Progress in a democracy is never instantaneous

“When it comes to specifics, the world is complicated and there are choices you have to make. The trajectory of progress comes in fits and starts and where you’re going is balanced by what is and where you’ve been. Progress in a democracy is never instantaneous and it’s always partial.

…It’s like steering an ocean liner and making a 2 degree turn so that 10 years from now we’re suddenly in a very different place. You can’t turn 50 degrees all at once because that’s not how societies – especially democracies – work. As long as we’re turning in the right direction and we’re making progress, government is working like its supposed to.” – President Obama

Things do work out

“There is a sense that things, if you keep positive and optimistic about what can be done, do work out.”
– Hillary Clinton

Mr Nutto’s Chair

This is Mr. Nutto’s Chair. It’s a Belter Chair from the late nineteenth century. It is rosewood with a needlepoint cushion that is not original. It was given to us by my father in law, Howe, who gave us the chair and the story several years ago.

Mr. Nutto was an elderly suitor to Vern, my husband Jeffy Guy’s grandmother, who was a widow for half her life. Vern’s first husband, a wealthy pharmacist, died when he was 40. Jeffy’s mom was 6 at the time. Her brother Rus was 10 and would soon get shipped off to the Milton Hershey School, a private school founded by Hershey Chocolate’s founder.

Vern remained a widow for the rest of her life, but later on, Mr. Nutto came calling. He wanted to marry Vern, but she refused. As the story goes, he died not long after the proposal. It’s unclear when he gave her the chair.

Had she agreed to his hand, he would have left her with a fortune. As it stands, he left her with this chair, which is now ours. It was half broken when we acquired it, and through wear, we fully broke it. I got this photo from the repair shop to indicate it is finished.

Finding someone to repair an antique, rosewood chair is no easy task. When I presented Jeffy Guy with the estimate, he said, “I like that chair, and it’s Mr. Nutto’s chair.”

Mr Nutto Chair - Belter Chair

If he learns to calm down…

“Murray is a great, great talent, one of the biggest ever, and a big part of it is not being used, because his mindset is not calm. He gets frustrated very easily. When he’s winning he has booming confidence, but once he starts losing, his mind turns around and he looks lost. He starts talking to his box, and this distracts his mind. If he learns to calm down, he will have a far bigger career than he has by now. I would love for Murray to achieve his potential.” – Srdjan Djokovic (Novak’s father) on Andy Murray

Where do you get your ideas?

“When you listen to a novelist on a show, one of the questions the speakers love to ask is, ‘where you get your ideas.’ And every time someone asks a creative person that, they roll their eyes. It’s not that they don’t want to tell you where they got their ideas, it’s that it doesn’t matter. The reason it doesn’t matter is that everyone has ideas. The difference between creative people and non-creative people is, non-creative people shoot their ideas in the head and walk away. Creative people take those ideas and run with them.” – Seth Godin, Become a Connector: The Impresario Institute

Where your thoughts come from

“The thing about being what somebody calls a creative person is that you have absolutely no idea where any of your thoughts come from, really. And especially, you don’t have any idea where they’re going to come from tomorrow.” – Hal Riney

Be scrappy

“Be scrappy. Things are not going to ever go in your life like you think they’re going to go. Period. That is a universal truth. I don’t know what that means for each person, but when they don’t go your way, you have two choices. Go home and be depressed. Or pick yourself up and figure it out for that day, for that hour. That is something that takes self awareness, exploration, motivation, energy. If you can’t do that, you can’t change things. You have to move to change….wherever you go, you take yourself. You have to be the boss of yourself.”  -Rachel Weiss, L’Oreal VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the #girlboss radio podcast

I like the anxiety

“And you can drink coffee all day.”

“All day.”

“It would give me horrible anxiety.”

“I like the anxiety.”

-Sarah Jessica Parker and Jerry Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Books: Something that might change your life

“A book is a bargain. Still. A screaming bargain. You pay $15-20 bucks, and you have something that might change your life. You have something that reminds you 20 years later siting on the shelf where you were when you read it. I love buying books.” – Seth Godin on The Tim Ferriss Show, February 10, 2016