When two things coalesce

Two things came together today.

First there’s Colleen Chesebro at Silver Threading and her Writer’s Quote Wednesday Prompt. I’ve been reading these for a while and there are some quotes that make me smile and some to which I nod my head in agreement.

What is it about quotes? The encapsulation of a nugget in a few well chosen words; something we wish we’d said or written? Some people don’t like them, see them as overblown, a bit like their own cliché. I’ve always enjoyed them though not as many stick as I would like.

Second there was a brief telephone lesson in how to add text to a picture, courtesy of Ms Sacha Black over a Writespiration. Sacha always starts her posts with these fab pictures onto which she’s overlayed some pithy text. Her parting words to me were along the lines of ‘if I can waste spend my time teaching you, the least you can do is give it a try’.



Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was “Solitude”, which contains the lines, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone”.

As with so many good things his originated from my father, not the world’s most committed optimist. Unlike my mother, who couldn’t be stand the energy drain of dealing with moaners and miserablists.

I’m of Mum’s school and while the quote seems harsh on one level I’ve always enjoyed it as meaning that if you are happy that will in turn make others happy. You can only change the world one laugh at a time.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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23 Responses to When two things coalesce

  1. Sacha Black says:

    oh bravo Geoffle 🙂 ❤

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  2. Ritu says:

    Well done Geoff! So you gonna spread your new found knowledge?!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I’m more the “trying-to-be-committed optimist”. And I’m not picky about where they put me. I need a break. So I just know your next post will be about how to do this lovely trick. I’ve done it a few times with different programs (and liked how they came out) but never used Photoshop or anything grand like that. Share! *waves hands wildly in attempt to bewitch you into telling all*

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  4. Oooh. look at you showing off!! Well done Geoff. Fantastic quote and beautiful picture 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Charli Mills says:

    Nicely done! I’m with your Mom — avoid miserabilists and change the world one belly laugh at a time!

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    I am with your Mum too! Nice quote and photo! Remember Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light! Groucho Marx


  7. I love your quote and the photo made me smile! Welcome and thanks so much for jumping into all the fun with quotes. I am still smiling so your Mom was right! ❤

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  8. Pingback: Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up from 9/16/15 | Silver Threading

  9. Keep on laughing Geoff, sounds like the way to go. 🙂

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