Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Woodburned service sign

A woodburning I recently burned on request. The Airborne insignia is on one end the bronze star on the other.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The inefficiency of impatience

We have a fine instance of patience in the late venerable Thomas Scott: “Having gone on a voyage when it did not sail at all punctually to the time which had been named, he sat down to read in the cabin. A gentleman, who had expressed much impatience and displeasure at the delay, at length addressed himself to him, observing that his quietness was quite provoking; that he seemed ready to put up with anything. His reply was, 'Sir, I dare say I shall get to the end of our voyage just as soon as you will.’”

- from A Treatise on Temper - its Use and Abuse by a Staffordshire Curate, October 1837

Monday, October 18, 2010

What can I do today?

"What can I do today?
Not gold, or ease, or power, or love, to gain,
Or pleasure gay;
But to impart
Joy to some stricken heart;
To send some heaven-born rays
Of hope, some sad, despairing
Soul to cheer;
To lift some weighing doubts;
Make truth more clear;
Dispel some dawning fear;
To lull some pain;
Bring to the fold again
Some lamb astray;
To brighten life for some one.
Now and here
This let me do today."

- Author unknown

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Two bears

Two bears must be kept in every home in order to have love and peace - bear and forbear. - R. T. Cross

Bear and forbear is no prohibition against needful correction. But correction without discretion is only brutal passion. - A Treatise on Temper - its Use and Abuse

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Manly or Godly?

“It is related that a gentleman once went to Sir Eardley under the impression of great wrath and indignation at a real injury he had received from a person high in power, and which he was meditating how to resent in the most effectual manner. After relating the particulars, he asked Sir Eardley if he did not think it would be manly to resent it? 'Yes,' said the Christian knight, 'it will be manly to resent it—but it will be God-like to forgive it.' This had such an effect upon the gentleman that he came away quite a different man, and in a very subdued temper from that in which he went.”

- from A Treatise on Temper -- its Use and Abuse by a Staffordshire Curate, October 1837