One Must Have Pie

 

Quotes and Notes #203, May 31, 2015

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”—David Mamet, “Boston Marriage”—

We must have a periodic pie to reward ourselves for being good boys and girls. Squash casserole is also a good stress reliever except that it’s good for you—but it’s still a wonderful comfort food.

Growing your own squash is good for meditation. All it takes is a flower pot and some potting soil. What you get is simplicity, a pretty flower, and some delightful fruits (that some folks call a vegetable).

Share a smile. Share a pie or a casserole
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The squash plant--good for meditation and food.

The squash plant–good for meditation and food.

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On Transitions and Crossing Bridges…

Quotes and Notes #202, May 30

“It is not good to cross the bridge before you get to it.”—Judi Dench—

Bridges are necessary at times to help us move from one place to another in our lives.

Before a difficult battle, the Roman soldiers would cross a river into a land they wished to conquer and then burn the bridge behind them so that they had to win—they could not go back. This is where we get the term “burning bridges.”

When you move on to another aspect of your life, be careful to not move too soon, and, when you do move, don’t look back.

And share a smile with those whom you meet on the other side.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Are you ready to cross?

Are you ready to cross?

Like the Wildflowers, Grow Where You Will…

Quotes and Notes #201, May 29

“Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.”—John Steinbeck

“Like wildflowers you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would.”—unknown—

For the past 35 years or so, I have had the privilege of helping with the gardening of a house on a mountain. The drive up to the house is a wonderful meandering through a halfway-tamed wooded area.

I noticed a wildflower many years ago that showed up around the end of May and which I came to love and identify with. The flower grows through the rocks and undergrowth, never complaining, never needing any sort of care. I have seen it tolerate drought and flood, heat and cold, and the presence of hungry deer and turkeys. Yesterday I stopped to take a picture of the flower. It is attached to this article. The flower is a lot like me.

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

My wildflower is back

My wildflower is back

Find Your Inner Security…

Quotes and Notes #200, May 28

“Beauty is a radiance that originates from within and comes from inner security and strong character.”—Jane Seymour—

Believe in yourself. Believe in your abilities. This is where you will find your inner security. Your security will show in your demeanor and will be noticed widely. You are special.

Share a smile
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”
It makes me smile that this is number 200. The orchid in the picture is
White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

Choose Your Own Attitude

Quotes and Notes #199, May 27

“If you so choose, every mistake can lead to greater understanding and effectiveness. If you so choose, every frustration can help you to be more patient and more persistent.”—Ralph Marston—

Isn’t it wonderful that we have the power to choose our own attitude? Isn’t it nice that we can select whatever outlook we want?

It is a proven psychological phenomenon that smiling leads to happiness just as happiness leads to smiling. So, be happy, share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz
“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid, (Ophrys bbomyblifora)

Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid, (Ophrys bbomyblifora)

Play in the Rain…

Quotes and Notes #198, May 26

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”—Langston Hughes—

It always does one good to play in the rain. To get wet and grin and giggle like a child. Let down your guard today, and just for a short time, be a bit silly. This will help you to know that…

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Dancing girl, Impatiens Bequaertii

Dancing girl, Impatiens Bequaertii

Don’t Forget the Beauty…

Quotes and Notes #197, May 25

“Beauty exists not in what is seen and remembered, but in what is felt and never forgotten.”—Johnathan Jena—

“How did that make you feel?” He asked.
He was an old soldier. I was young.
I thought about it and said, “It made me feel like someone really cared about me and wanted to give me something to remember.”

“That’s good.” He replied. “That’s what I meant for it to do.”
He has been gone for years, now. But I haven’t forgotten.

And he always had a bright smile for me. I will never forget that
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz
“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Never forget the beauty.

Never forget the beauty.

Bring Back the Living Room…Listen to the Stories

Quotes and Notes #196, May 24

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”—Czeslaw Milosz, “The Issa Valley”—

With all of the technology and information available to us today, we are neglecting the living room. The stories that were once told around the communal fire are no longer shared. We are allowing our heroes to dwindle in stature.

Take the time to sit and listen. Take the time to share. I remember Pop, from forty years ago. He was one of the last of the World War One heroes. I failed to listen to him and a lot of his stories have been lost. My friend Harold is a 92 year old survivor of The Battle of the Bulge. He has given me harrowing accounts of his experiences and then he gave me a book to back it up. I treasure this. Listen to stories. Share the stories. It is important.

And go out there and share a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz
“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Listen to the stories

Listen to the stories

“If You Can Remember Me…”

Quotes and Notes #195, May 23

“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,’ my mother explained shortly before she left me. ‘If you can remember me, I will be with you always.”—Isabel Allende, “Eva Luna”

And so we remember. We remember those who came back and those who didn’t. We remember those who endured the heat in the desert, mud in the rice paddies, and cold in Korea. We remember those who entered the Battle of the Bulge to stay, to come home on a train full of wounded, or to return with a memory. We remember those who were gassed in France, or hit by a minie ball in Gettysburg.

We remember those with rags on their feet in the middle of winter before crossing the Delaware.

And for now, remember with a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz
“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

If we can remember

If we can remember

Transform It Into Remembrance

Quotes and Notes #194, May 22

“Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn’t serve anyone, and it’s painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you’re magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people so they can experience something of that person.”—Patti Smith—

Memorial day arrives toward the end of May. This is a wonderful concept, that of remembrance and it sets aside a special day just to remind us to focus for a while on some of the wonderful people who are no longer with us.

There are those in my past whom I remember with a joy of having known them—those who had a profound effect in my life and development. I will visit them this weekend and then again, and again.

There are those of whom I have read or otherwise learned who worked to make the world a better place, who helped to form our wonderful country. Remembering them will allow us to somehow live a small part of their lives.
Memorial Day is good

And share a smile. It will make you memorable.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz
“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Meditate

Meditate

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