Based in south Louisiana, Release & Gather is a blog by Holly Rabalais.  Her posts explore people, community, and matters of the heart.  Everyone has a unique journey.  Welcome to a window into hers.

Some Favorite Quotes

I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.

Anne Lamott in Traveling Mercies


The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone. 

Oswald Chambers


This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw


I always seek the good that is in people and leave the bad to Him who made mankind and knows how to round off the corners.

How many joys are crushed underfoot because people look up at the sky and disregard what is at their feet?

Katharina Elisabeth Goethe in letters to her son, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

John the Evangelist in 1 John 3:18


And then there is the love for the enemy--love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured's love for the torturer. This is God's love. It conquers the world.

Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat


The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.

Charles Kuralt

President, I Disagree