grateful for the daring, hard work and optimism that made such wonders a reality for us to enjoy.  What wonders, large or small, are you thankful for today?


  1. Julia, your succinct statement of gratitude contains both the words “sight” and “scene”. How poignant is the fact that your inspirational quote is by Helen Keller!

    • Yes, Helen Keller is a tremendous source of inspiration for me, as is her teacher, Annie Sullivan.

  2. Julia, I must tell you again how meaningful your blog is and how I look forward to reading it each day to lift my spirits. I hope it is just as cathartic for you to write it.
    Helen Keller is such an icon that George even observed a billboard in Mexico bearing her picture and name. He preached to them a sermon on “The Helen Keller moment”-referring to her finally grasping the concept of water as a word.
    Thank you for sharing. You have our prayers with you always.

    • Thanks, Carla! Sometime we must go to Ivy Green together; I have not been since I was a little girl. Keep the prayers coming!

  3. Bobby Harris

    Another source of inspiration for me is Fanny J. Crosby. As a baby she was blinded by the doctor putting the wrong drops in her eyes. She went on to write many of the hymns we still sing. One that always brings tears to my eyes is I Shall See Him Face to Face. I hope to sing with her someday in heaven.

    • I do too, Bobby! I had heard years ago that she was blind, but had forgotten.

  4. That’s a great photo of The Golden Gate Julia. We rode across on the double decker three times and got fog every time. Fortunately we’d stopped our very first day of the trip, on our way to Napa and good photo’s.
    Let me see, there seems to be lot’s of wonder around these days. Just this morning, I dropped off my husbands car at the auto body shop an met Sophie, she’s the sweetest dog. The business owner was kind enough to drive me home and Sophie came along for the ride. It felt just the the old days with Buddy in the back. I was in 7th heaven 😀

    • What a lovely way to start the morning. Sophie is a perfect name for a dog, I think, although it’s also pretty for people. Don’t you just love the way most dogs are so crazy about riding in the car? I get such a kick out of seeing them leaning out the car window, obviously relishing the breeze.

      • We had dogs that never like to be left behind but also never relished the ride. I used to have a pick up truck and my first dog Jasper would sit in the passenger seat just like a best friend. I’d drive to a town near the lake and have him wait (with the windows down all the way naturally). I can still see him sitting there, waiting, so patient and quietly. He was a good boy.

        • I bet you never have quit missing Jasper. It’s so cool to have such a steadfast companion. Pasha was a great traveler. He would be so quiet in the car that I’d panic and think we must have left him behind. He rode across the USA with us twice, and many trips in addition to that. Once in awhile when we would roll down the window for him he would love it. He also loved my Daddy’s bass boat. I have some video clips of him in it. He would get so close to the edge of the boat and so far up that I would be afraid he was going to fall out. I would hang onto him every minute. If I had ever left him in a car with the windows down, he would have chased something for sure. You were lucky Jasper was so obedient.


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