by Jay O'Toole
We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.
One fails forward toward success."
C. S. Lewis
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis
“I have come home at last!
This is my real country!
I belong here.
This is the land
I have been looking for all my life,
though I never knew it till now...
Come further up, come further in!”
― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
His life was lived but 50 years,
an artist of the stage.
The often claps, and myriad cheers
brought hope at turning page.
Behind the scenes great work he did,
unseen throughout the play,
but in the classroom, never hid,
he lived the things he'd say.
The cancer took him in his youth.
It's time to celebrate
the life he lived as lasting proof,
his skills were worth their weight.
Now, Kelly's gone, but the gifts he shared
will always help us know,
that theater's a life prepared,
and acting helps us grow.
by Jay O’Toole
on June 5th, 2023