Photo of the Milky Way against a backdrop of a dark, starry night

The Brightest Stars

All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some. who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others, they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. But these stars are all silent. You — you alone — will have the stars as no one else has them … In one of the stars, I shall be living. In one of them, I shall be laughing.

Two hands forming the shape of a heart with a sunrise sky behind them

What Divides Us

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” — Father Gregory Boyle

A wooden bridge stretching from left to right into the horizon during sunrise with trees on the left and water below

No Words At All

When there is pain, there are no words — Toni Morrison

Corals 2 at sunrise near Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

There Are No More Memories

“I don’t know how you go on without your son, sweet pea. I only know that you do. And you have. And you will.” Cheryl Strayed, “The Obliterated Place”

Margo holding Jimmy age 1 month. Margo is looking at Jimmy on her left shoulder; Jimmy is looking at the camer


Doctors have come from distant cities, just to see me, stand over my bed, disbelieving what they’re seeing. They say I must be one of the wonders, god’s own creation and as far as they see they can offer no explanation — Natalie Merchant

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