Tuesday Badinage: July 19, 2016


By: Gabriela Yareliz

Yesterday, I got to go to the prettiest part of Long Island. It was gorgeous; one of those neighborhoods that makes you want to bake apple pies, wear an apron, and buy matching napkin rings for a long table.


There was a large park with lots of green grass and a gorgeous giant gazebo in the middle with plenty of American flags hanging off of it. Brick sidewalks, and it was so quiet it inspired you to talk in hushed tones.

I loved it. There were a lot of plants, children, and adorable elderly people. Places like that kind of leave you dreaming.

I also wandered a bookstore as a break, during the day. I found some books I adored as a child. Who knew the children’s section at Barnes & Noble could be so nostalgic?

I leave you now with some things that have inspired me in the last couple of days. Unfortunately, I can’t give you, in words, the neighborhood I visited, but I can leave you with the following:

Life is short, yet love is infinite, and bountiful, and ever-present, and closer than the next breath. So do not look for love; do not wait for it; do not expect it on-demand. But know it. Know its presence, the intimacy of it. Feel it whispering in your ear.” Jeff Foster

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But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside of him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 63


God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 216


You never know when a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” Zig Ziglar

As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.” Maya Angelou


Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” Maya Angelou


Even if someone were to prove to me that truth lay outside Christ, I should choose to remain with Christ rather than with the truth.” Fydor Dostoyevsky


“For broken dreams, the cure is, dream again and deeper.”

—   C.S. Lewis // Dymer, Canto 6.24

“I make my body a living prayer whose force would shake the mountains.”

—   C.S. Lewis // Dymer, Canto 3.30

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Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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