Quote I Love: Mark Twain on Your Ambitions

Once a week, I post a quote that I’ve read/heard recently. So here’s this week’s Quote I Love …

Saw this great quote on Twitter thanks to author Alan Chin.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain

I think this is an important statement for all to remember. I hate when I see someone established in his/her career belittle the efforts of those just starting out. Or when someone who has never tried something, criticizes those who dare to try. I know critical reviews are important, but sometimes the difference between a critical discussion of someone’s work and a rude attack is a fine line to walk. My thinking is, if you can’t do it with tact and dignity (for both yourself and the other person), than it might be best not to say anything at all.

We are all on different journeys. We all have different ambitions and goals. And we all have a lot to learn. We just have different things to learn. I know I have a lot of room to grow. As a person. As a daughter. As a partner. As a writer. Learning and growing is part of the fun in living. It would be pretty boring if we were all the same.

Best of luck to each and every one of you in your chosen pursuits!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Video I Love: Love of Men – A Gay Montage

Once a week, I post a video I’ve seen recently that I’m loving. So here’s this week’s Video I Love …

Today I have some lovely romance eye candy. It’s a montage of several love stories from TV and the movie Shelter. The boys included are:

Kevin & Scotty from Brothers and Sisters
Luke & Noah from As the World Turns
Zach & Shawn from Shelter
Kyle & Eric from General Hospital: Night Shift
Darren & Todd from Grey’s Anatomy – episode titled “The Becoming”

I must admit, I haven’t watched all of these yet, but this beautiful montage has me putting them on my list.

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Nice, huh? Anyone watch any of these shows? All of them?

I’ve been following the story of Luke and Noah on As the World Turns to show my support of gay stories on US daytime TV. It was recently announced that the show has been canceled. I might have to check out One Life to Live. Anyone watch Oliver and Kyle? Maybe I can catch up on YouTube.

Thanks for taking a look.
Sloan Parker

Stolen Book Returned After 60 Years

Once a week, I post about something I’m loving (tv, movies, books, art, photos, romances, authors, or anything else) that I’ve seen or read about recently. So here is this week’s For the Love of …

I’m loving this article about a library book returned sixty some years after it was taken off a shelf without being checked out. Talk about guilt and undoing past transgressions!

The 707-page biography of Napoleon Bonaparte was “stolen” 1n 1949 from a library in Toledo, Ohio.

Jump to the present. The patron wrote a letter stating, “Carrying guilt for 60 years is a terrible thing,” and mailed the note along with the book from California to Ohio. The patron also said, “I removed this book from your stacks in 1949 and did not check it out. I apologize. It’s an excellent book and in good condition.” — Quoted from: ToledoBlade.com

I think this is kinda cool. Granted, the person returned the book anonymously, but really, it’s a rare person who would return it at all. Most people would have tossed it out years ago. It’s not like late fees were stacking up anywhere. The library didn’t even know who had it. You have to respect someone who tries to fix their mistakes as best as they can. Especially sixty years later.

So what’s the longest you’ve ever had a library book? And did you return it?

Mine was probably over a year. And yes, I returned it. My mom was the librarian, so…no late fees! Yay!

Hope you have a great day!

Sloan Parker
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Quote I love: What Ellen DeGeneres Knows

Once a week, I post a quote that I’ve read/heard recently. So here’s this week’s Quote I Love …

I recently read this comment from Ellen in her list titled: What Ellen DeGeneres Knows for Sure (She Thinks)

“I know for sure I would never change any of the hard times I went through in my life. Because it was in those times that I grew the most and gained the most perspective.

It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No. But they are what make us unique. And that’s what I know for sure…I think.”

Ellen DeGeneres

This really is a hard thing to accept when you’re in the middle of a crisis or painful time in your life, but I know I wouldn’t trade most of those moments if it meant my life wouldn’t be what it is now — if I wouldn’t be who I am now. I love where I am. I love where I’m going. I love the family I’ve built.

That said, there are people I miss, losses I’d do almost anything to change. Logically, I know I can’t undo any of those things, so in a way, I look at them from a distance (now that time has passed), and I accept them. Those moments have made me stronger, have helped me become who I am. I hope they have given me strength to handle any of the painful moments to come. We all have them. They can’t be avoided. I like what Ellen said about how they “give us layers of depth and make us interesting.” I hope that’s true for me.

Here’s hoping all of you have many, many good days ahead. And when you do have a challenging day, that it passes by quickly and you are stronger for it.

Thanks for stopping by,
Sloan Parker

Video I love: Baby and Father in the Crib together!

Once a week, I post a video I’ve seen recently that I’m loving. So here’s this week’s Video I Love …

Nothing about writing or erotic romances this week, but this one was just too good not to share. How cute is this dad? I think my female side is really showing because my uterus may have just skipped a beat.

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So what did you think? Comment or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Sloan Parker
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