Elusive Happiness

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. -Charles Spurgeon . Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. -Helen Keller . Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. -Eleanor Roosevelt  . Happiness…… Continue reading Elusive Happiness

Leonardo Di Vinci Speaks

  Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see. In time and with water, everything changes. The noblest pleasure is the joy of…… Continue reading Leonardo Di Vinci Speaks

Laughing at Myself

Quotes to make you laugh and keep life in perspective When I feel  at my wit’s end. This one makes me laugh and cuts through my stress. One in four people is mentally unbalanced. Think of three friends.  If they seem fine,                           …… Continue reading Laughing at Myself

Failure Quotes With a Grin

I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. – Benjamin Franklin Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. – Unknown Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote ; . . . With men this is impossible, but with God all things…… Continue reading Failure Quotes With a Grin

Walt Disney on Children

The American child is a highly intelligent human being characteristically sensitive, humorous, open-minded, eager to learn, and has a strong sense of excitement, energy, and healthy curiosity about the world in which he lives. Lucky indeed is the grown-up who manages to carry these same characteristics into adult life. It usually makes for a happy…… Continue reading Walt Disney on Children

“Conceit Spoils the Finest Genius.”

Pithy wisdom from Louisa May Alcott in Little Women “I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.”  “I like good strong words that mean something…”  “Conceit spoils the finest genius.”  “I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.” “Love is a great beautifier.” “Because… Continue reading “Conceit Spoils the Finest Genius.”

Gratitude for Spring Flowers

It is cool outside today in Ontario, Canada (16 C) but the sun is shining. Although we are 3 to 4 weeks behind this year for gardening, I will not complain today because the trees are starting to leaf out and my spring flowers are starting to bloom. Enjoy the colour with me and let’s…… Continue reading Gratitude for Spring Flowers

The Mundane Is Profound

  C. S. Lewis is one of the most quoted authors on Twitter.  As a mother, I especially appreciate his brilliant quotes that remind us how crucial our mundane, day-to-day lives are. I had wanted to become something heroic like a missionary. I was disappointed when I ended up married. 35 years and 9 kids…… Continue reading The Mundane Is Profound

Humourous Wednesday Quotables

A joke is a very serious thing. Winston Churchill Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not, and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs. Christopher Morley When humor goes, there goes civilization. Erma Bombeck Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and… Continue reading Humourous Wednesday Quotables

Bibliophiles Unite

 THERE IS NOTHING LIKE HOLDING A REAL, PHYSICAL BOOK. I love the smell and feel of real books. I must admit, although I thought I would never use the e reader my kids bought me, when I realized that I could cart hundreds of books around with me that weighed only ounces, I  was hooked.…… Continue reading Bibliophiles Unite

International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day on March 8th,  I collected quotes and images to celebrate the vibrant life of women, of women fully alive. I am linking with Kim Klassen at Friday Finds If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.  Margaret Fuller Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I…… Continue reading International Women’s Day

Wednesday Quotables: Laughter

. .       . I am linking up with Karen at Book Marks By Karen Mesa .Every Wednesday she posts Wednesday Quotables. Come link up with us . Humour Helps every situation. Come laugh away the winter blues and stress and strain of living. “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”  Charles Dickens. “If you… Continue reading Wednesday Quotables: Laughter

“Kids Are Always Watching You”

"Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?” -Jane Nelson "I may not be able to give my kids everything they… Continue reading “Kids Are Always Watching You”

Charles Dickens Delights in The Heart of a Child

In a “A Christmas Carol”, Charles Dickens delights us as his main character,crusty Mr. Scrooge,  is transformed from a miserable, miserly curmudgeon to a joyful, generous man with the heart of a child “Bah,” said Scrooge, “Humbug.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty…… Continue reading Charles Dickens Delights in The Heart of a Child

Friendship Friday: My Favorite Things = C.S. Lewis

C.S Lewis is one of the most  quoted authors on Twitter. I have collected ten Brilliantquotes from C.S. Lewis that remind me how crucial our mundane, day-to-day lives are I had wanted to become something heroic like a missionary. I was disappointed when i ended up married. 35 years and 9 kids later, I am…… Continue reading Friendship Friday: My Favorite Things = C.S. Lewis

Famous Quotes About Children

  The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Albert Einstein  Anonymous  “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” Barbara Bush, former U.S. first lady” You have to love your children unselfishly.”   English proverb The soul…… Continue reading Famous Quotes About Children