:  to have or take a turn, change, or deviation from a straight line or plane surface without sharp breaks or angularity



Curve (v.): early 15th century (implied in curved), from Latin curvus “crooked, curved, bent,” and curvare “to bend,” both from Proto-Indo-European root (s)ker- “to turn, bend” (related to: ring).



“Beauty: it curves, curves are beauty. Shapely goddesses, Venus, Juno: curves the world admires.” 

James Joyce (1882-1941, one of the most influential and innovative writers of the 20th century, author of the short story collection "Dubliners," and the novels "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," "Ulysses," and "Finnegans Wake")

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"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." 

Phyllis Diller (1917-2012, first noticed as a contestant on Groucho Marx's game show in 1955, went on to become a successful comedian, actress and author)

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“Those who think only in straight lines cannot see around a curve.” 

Romina Russell (b. 1984, Los Angeles-based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, best known for writing the "Zodiac" series)

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“How beautiful would it be if we could just see souls instead of bodies? To see love and compassion instead of curves.” 

Karen Quan (writer and author, best known for "Write like no one is reading 2")

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“There is something particularly special and personal about the circle and how its curves comfortably rule every aspect of our lives.” 

Kat Lahr (founder of Thought Collection Publishing, Adjunct Professor, Researcher, Entrepreneur, Mom, and Wife, best known for writing "Parallelism Of Cyclicality")

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“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” — Phyllis Diller


My spiritual assignment while living in New York City after 911 was to connect to one stranger in a meaningful way.  At first, I didn’t know how I was going to manage it all.  It was definitely challenging at first, mainly because I didn’t know I was going to be received.

But, once I focused on the mission it became easier to look in someone’s eyes, to smile, or to say “Good Morning.”

Smiling is throwing a person a curve ball, especially to a stranger and to the “other” with unconditionally love and compassion. Most people don’t know what to do with a “random act of kindness,” especially when a smile is given freely.

Over the years, however, I am finding that we are beginning to respond more positively to each other, and not only with smiles back, but we are beginning to say hi and ask “How are you doing?”

Continue to throw curve balls, sojourners, with your authentic happiness and smiles. 🙂

Lovingly Yours, Tonya



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