“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”

– Voltaire, foundational figure of the French Enlightenment

Had one ne’er seen the miracle / Of May-time from December born, / Who would have dared the tale to tell / That ‘neath ice-ridges slept the corn?

-Minot Judson Savage, American writer (1841-1918)