Selected definitions of interest:
  • a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers
  • target
  • goal, object
  • sign, indication : characteristic



Mark (n.): “trace, impression,” Old English mearc, “boundary, sign, limit, mark,” from Proto-Germanic marko, from Proto-Indo-European merg-edge, boundary, border” (source also of Latin margomargin”).

The primary sense is probably “boundary,” which had involved by Old English through “sign of a boundary,” through “sign in general,” then to “impression or trace forming a sign.” Meaning “any visible trace or impression” first recorded c. 1200. Sense of “line drawn to indicate starting point of a race” (as in on your marks…) first attested 1887. The Middle English sense of “target” (c. 1200) is the notion in marksman and slang sense “victim of a swindle” (1883). The notion is “sign, token” is behind the meaning “numerical award given by a teacher”(1829).



“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousands tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”

Washington Irving (1783-1859, “first American man of letters” and short stories writer, best known for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”)

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“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E., numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time, judged by his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer; known as a prodigious researcher and writer, leaving a great body of work, numbering two-hundred treatises, from which approximately thirty-one survive)

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“Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage.”

Marianne Moore (1887-1972, American poet known for her “linguistic precision, keen and probing descriptions, and acute observations of people, places, animals, and art”)

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“The greater danger for most of us lies in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”

Michelangelo (1475-1564, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance)

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“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, Bertrand Arthur William Russell aka 3rd Earl Russell, British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate in literature in 1950)

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“It was considered the most dangerous route in the Hills, but as my reputation as a rider and quick shot was well known, I was molested very little, for the toll gatherers looked on me as being a good fellow, and they knew that I never missed my mark.”

Calamity Jane (1852-1903, Martha Jane Canary, frontierswoman and professional scout, known for her sharp-shooting, whiskey swilling, cross-dressing ways, and kindness for others)

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“Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.”

Golda Meir (1898-1978, a founder and fourth prime minister (1969-74) of the State of Israel)

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“The greater danger for most of us lies in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”

– Michelangelo


To dream big we must set our sights high and trust that we can acquire the gifts and the heavenly support to manifest our dreams beyond our widest expectations.  Now that’s not always easy, because not only do we have to be visionaries and act boldly, but we have to to see clearly what is right in front of us to lead us to the steps beyond.  Knowing the outcome of our futures, however, before it occurs takes the fun out of exploring the trails that lead to providence.

On Saturdays and Sundays I love driving, especially in the mornings, when there’s very little drivers on the roads.  I drive only for the sake of feeling free and being independent, not to any particular destination except maybe to sit in nature or to meet a friend for brunch.  Essentially, I allow myself to witness a different angle of my life, via the road and the big screen frame of my car’s window, so that I can marvel at the life I co-created over 10 years ago.  My life has and will become more than I dreamed.  That is not say that I don’t have challenges.  I do.  But, even the challenges are the gifts that nourish me with the determination to live prodigiously and to leave my mark, my love mark, wherever and however possible.

Let us, sojourners, dare to be the fearless and bold explorers of time and space we were born to be!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya







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