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Marguerite Hurrey Wolf

  • Winter in Vermont is like a great white cat, apparently asleep, with only its twitching tail tip warning that tense muscles are flexed under the white fur.

  • It is as pompous for a home gardener to feel that he produced the plants as it would be for an obstetrician to claim he made the baby. Our garden grows in spite of us, in the same way that our children have turned into charming people in spite of the traumatic experience of living with us during their formative years.

  • The next time a guest remarks, 'The thing I don't like about cats is that they always ..,' I am not going to push the cat out of the door and apologize to the friend. I am going to push the friend outside and apologize to the cat.

  • ... I have never seen any evidence to support the theory that cats try to please humans. Their demeanor would suggest that they are judging rather than being judged. Perhaps that is why some people don't care for cats.

  • The only thing dumber than a turkey is a person who thinks it would be fun to raise turkeys. ... Turkeys seem to have only one built-in response to any stimulus, panic.

  • True security is not a commodity to be bought or won in the future. It is a present state of mind, a satisfaction in being who you are, where you are and with whom you are, even if you are alone. Perhaps especially when you are alone.

Marguerite Hurrey Wolf