Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Christmas


A bit odd to post a Christmas poem in May? Maybe, maybe not. My quote of the day on the site and quote of the moment on Twitter today were both Memorial Day related so thought perhaps I could get away with another holiday on my blog.

I was thinking about my grandpa this morning, who served in World War II. He didn't die in the war, lived happily until 57 years later, but I was thinking about him nonetheless, as I do many days. There's a poem he wrote when I was a little girl, and I posted an excerpt from it on my site a few years ago with my grandma's blessings. Those four lines have since been copied all over the internet. Today I thought I would post the poem in its entirety, for everyone to enjoy.

Let Every Day Be Christmas
by Norman Wesley Brooks

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.

Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord's plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!

December 17, 1976

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sorry, body


My sweet tooth seems out of control today. Polished off a pint of fudge swirl frozen yogurt before I realized what happened. Now I remember why I like to dish up a serving then put it back. Because eating right out of the carton makes four servings feel like one - makes 92 grams of sugars feel normal.

Okay, stop! Have some protein. A cup of green tea. Hug. Go outside. Soak in some sunlight. Listen to the birds. Watch the bees. Feel the breeze. See how it loves the trees. Breathe in nature, and breathe nature in. Thankful for nature. Reverence and respect to nature. Thankful to my body. Reverence and respect for my body.

Ahhh, starting to feel better now. Being in a natural setting helps me remember that my body is part of nature, that I am nature. Maybe I'll listen to some favorite music and meditate on these quotes until I get out of this self-induced sugar stupor.

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." ~Jim Rohn

"Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners." ~William Shakespeare

"The body too has its rights; and it will have them: they cannot be trampled on without peril. The body ought to be the soul's best friend. Many good men however have neglected to make it such: so it has become a fiend and has plagued them." ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

"Fresh air impoverishes the doctor." ~Danish Proverb

"I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr Sun more." ~Henry Ward Beecher

"When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no 'I'll start tomorrow.' Tomorrow is disease." ~Terri Guillemets

Friday, May 15, 2009

Just living is not enough



Okay, not literally “a little flower,” the photo just happened to work out that way. Took this pic in my parents' front yard. Technically, these are weeds but when they bloom they sure are pretty.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Please quote responsibly


I hate to throw the first proverbial stone as surely I'm guilty myself, but I've got to take a stand. The Web has made it commonplace for ideas and words to multiply like cyber-bunnies. Yes, that is wonderful but also has its downsides. With those countless ideas and words passing through our e-world - like a global version of the sentence relay game - it can become quite difficult to accurately trace origins (difficult albeit sometimes a fun challenge with lots of serendipitous learning along the way).

I've noticed that quotations have soared in popularity the past few years, for many reasons but mostly because online quote collections are a virtual convenience store of wisdom - run in, grab a few quotes you need, and you're on your way! Having been on Twitter a couple months now, I've seen so many quotes tweeted without an attribution or even quotation marks, as if the tweeter had just thought up that aphoristic gem.

Please don't commit a 140ism ("miscommunication in 140 characters or fewer," thanks @brianglanz) by rephrasing a quote, leaving off an attribution, or using it in a misleading way. If it doesn't fit, either don't use it or else link to the proper remainder of it, and if you don't know its origin, then indicate the author is unknown.

This goes for all quoting, not just Twitter and email and websites but every time you use a quotation. It shows gratitude to the author, it shows you have integrity, and it helps the author by making readers want to find out more so they can read more, and that kind of curiosity is a good thing - quoter's curiosity, as I call it, is a disease whose only cure is more reading.

There are many reasons to attribute and to quote with respect, the main being it's just the right thing to do even if it's not always convenient. Please keep this in mind next time you use a quote for anything, even if it's just a baby shower invitation, because with the speedy spread of all things these days you never know the journey that quote will take.

"I am fully conscious of the fact, that aphorisms are like wandering Gypsies. They must always be published without guarantee of the authenticity." ~Erkki Melartin

"What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient." ~Bodie Thoene

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I love you, Mama


“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother.” ~George Washington

My mom, too, is the most beautiful woman I know, in every way.

She has a contagious smile and an optimism and joyful attitude that draws everyone to her like a happy magnet. She is young at heart and has a heart of gold.

She makes the best toast on earth, and even when I try to make it her way it never turns out as good. I know it's because the secret ingredient is love (and a little too much jam).

She's so strong, never calls in sick to work, and never gets sick because she wills herself to be healthy; after all, who has time to be sick?!

She never puts herself first, wanting to help everyone else, but in my heart she is always first. I hope it doesn't sound conceited to say that I am one of the things I love best about my mom, because I am part of her and she did a wonderful job raising my brothers and me. I really like the people we've become, and there is nothing more responsible for that than her and my dad bringing us up to be the best we can be.

She's a friend and a role model and a trusted source of advice. Her laughter seems to embrace everyone in the room, and there's nothing more cute or giddy than when a little snort laughs out with it. She's silly and loving, and open-minded but holds her ground.

I can find many exceptional quotes on oodles of subjects but when I look for quotes on moms there just aren't a lot of great ones. I find that odd because everyone from the dawn of time has had a mother, including so many millions of authors. Maybe because it's so difficult to put the essence of mother into words — yet another tribute to moms everywhere, that it's nearly impossible to condense your love for her into a sentence or two, maybe not even into an entire book.

But, what I have found I can do, is compress my love for her into a hug. I will be hugging my mom today — and you hug yours too, or if you can't hug her physically then hug her in spirit and find someone else's mom and give her a big hug!

"There's nothing like a mama-hug." ~Terri Guillemets

"My mother is a poem I'll never be able to write,
though everything I write is a poem to my mother." ~S. Doubiago


Saturday, May 2, 2009

crayons!


I was on Skipper Kim's twitter page @iSkip and an icon caught my eye of someone she's following. I clicked and ended up at @crayonsman, a guy who tweets only about crayons, it's awesome! He inspired me to pull together all my quotes on crayons and coloring, some of which were still waiting to find a home on the site, and create a page all their own. I still color to this very day and I'm 35 years old! The new page is quotegarden.com/crayons.html. Check it out and rediscover your inner child. “If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.” ~Robert Fulghum

Friday, May 1, 2009

Laugh out loud


And this is why Robert Brault is one of my favorite authors... “Stored away in some brain cell is the image of a long-departed aunt you haven’t thought of in 30 years. Stored away in another cell is the image of a pink pony stitched on your first set of baby pajamas. All it takes to get that aunt mounted on the back of that pony is to eat a hunk of meatloaf immediately before going to bed.” Came home from work today, found that posted on his blog, and had a much needed laugh-out-loud moment! You can find more of Mr Brault’s wit and wisdom at http://rbrault.blogspot.com.