Updated: Nov 13

”I am smiling!”

Message from the Tree: Without carbon I die. Without me, you die. You do the math.

The heart leaps when we add; the soul morns subtraction.

God gave us creativity so we could give it right back to him.

“Dates don’t matter ’till they happen.”

“Sometimes you have to lose to win.”

Without the Yin can there be a Yang?

“Wisdom be not fleeting, but grasp me in thy clutches and set me free, for I am mankind in need!”

“Many songs begin as a poem, and vice versa. So sing to me my dear poet.”

“Without feedback from his readers, the writer stumbles.” Frost

”I know not always from whence words flow.”

”Thinking is writing and vice versa.”

”Journaling is therapeutic. Write every day.”

”To know but one side of an issue is to deceive one’s self.“ Socrates

”Know both sides of the coin before you flip it.”

“Without friends there is just the void.”

“Rich is family and friends.” PG

🎶I get all the news I need on the weather report🎶

”Just what is on the other side of the universe?”

”How deep is the ocean; how high the sky?”

“Seeing is believing, Thomas.”

“When reason fails, look for another reason!”

“Poetry is in the soul of the beholder.”

”Generosity is the glue of mankind.”

”The taste cannot be disputed.” (Brother Joseph)

”Anything, many things amaze me.”

“Suck - Squeeze - Bang - Blow!” = How a jet engine works.

“Things would be so different if they were not as they are.” Mickey Sharp

”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

“Welcome the gleaners, for they are God’s chosen.”

”You have every right to get what you want without harming anyone” - The psychological golden rule

“When all is lost, there is nothing.”

🎶I’ll tend to the fire; you see to the ashes🎶

”The main thing is to maintain.” (Eddie Wotier)

“The Journey to friendship is short and sweet”

”As a parent you have to be present to win.”

”You can’t Google intelligence.”

”What is your Common Sense IQ?”

”What is your emotional IQ?”

”What is your spiritual IQ?”

”Is political correctness correct?”

“Assimilation belies diversity.”

”Humor keeps you young.”

”Nothing ain’t worth nothing, but it’s free.” (Bobby McGee)

”Do something for someone every day.”

“There are things in my life I never could have imagined.”

”It’s OK to be prejudice, just don’t act on it.” (Jake Foglio)

“We adore Thee oh Christ and we praise Thee, because by the holy cross Thy hast Redeemed the world.” https://www.tenbrunsel.com/post/the-redeemer-the-mask

”The sufficiency of the day is the evil thereof.” (JU)

”Hell is the absence of logic.” Dr. E. Michael Jones

”Can there be injustice if there’s no truth?” MLK‘s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,“ 1963

“And unjust law is no law at all.” Saint Augustine

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Declaration on Independence, 1776

”And don’t you forget it!” Frank Mariano yelled out the driver’s window in Manhattan.

”I have a dream ...” Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington Mall, August 28, 1963

Whoever has the Archbishop’s ring must return it too his great, great, great nephew Fr. Chris, along with the chalice, “For it is truly just and fitting,” sayest the Lord!

“I lay my garden down to sleep. I pray that Winter whilst it keep.” the Casual Gardening October prayer.

”You don’t age in a trout stream.”

”It takes a set to play tennis.”

”The Customer is always right.”

“I don’t know what I don’t know.”

”Graduations and weddings are for mothers.”

”If you’re gonna fix something, first know what the problem is.”

”You can try to rewrite history, but you can’t rewrite the facts!”

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” Tom Paine

“I’ve not yet begun to fight!” JP Jones

“Aim small miss small.”

“I pray for the end of black racism and white racism every day”

Perhaps we are just now “in the end of the beginning” as Churchill so eloquently put it.

”Tom, your genius is your error.” John Roark, Editor of Frontier Press.

”Those that can, do; Those that can’t, critique.”

”Take a calm deep breathe often.”

”Phone Home!” (ET)

”Visualize success!”

”Why does a mirror reverse left and right but not up and down?”

”Stay two seconds behind the car in front of you.”

“Do all you’re braking before you leave the pavement😮

”Don’t play with knives. All guns are loaded!”

“Pray for a miracle.”

”The pain then is part of the happiness now.” (Shadowlands)

”Freedom!” (Amistad)

”Games are won in practice.” (Yogi)

”Winning is everything!” (Lombardy)

”Make my day!” (Dirty Harry)

”You can’t handle the truth!” (A Few Good Men)

”It’s about honor.”

”You can do it that way, but I’ll mark it wrong!” (Sr. Mary John)

”We were once here.” (Last of the Mohicans)

”There will be times like this momma said.”

”What is an RC and a moon pie?”

”It ain’t my dog.”

“You can’t always git what you waunt.” (Mick)

”Hey, Jude, don’t be afraid.” (Beatles)

”They’d a made Whitefish Bay if they’d a put fifteen more miles behind ‘em.”

”Shelter from the Storm.” (Dylan)

“Subtlety is the spice of life”

“I am amazed at what I don’t know.”

“For what is something, if there is nothing?”

”Don’t let the old man in.” (Clint)

The Navy Seals say, “The only easy day was yesterday.” The Marines, “Booyah!” Black Ops (and THE Bears,) mantra is, “Another One Bites the Dust!”

John Paul Jones in 2021 says, “ I have not yet begun to fight!”

“I hope we make it.”

”Take the Road Least Traveled.”

”Say ‘I love you’ every day.”

”Say ‘Thank You’.”

Call a friend.

”A deal is not a deal until it happens twice.” (Jack)

Out of the blue at dinner Will asked, “Papa, are you tired of living yet?”

“Sometimes I want to call seconds ‘time pennies’,” (Tommy)

“Pink on it.”

”Play Ball!”

”There I am, Pimmy.”

“While our spirit will remain for a few generations, our memories we take with us.”

“If you plant it; it will grow.”

“Will you remember me in a year?

Will you remember me in a month?

Will you remember me in a week?

Will you remember me in a day?

Will you remember me in a an hour?

Will you remember me in a second?

Knock! Knock!”


”There will be a time in your life when the wisdom of youth overtakes you.”

“Be Smart”

“Be Safe”

“Be Alert”

“Check Six!”







”Be Proud”

”Be Patriotic”

“Go to Church”

”Have family dinner”

”God Bless America!”




”Kick ass!”

tom tenbrunsel

Poet Laureate of the Last Resort

Author’s Note: These quotes are a collection of life lessons. if you just read them, you missed the point. Their meaning goes deep. To read is to skim, to skimp. Reading is easy. Understanding their meaning is profound. Read, study and learn. Go back again and pick a few and dwell on them until they reveal themselves to you. Enjoy the “Ah Ha!” moment they afford. Take their gift off the page and carry it in your heart.

Let’s hear it! What’s your favorite saying that I’ve never heard before? Come on. Give it a try. Sign in and leave a comment below. 😎 If not now, when? For we shall pass this way but once.

tom tenbrunsel

Author, writer, poet, papa

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