Sunday, January 31, 2016


Swallowing your pride occasionally will never give you indigestion.
(Especially For You, 30 March)
31 January 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Giving is the secret of a healthy life - not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding.
(John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Especially For You, 17 March)

30 January 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016


Too much of my life has been spent in dwelling upon the faults of others. This is a most subtle and perverse form of self-satisfaction, which permits us to remain comfortably unaware of our own defects. Too often we are heard to say, "If it weren't for him (or her), how happy I'd be.
(As Bill Sees It, p. 44)
29 January 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Eternal

It doesn't take much to evoke the eternal: carefully chosen music, candles, paintings, poetry, stories, fabrics, clothing - religion has always used these as tools for evoking the sacred. We could easily find ways to honor and celebrate the family: parties, conversations, cards and letters, visits to grave sites, journeys to see family members, honoring family homesteads and possessions, handing furniture and clothing down from generation to generation. These acts are not only practical, they help sustain the family's particular spirituality, and they can be motivated at least in part by a sensitivity to the family's holiness.
(Thomas Moore, Soul Mates, p. 84)

26 January 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016


Work with respect for your associates, for their opinions, for their beliefs, with appreciation for their problems, and with a desire to help them should they stumble.
(Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand A Little Taller, 30 August)
25 January 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Friendship is not essentially a union of personalities, it is an attraction and magnetism of souls. Friendships often begin in a soulful way through the workings of fate. We might “just happen” to meet a person and find even the slimmest basis for a relationship. Over the years, each of us encounters many, many people, and yet only a few become friends, and over a lifetime maybe only a very few become truly intimate friends - soul mates.
(Thomas Moore, Soul Mates, p. 96)

24 January 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ponder Things

[Spend some time with yourself] … in introspection, in development, in thinking, meditating, pondering things.
(Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand A Little Taller, 6 September)
23 January 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016


Photo by: Mr. Dickie
Frostburg, MD

Until today, you may have found it easier to provide others with guidance in their time of need than to help yourself. You may not have realized how truly wise you are. Just for today, listen to and heed your own advice. Anything you can tell anyone else probably applies to you too!
(Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 20 January)
22 January 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Our Main Business

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
(Thomas Carlyle, 12 March)
21 January 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Photo by: Mr. Dickie
Doctor's Hospital, Lanham, MD

Every day the path to your own spirituality starts with clarifying who you are and what you want. Not just things ─ things are easy. I mean the stuff that really matters. Life isn't just about what you can have; it's about what you have to give. What kind of person do you really want to be?
(Oprah Winfrey, Words That Matter, The Editors of The Oprah Magazine, p. 121)
20 January 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.
(John Holt, Especially For You, 31 January)
19 January 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016


There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
(Rachel Carson in The Art of the Possible by Alexandra Stoddard, p. 120)
18 January 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


I've learned that you can't have everything and do everything at the same time. I hope you'll tell yourself the truth about what matters most to you, know that your hours in this life are limited for attaining it ─ Then decide how you’ll use your most precious resource.

(Oprah, Words That Matter, by The Editors of The Oprah Magazine, p. 117)
12 January 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Our neighbor Jim's house in winter past.
Photo by Mr. Dickie

The coming of winter lies in far more powerful hands than ours. We can do nothing to hasten or prevent it. All we can change is our attitude toward it. And since the divine mystery is the source of all, we can safely trust that, despite its potential to inconvenience us, winter is a gift that is good.
(Margaret Silf, Daily Inspiration for Women, p. 10 January)

10 January 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Let Go

Today I am willing to let go of all my thoughts and opinions that are negative and destructive in my life.
(Ruth Fishel, Time For Joy, 8 February)
9 January 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
(Anne Bradstreet in Everyday Prayers by Rachel Quillin, p. 76)
9 January 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016


Inaction breeds doubt and fear. 
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear, do not sit [at] home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
(Dale Carnegie, in Everyday Prayers by Rachel Quillen, p. 41)
7 January 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Patience is necessary in this life because so much of life is fraught with adversity. No matter how hard we try, our lives will never be without strife and grief. Thus, we should not strive for a peace that is without temptation, or for a life that never feels adversity. Peace is not found by escaping temptations, but by being tried by them. We will have discovered peace when we have been tried and come through the trial of temptation.
(Thomas ‘a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, found in, Flowers Along the Path, p. 25, by Esther Carls Dodgen)
6 January 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Photo By: Mr. Dickie
Anne Arundel Community College, Fall 2015

This is the true joy in life … being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one … being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy … I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It's a sort of splendid torch which I've got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.
(Words of George Bernard Shaw, page 49, in First Things First, by Stephen R. Covey)

Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth. The stages of dying apply equally to any significant change, e.g., retirement, moving to a new city, changing jobs, divorce; change is a regular occurrence in human existence. If you can face and understand your ultimate death, perhaps you can learn to face and deal productively with each change that presents itself in your life.
(Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross, in The Art of the Possible, by Alexandra Stoddard, page 142.)

To know how to grow old is the masterwork of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
(Henri Frederic Amiel, 8 Feb)
5 January 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Problems of Life

The greatest of disadvantages is that we are too prone to welcome everybody else's wrong solution to the problems of life. There is a natural laziness that moves us to accept the easiest solutions ▬ the ones that have common currency among our friends.
(Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island, p xii)
4 January 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 & 2016 Reading Lists

2015 & 2016 Reading Lists

For a number of years I have selected books at the beginning of the year for my daily reading program.  During the year I keep a lookout for candidates at thrift stores and yard sales. By reading a page or two daily from each book I am able to increase the number of books I read each year. Generally in December, I select more books than I can possibly read and end up setting a few aside. I sometimes add books to the stack, beside the bed, during the year, especially if I discover a book at the county library that I want to read.

I maintain a yearly file of the books I'm reading using the CSVed program.

To recap the books read in 2015 and to list those I'm planning to read in 2016 I created two tables, using Google Docs.  I enjoyed the challenge of learning more about how to use the table options of Google Docs. It turned out to be much easier than I expected.

After I downloaded the Google Docs file in PDF format I uploaded it to my Box account.  If anyone is interested in the two lists you can view or download them from:

Dick Henthorn
3 January 2016

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Year End Blogging Report

Year End Blogging Report

Blog Name 2015 Posts Total Posts Total Page Views No. of Years
Mr. Dickies
Arrow Prayers

This table reports 2015 statistics for my four Blogger blogs.

Note: The Blogger page editor doesn't offer a table option.  This table was created using a snippet of code that someone shared on the Internet and HTML for centering that I added.

Dick Henthorn
2 January 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Wherever you are today is perfect. You have been on a journey arriving right here, right now in this moment in time and space. You are here to make a new beginning on our spiritual journey and to experience and accept JOY in your life. You are in a perfect place for spiritual growth and change. Everything you have done in your entire life has brought you to this very moment and is perfect.
(Ruth Fishel, Time For Joy, 1 January)

People can lose their whole lives by being scared about some moment in the future. People waste years being nostalgic about some moment that's gone in the past. Don't spend your moment wishing you could occupy somebody else's moment -- because it doesn't belong to you, and it never will.
(John Ortberg, Now What? p. 7)
1 January 2016