1.  In the songs of Van Morrison there are cracks and crevices, fissures of gold waiting to be discovered while the young clamor for the plastic new.

2. If Dickinson is right and “There is no frigate like a book” – then I want my children to be owners, captains and sailors of one thousand sea-worthy vessels on death-defying quests for beauty.

3. Some memories are like money found folded in the pockets of a coat unworn for seasons.

4. We do not even live paycheck to paycheck right now but the riches of my children’s laughter crowds out the pangs of need.

5. Wonder is the lost needle among the haystack of instantaneous answers.

6. Beauty is a door into a world of grace. Turn around and grace is a door into a world of beauty.

7. The world will not see we are concerned about justice until our reputations are on the line and they hate us for it.

8. “What is good?” has been replaced by “What looks good?”

9. Ordinary life is the proving ground.

10. One thousand stars are not half as bright as the glint in the happy eyes of my wife.

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