1 (a): to hold dear: feel or show affection for; (b): to keep or cultivate with care and affection: Nurture
2: to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely



Cherish (v.): early 14th century, cherischen, from Old French cheriss-, present participle stem of chierirto hold dear” from chierdear,” from Latin carusdear, costly, beloved” (related to: whore). The Latin word also is the source of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese caro; Old Provencal, Catalan car.




“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”

John Adams (1735-1826, a remarkable political philosopher, who served as the second President of the United States from 1797 to 1801, after serving as the first Vice President under President George Washington)

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“No generous mind delights to oppress the weak, but rather to cherish and protect.”

Anne Bronte (1820-1849, English novelist, poet, youngest sister of Emily and Charlotte Bronte, who penned the classic 19th century novels, “Agnes Grey” and “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall”)

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Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”

Eve Ensler (b. 1953, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist; best known for her play, “The Vagina Monologues”)

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“There is no such thing as disappointment for those who continue to cherish the selfishness of which is born the noblest inner self. There is no such thing as failure for those who invest in the potentialities of the ideal of the Soul.”

Ameen Rihani (b. 1876, Lebanese-American author and thinker, father of Arab-American literature)

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“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, poet, writer, abolitionist, and an important contributor to the American philosophical movement known as New England Transcendentalism)

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“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust t hose who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885, commanding general who led the Union Armies to victory over the Confederacy in the Civil War; and elected the 18th President of the U.S. from 1869-1877, who worked to implement the Congressional Reconstruction and to remove the vestiges of slavery)

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“It’s not vanity to feel you have a right to be beautiful. Women are taught to feel we’re no good enough, that we must live up to someone else’s standards. But my aim is to cherish myself as I am.”

Elle Macpherson (b. Eleanor Nancy Gow in 1964, Australian model, businesswoman, television host, and actress)

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“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”

John Adams


A teacher recently asked a class I attended to reflect on what thing and possession we cherished.  The question wasn’t about what people in our lives we cherished, but about the one thing we treasured the most.

My friend, Pam, and I started processing the question.  She had to think a little about her answer.  But, I said that my prized possession was my sanctuary, my home.  However, ten years ago I had given up my previous home, one I got married, raised my children, and got a divorce in, for a promise of a new beginning and a new life.

Pam then asked me, “What did you take with you when you moved? I told her, “Not much. I wanted a fresh start, so I only took my clothes and my most beloved books.”

Since the technology as changed a lot since then, although I still love the tangible feeling of the pages in books, I am now slowly venturing out to download electric books.  I remain in awe of our ability to access and download information quickly.

Over the weekend, I was going to the mall with a dear friend and we were talking about our love for music, and Carole mentioned how much she loved Johnny Mathis and Carly Simon.  In the matter of minutes we were able find through my phone classic songs from both artists, which brought us both a great deal of delight.  Just marvel how quickly were able to create this technology.

This acknowledgment allowed me to distill my original answer to the question further. The one thing I do cherish is learning new things, and as John Adams, so wisely wrote, the “means of knowledge.” It’s not knowledge itself, but the wealth of meaning in the adventures via the discoveries.

What one thing do you cherish the most, sojourners?

Faithfully Yours, Tonya






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