It Doesn’t Pay to Get Discouraged

Lucille Ball

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
― Lucille Ball

“Friendship is …

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'”

― C.S. Lewis

London Blog: “London is the place for me…”

“London is the place for me,

London that lovely city.

You can go to France or America,

India, Asia or Africa,

But you must come back to London city…”

– Lord Kitchener, calypsonian, 1948

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London Blog: “So Long, Farewell, Aufedersein, Goodbye!”

We woke up at 6 a.m., had our last breakfast in Stratford, then lugged our heavy suitcases downstairs to load up the bus. As we drove away from Stratford we passed mile after mile of frost covered countryside in the morning light. The entire landscape was a gradient of gray – from the pale gray sky to the dark gray silhouettes of the bare trees. Even the frost on the ground was a shimmering gray. It was beautiful and I did not want to say goodbye, but before I knew it we were at the Heathrow airport, ready to catch our plane. London and Stratford will always have a place in my heart and I know it won’t be long before I return to them. Maybe someday I’ll even move to the U.K., but for now I’m on my way back to New Jersey for my final semester at The College of New Jersey. I’ve been on an incredible journey these past two weeks and I’m sure it will take some time for me to fully realize all that I’ve seen and experienced, but right now all I feel is overwhelming happiness. I’ve met some incredible people and made some wonderful new friends and I am anxiously awaiting my next journey abroad. I hope that this is only the first of my travels and perhaps someday I will become a world traveler. So, until next time, “So Long, Farewell, Aufedersein, Goodbye!”

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London Blog: “In London you live; in the country you breathe…”





“In London you live; in the country you breathe…”

– Eliza Lynn Linton, writer, 1893

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London Blog: “No story lives unless someone wants to listen.”

“No story lives unless someone wants to listen.”

– J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter's Hogwarts letter

Harry Potter’s Hogwarts letter

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London Blog: “Excellent!” I cried. “Elementary,” said he.

“My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know.”

– Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

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London Blog: “All children, except one, grow up.”

“All children, except one, grow up.”

– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan 

Peter Pan Statue, Kensington Garden

Peter Pan Statue, Kensington Gardens

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London Blog: “All the world’s a stage…”

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…”

– William Shakespeare, As You Like It

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London Blog: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

The Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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