Homer Christensen

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This site showcases instructional design, technical writing, content creation, and design.  R. N. Homer Christensen, is an award-winning writer and instructional designer, specializing in content that informs, whether that be structured or informal learning, online help or documentation, live or recorded.

A Thought for Today

I subscribe to Anu Garg's A.Word.A.Day list. There's something very satisfying about receiving the gift of a new word each day.  The post gives the meaning, etymology, and usage of the word, which is usually part of a unified grouping each week.  This week, for instance, the words are all borrowed from Spanish. Today's is arroyo.

I have to confess, however, that my favorite part is the thought for the day which concludes each post. The thoughts are quotes from those famous or little-known, but they almost always touch me. I find I spend the most time in contemplation not considering how I might use the word of the day in normal conversation or my writing, but rather feeling the meaning of the quote.

Todays is this:

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
— Lillian Hellman, playwright (1905-1984)

I find that I often save these quote snippets and review them occasionally.  Some, like the one above, deal with social justice or just being a good citizen of the earth. Others, like these, are more centered around art and craft:

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
— Lin Yutang, writer and translator (1895-1976)
If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
— William Morris (1834 – 1896) English craftsman and poet

One of my favorite books is Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book. I own a couple of copies; an abused hardback printed in 1923 by the Roycrofters, and another (also printed by the Roycrofters) hand bound with ribbon. Hubbard, the founder of the Roycrofters, collected his favorite quotes. What makes this book different than most collections, however, is the length of the quotes (some go on for pages) and the breadth of the selections and authors.

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