Your Inspiration For Thursday 20 April 2017

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We can’t live ethically without caring about ourselves as well as others.

—Winton Higgins

tatterdemalion-adjective

1 : ragged or disreputable in appearance

2 : being in a decayed state or condition : dilapidated

The exact origin of tatterdemalion is uncertain, but it’s probably connected to either the noun tatter (“a torn scrap or shred”) or the adjective tattered (“ragged” or “wearing ragged clothes”). We do know that tatterdemalion has been used in print since the 1600s. In its first documented use, it was a noun referring to a person in ragged clothing—the type of person we might also call a ragamuffin. (Ragamuffin, incidentally, predates tatterdemalion in this sense. Like tatterdemalion, it may have been formed by combining a known word, rag, with a fanciful ending.) Soon after the first appearance of tatterdemalion, it came to be used as an adjective to describe anything or anyone ragged or disreputable.

“ThreadBanger features episodes about making clothes and other D.I.Y. endeavors that will make you wish you could live life all over again and be a tatterdemalion steampunk kid from San Francisco.”
Virginia Hefferman, The New York Times, 21 June 2009

“Layoffs in the refinery, paper mills and brewery that anchored the economy after its shipbuilding and merchant trading days ended have left many striking 19th century buildings of the compact, hilly downtown in a tatterdemalion state but have not torn its welcoming, small-town atmosphere.”
Philip Hersh, The Chicago Tribune, 21 Nov. 2014

There is nobility in the struggle, you don’t have to win.
Sharon Pollock

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If you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
Conan O’Brien

Inspiration for the Day: Today, notice when something is difficult and try not to avoid it.

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xo-heather

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Author: Heather

I love the Lord, my family, photography, praying mantids, horses, writing, animals, the outdoors. I am 33, a Proverbs 31 and Titus 3 homemaker homemaker with a wonderful loving husband and stepson. I am an Indigo Child and an Introvert who has an explored creative side and a mysterious side as well. Through this blog, that and many other things will be explored.

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