Sunday Inspiration: Go for broke

go for broke

Salman Rushdie

“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.” ― Salman Rushdie

As you may know by now, renowned author Salman Rushdie was attacked and seriously injured at our beloved Chautauqua Institution. I want to honor his creativity and courage by sharing his words with all of you. I pray for his recovery and the triumph of love over hate and truth over censorship.



  1. Joan Garland on August 14, 2022 at 7:58 am

    I saw this on our local news here in Georgia. I’m shocked that he would be the target of violence. I thought about you also, knowing you spend your summers there. Prayers going out to him for a speedy recovery and to all of you, hoping the attacker if found.

  2. Terry Guerra on August 14, 2022 at 8:22 am

    I, too, saw news reports yesterday and today, here in Ohio. Shocking and sad. Prayers for his recovery and prayers for justice.

  3. Iris November on August 14, 2022 at 8:57 am

    As a fellow Chautauquan with you and Mike, I felt the loss of innocence we shared at this horrifying moment. Not in Chautauqua! We celebrate learning, friendship, curiosity, peace and caring here. And we will again— in time. Hugs!!!

  4. DELORES on August 14, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Senseless violence! Prayers for his recovery!

  5. Joan Leopold on August 14, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for sharing that. Such a sad thing for him and all of Chautauqua and those who love it there.

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