Homer Alaska - Opinion

Story last updated at 4:52 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Inspiring words from '11 stories

Quotable quotes don't have to come from the rich and famous. There's a gold mine of inspiration all around us. We found lots of inspiring words from those who were featured in the pages of this newspaper during 2011. Here are just a few of our favorites:

"There will be some remnants of what we've gone through. The rest of our lives will be a gift."

—Homer resident Diane Petersen after she< and her husband, Brent, survived a fall into Tustumena Lake in January.

"Every accomplishment stems from trying to help our kids. Nothing is accomplished alone. I might have lit a few fires to get things going, but without the parents, teachers and community, not much could have been done ..."

— Chapman School Principal Sharon Trout in speaking about her planned retirement after 38 years in education, 18 of them in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

"Put your jammies on, have three cups of coffee and eat syrup-smothered pancakes with bacon all day long. Don't do your dishes or the laundry and above all don't answer your phone.

"Read a book, knit some booties, play cards and, better yet, snuggle with your partner and/or your kids 'til the sun goes down. Just be. "

—Lisa Asselin's advice in a Point of View column in March proposing a Keep It Simple Sunday and suggesting what it could look like.

"... I wonder how rich we can be if we're siloed in our self-contained units of everything we want. I wonder if it is not true wealth that values people and relationships above things."

— Rev. Mpho Tutu, speaking at the Rotary International District 5010 banquet in June at the Bald Mountain Air hangar

"What they remember, the way they decide where they're going to go when they come back, is 'What is the friendliest community?' It is a gold mine we need to mine."

— Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Monte Davis to the Homer City Council during an August presentation in which he reported tourism was up.

"He was absolutely a good guy — fair, honest, community minded. He cared about the community. That's all you can ask."

—City Manager Walt Wrede about former council member Dennis Novak who was found dead in November.

"It's easier to help somebody than receiving the help."

— Anchor Point resident Shane Campbell who is in need of a new liver.

Here's to a 2012 that's better than anything we can imagine.