Grandma Danny writes as she approaches 100 years that age is a quality of mind.

Sometimes my knees remind me I am getting older, Danny reminds me I am not old.
I become old, when I leave my dreams behind, and I continue to dream.
I become old when my ambition’s fire is put out, and there are still a few embers waiting on an evening breeze to reignite the flame.
I become old if I dwell on the past, but I still look forward to my future as an author.
If love continues to drive your life, one is never old.

Too Late

It is never too soon to be kind, for we never know when it will be too late. — Grandma Danny.

Whatever one reads for inspiration — the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the poetry of Rumi, the words of Confucius, etc. — I have come to understand it needs to be a living breathing text. When I was a child, I was taught that it was a mortal sin the despoil a bible. It probably would have been a sin in my case given my inability to do anything with crayons but scribble, and my inability to write legibly.
Grandma Danny hardly despoiled her bible by writing in its margins and by attaching sayings and prayers. It has become a living breathing source of inspiration for Suzy and I and hopefully many others.
I see people walking around with their Bible as if it is a prop. Wisdom has taught me that many of the tools given us by God can be used wisely or misused.
A good question we should ask ourselves is do we use the tools of God for his purposes or our own?

Distant Soaring Ranges

“…he was like a man who stands upon a hill above the town he had left, yet does not say ‘The town is near,’ but turns his eyes upon the distant soaring ranges.”
― Thomas WolfeLook Homeward, Angel
Who amongst us hasn’t set our sights on the “distant soaring ranges” and turned away from what we already had. I think God wants us to dream, to work toward the greater good, but I wonder after these many years whether if on occasion we shouldn’t say “The town is near,” and there is much work to be done there.
I have no great wisdom here, just a thought that occupies this morning’s meditation.

Danny’s Prayer

A question is often asked “How should I pray.” Jesus answered by giving us the Lord’s Prayer.

Grandma Danny has glued to the first page of her Bible her prayer. Thought you’d enjoy and use.
My Prayer
To keep alive my faith when evil seems overpowering; to know that heartaches have been the heartaches of thousands of other women, who have risen out of the turmoil in life, fine, generous, noble, and good women, to live clean physically, mentally, and morally; to be grateful for the sweetness and joy of the life I have tasted; to be glad for the beauties of nature and the love of children; to keep my interests in all things that make for culture and beauty; to keep sweet and not bitter; and for every unkind word or deed to give more of love.
Lovingly, Mom