: the part of a page that is above, below, or to the side of the printed part
: the place something (such as a piece of land) stops: the edge of something
: an extra amount of something (such as time or space) that can be used if it is needed



Martin (n.): mid-14th century, “edge of a sea or lake;” late 14th century, “space between a block of text and the edge of a page,” from Latin marginemedge, brink, border,” from Proto-Indo-European merg-edge, border, boundary” (related to: mark. General sense of “boundary space; rim or edge of anything” is from late 14th century. Meaning “comfort allowance, cushion” is from 1851; margin of safety first recorded 1888. Stock market sense of “sum deposited with a broker to cover risk of loss” is from 1848.



“The Shat-el-Arab is a noble river or estuary. From both its Persian and Turkish shores, however, mountains have disappeared, and dark forests of date palms intersected by canals fringe its margin heavily, and extend to some distance inland.”

Isabella Bird (1831-1904, nineteenth-century English explorer, writer, photographer and naturalist; co-founded the John Bishop memorial hospital in Srinagar (now the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir), named for her late husband; first woman to be elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.)

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“In this quest to seek and find God in all things, there is still an area of uncertainty. There must be. If a person says that he met God with total certainty and is not touched by a margin of uncertainty, then this is not good.”

Pope Francis (b. Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, elected the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013; ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of the Vatican City; and the first pope from the Americas)

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“All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892, Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland, regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry.)

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“True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer if necessary; dispense with the new pair of gloves; mend the old dress; live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of the income.”

P.T. Barnum (Phineas Taylor Barnum, 1810-1891, successful promoter who founded the circus he coined, “The Greatest Show on Earth” in 1871)

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“The United States is a leader across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Our technological prowess is part of our greatness as a nation. Sadly, among the rich industrialized nations, we also lead by a substantial margin in the rate of poverty among children.”

Margaret Geller (b. 1947, American astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; also received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, “a genius award.”)

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“For mothers who must earn, there is indeed no leisure time problem. The long hours of earning are increased by the hours of domestic labor, until no slightest margin for relaxation or change of thought remains.”

Katharine Anthony (1877-1965, American biographer, best known for “The Lambs,” a controversial study of the British writers Charles and Mary Lamb; portion of her worked also examined the lives of notable American women.)

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“The margin between success and drama is fractional.”

Jacky Ickx (b. Jacques Bernard “Jacky” Ickx in 1945, a Belgian Formula 1 and race car driver, who won the 24 Hours of the Le Mans six times.)

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“It’s extremely hard for athletes to accept what’s happened to them sometimes. It’s hard to be beaten by a small margin, and I’ve spoken with athletes who, for years afterward, have been tormented by the knowledge that, had they done something ever so slightly different, they could have been one-ten-thousandth of a second quicker.”

Chris Cleave (b. 1973, British writer and journalist)

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“In this quest to seek and find God in all things, there is still an area of uncertainty. There must be. If a person says that he met God with total certainty and is not touched by a margin of uncertainty, then this is not good.”

— Pope Francis

The quest to have an intimate relationship with the Great Unknown will instill within us many questioning thoughts.  It has to be the natural course of the human condition to sometimes journey upon the marginal paths of uncertainty.

This is often my experience, although I am forced to look back with some assurance and trust the mysteries that walked so graciously into my life.  When I manage to view such auspicious moments from afar I could see their purpose so clearly.

While in New York City, especially during 911, I had many mystical encounters.  When they occurred I wasn’t at all sure what was going on.  I had a lot of doubt, but I was determined to see them through by trusting my intuition and outcome.

Did I actually see the City’s sky littered with images of bows, arrows, and wings of Angels, beautiful in spiritual color and combat?

When giving up on my assignment to connect to one stranger a day, did not the sun hit my eyes and out of its ray stepped a man smiling who said, “Good morning”? Did this not happen once, but twice?

Did not animals of all species appear when I needed them the most, a majestic hawks, chased by crows; a black Labrador dog, who put his hand under my hand while standing at a traffic light; another German Shepard dog greeted me in true love and compassion on the way to work; a horse who walked very near, staring and assuring of my bright future; or the peacock who walked freely on the grounds of St. John the Divine Cathedral, alone, displaying her feathers to my daughter and me.

Did I not have many mystical conversations with The Great Spirit while walking to and from my children’s school, where I solved effortlessly my logistical problems concerning childcare, and mused upon some the cosmic questions of the Universe?  Did I not have a sacred conversation with Albert Einstein?

The logical mind would say none of this occurred, and these incidents were creations of my vivid imagination.  But, my mystical mind would accept that I tapped into the imaginal realms of the cosmic universe, where all things are possible.

Along the margins of ordinary reality, uncertainty is important, because it checks us to see if we are waking up to our own humanity and to the wonders of our world.

Stay curious, my dear friends.

Miraculously Yours, Tonya





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