Quotes: Angelou, Round Two

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story. From Maya Angelou I think this is why, when I finally decided to let the story take form on paper, it flowed out faster than I could type it. Kari

Quotes: Washington Irving

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. From Washington Irving In the time I spent in recovery and in specialized treatment for PTSD, I…

Quotes: Toni Morrison

If there’s a book you wanted to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison In the twenty years between the crash and the publication of my book, I studied school transportation. I made it a part of my job to research crashes and compare and contrast them to…

Quotes: John Hobbes

There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts: before this and after this… From John Hobbes Kari

Quotes: George Eliot

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope. George Eliot Those first moments of awareness were profoundly horrifying. The weight of the…

Quotes: Steven Aichinson

People change for two main reasons: either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken. From Steven Aichinson My heart was definitely broken. So were many others’. But in the aftermath, my mind was opened, too. The crash, for many of us, was a paradigm shifter.

Quotes: Maya Angelou

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. From Maya Angelou We had so many facts related to our bus crash. Fact after fact filled page after page and document after document. We were swimming in facts. Facts are dry and measurable. Facts are limited in scope – they…

Quotes: Calvin Coolidge

Knowledge comes first, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heart of experience and maturity. From Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge opened this…

Quotes: Sylvia Plath

I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady…