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Nancy HaughtHere's to a collection of toasts that will rescue our celebrations.
There are times when even a tried-and-true toast like "Here's mud in your eye" doesn't quite cut it.
For those times - occasions like Mother's Day, Father's Day, family reunions, graduations and weddings - June Cotner has come to the rescue.
"Family Celebrations: Prayers, Poems, and Toasts for Every Occasion" is the fifth anthology the Poulsbo, Wash., editor has pulled together since she published "Graces" in 1994.
After sifting through hundreds of toasts, traditional and original, Cotner concluded that the best ones are short, inclusive and meaningful to as many guests as possible. If it's elegant or eloquent, that's icing on the cake.
One of her favorites is an all-purpose toast she heard from a fellow yoga student. It was one his dad often used: For a thousand days like today.
"It's short and optimistic," Cotner says. "It says that we who are gathered here have had such a great day and we're going to have many, many more of them.
— The Oregonian