If you clicked on this “About” page hoping to be captivated or expecting to learn specific details about me, I’m sorry to say you will probably find this most disappointing. Be honest -- don’t you hate it when people prattle on about themselves endlessly? I know I do. So, I thought it would be best to spare you that. Everything you need to know about me is captured on the lines, and in between the lines, of my work anyway. Read carefully, pay attention to the clues, and you should find everything you could ever want or need to know (and if you search this page, you will find some information about amethysts). If you’re still in doubt, check out the "Links" page – I believe the sites I’ve chosen to link to paint a very telling portrait of who I am and what I support. In summary, I am very much like you in some ways and in some ways, very different. I think that could be said of all of us. If I tell you where I was born, what's happened to me, where I live or what I like and dislike, it would only make you concentrate on how we are different from one another. I prefer that you focus on what we might have in common since that’s how friends are made. If some words I’ve written happen to speak to you, that’s what’s most important. Below you’ll find some insightful passages I've collected over the years – I find it’s always best to hear the wisdom others have to impart. So, let’s be quiet and just listen.


“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
~~ Albert Einstein

“It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time."
~~ Tallulah Bankhead

“It seldom pays to be rude. It never pays to be only half-rude.”
~~ Norman Douglas

“A reasonable amount o’ fleas is good fer a dog – keeps him from broodin’ over bein’ a dog.”
~~ Edward Noyes Wescott

“I sat thinking, almost in despair; a hand fell on my shoulder, a voice said: ‘Cheer up, things could get worse.’ So, I cheered up; sure enough, things got worse.”
~~ James Hagerty

“Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable."
~~ Jean de la Fontaine

"Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.”
~~ Edna Ferber

"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."
~~ Robert Frost

"An apology for the Devil -- it must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books."
~~ Samuel Butler

"Babies – a loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”
~~ Father Ronald Knox

"If all pulled in one direction, the world would keel over.”
~~ Yiddish Proverb

"The cocktail party -- as the name itself indicates -- was originally invented by dogs. They are simply bottom-sniffings raised to the rank of formal ceremonies.”
~~ Lawrence Durrell

"An archeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”
~~ Agatha Christie

"Why be only disagreeable, when with a little effort you can be impossible?”
~~ Douglas Woodruff

"Boys will be boys and so will a lot of middle-aged men.”
~~ F. McKinney Hubbard

"You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.”
~~ Albert Camus

"Compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece."
~~ Dr. Ludwig Erhard

"Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave."
~~Addison Mizner

"Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good."
~~ Dr. Samuel Johnson

"I’d rather laugh with the sinners / than cry with the saints. / The sinners are much more fun. / Only the good die young.”
~~ Billy Joel

And since you were interested enough to make it all the way to the bottom of this list of quotes, I have a little surprise for you. You can chat with me live! That's right -- you can tell me this "About" page just wasn't enough and you'd like to know a bit more about me. Just send me an e-mail by clicking on my amethyst bracelet or leave a note for me on my Message Board and I'll be happy to arrange a time to chat with you in person if that's of interest to you. At our pre-scheduled time, you can come back here, click on the "Enter" shell below, and talk to me in real time. It will give us a chance to get to know each other better or if you're an old friend, we can catch up on the news. Thanks for your support and I hope to talk to you soon.



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