Lifelines This is a book of epigrammatic and short inspirational pieces to help readers see truths that they can apply to their lives immediately, perhaps giving them insights to deal with crises in family or work places, or perhaps to encourage them to be more compassionate Christians to anyone they encounter in their lives. These words come from a lifetime of collecting words and sayings from a myriad of people that have encouraged and inspired. So often books of quotes contain items that have been included simply because they were a clever turn of phrase. In Lifelines, however, each entry had to be uplifting as well as insightful to pass muster. They are meant to be slowly sipped and pondered, as if with a cup of herb tea. Walter Newport is a retired professor of language and culture who has spent nearly thirty years in four widely diverse areas of the world - in the USA, Cuba, Spain, and Japan. Dr. Newport was the first non-Japanese professor ever hired by Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan, after having been a founding member of an international center in Toyama Prefecture. He has also been an active Christian in parts of the world in which Christians are a minority, supporting an orphanage in the Philippines, and has helped refugees from the recent Ethiopian-Eritrean war in Africa. He enjoys opera and classical music, theology, mountain hiking, and weight lifting, belongs to the International Society of Poets, and has received numerous awards for his poetry. He now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.