When you start to think of all the things that should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here….Those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same, you have grown and you are growing….You are wrapped in boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday. –Morgan Harper Nichols
Diane Masiello is a part-time writer and a full-time mom, wife, daughter, and daughter-in-law. Like many who are currently part of the “sandwich generation,” – those who still have kids at home but are also taking care of aging parents—she is also trying to find the time to carve out some space for her own passions. In her earlier life she earned a Ph.D. in Education from New York University, and worked as an Instructor of English, then Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tampa. In 2003 she left academia to raise her two daughters—the longest, hardest job she’s ever held, and the most rewarding. During her time in academia she edited and contributed to a variety of academic publications, but her greatest joy was the publication of her first short fantasy story, “The Sunspot,” in CrossTime Science Fiction Anthology Vol. II. She has her own blog, “Afternoons with Coffee Spoons,” which started as a mommy blog but ended when she realized her daughters had become old enough that writing about them without their permission seemed invasive. She has just completed her first young adult fantasy novel, Keeper, and is starting on the maze-like road toward publication. She is thrilled to be a part of The Gloria Sirens and looks forward to the conversations her blog posts may inspire.
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. –Maria Robinson
If I’m not serving, who am I? If I’m not helping others, why am I here?
Light is the left hand of darkness
and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death, lying
together like lovers . . . like hands joined together, like the end and the way. –Ursula K. LeGuin
All that you touch
All that you Change
The only lasting truth
I don’t want to wait anymore. I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. –Shauna Niequist
The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. –Barbara Kingsolver
What we individually deserve isn’t as much as what we collectively merit. –C. J. Cherryh
Some creatures survive, some become extinct. But no matter how great the ecological disaster, the paradox called life keeps on defying entropy and trying to perfect itself. Hard times just seem to help evolution. –Julian May
The people who keep coping, keep trying, no matter how many blows fate takes at them. Nobody’ll make a song about them, but they’re heroes all the same. –Mercedes Lackey