: to reach out: extend
: to pull taut
: to cause to reach or continue
: (a): to amplify or enlarge beyond natural or proper limits; (b): to expand (as by improvisation) to fulfill a larger function



Stretch (v.): Old English streccanspread out, prostrate; reach, extend,” from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan, perhaps a variant of the root of stark, or else from Proto-Indo-European root strenk-tight, narrow; pull tight, twist” (related to: string (n.)).

Meaning “to extend (the limbs or wings)” is from c. 1200; that of “to lay out for burial” is from early 13th century. To stretch one’s legstake a walk” is from c. 1600. Meaning “to lengthen by force” first recorded late 14th century; figurative sense of “to enlarge beyond proper limits, exaggerate,” is from 1550s. Stretch limo first attested 1973. The phrase Stretch marks is attested from 1960.



“Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.”

Lao Tzu (also known as Laozi or Lao-Tze, thought to have lived during the 6th century BCD, Chinese philosopher crediting with founding the philosophical system of Taois; best known as the author of the Tao-Te-Ching.)

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“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”

Albert Camus (1913-1960, French philosopher, author, and journalist, a representative of non-metropolitan French literature; recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957)

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“There are amazingly wonderful people in all walks of life; some familiar to us and others not. Stretch yourself and really get to know people. People are in many ways one of our greatest treasures.”

Bryant H. Gill (b. 1969, human potential thought leader, bestselling author, activist, and social entrepreneur)

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“It would be terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack.”

Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, spirited actress, who appeared in such film classics as “The African Queen,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and “On Golden Pond.”)

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“I think sometimes parents and teachers fail to stretch kids. My mother had a very good sense of how to stretch me just slightly outside my comfort zone.”

Temple Grandin (b. 1947, professor of animal science at Colorado State University; noted autistic, who is an author, speaker, cited expert in many publications, and video producer)

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“Relativity challenges your basic intuitions that you’ve built up from everyday experience. It says your experience of time is not what you think it is, that time is malleable. Your experience of space is not what you think it is; it can stretch and shrink.”

Brian Randolph Greene (b. 1963, theoretical physicist, superstring theorist and author; professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University)

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“In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential… it’s no different in the financial realm.”

Suze Orman (b. 1951, author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host)

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“I think sometimes parents and teachers fail to stretch kids. My mother had a very good sense of how to stretch me just slightly outside my comfort zone.”

— Temple Grandin

I also had a great mother, one who stretched my sisters, brother, and me to do and to be more.  My mother did so for herself on many the platform, through art, religion, family, and music.

When my mother was not designing, sewing, and creating beauty for herself, for my father, and for all of her children, she had the strength and courage to study opera.   This was back in a time when there weren’t too many African American opera singers (not that there are so many now).  The two most famous were Marian Anderson and Leotyne Price.

The arts, music, and culture in New York City, especially during the 1960s and 1970s, were abundant and accessible.

We studied at Harlem School of Arts.   Mommy had the most amazing voice teacher, Mrs. Curry, who loved my mother and us, unconditionally.  She was an elegant older woman in her sixties, middle-class white from Princeton, who encouraged my mother’s dream to be a professional opera singer.

Mrs. Curry would wait while my mother raced up and down the stairs to us to get us dressed, and to shepherd us from ballet class to piano and violin lessons.

Talk about stretching one abilities.  Our mother also took us to concerts, operas, traveled with us so that we could play our violins in concerts with other children.  We also went with her when she sang in concertos in churches and everywhere that would accept her.

It was amazing for me as her daughter to see her this way, beautiful, happy and fulfilled, something I continue to reach for today in my own life.

Our mother gave all of her children not only the inspiration, but she laid the foundations in our DNA to stretch, renew and rewire our minds, especially when we are ready to do.

My mother’s time on this planet was short in linear time, but what an amazing space of quantum time that was!

Stretch up and beyond with imagination, my fellow sojourners!  The possibilities are endless!

Much Love, Tonya





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