Things Are Not Always What They Seem…

Quotes and Notes #254, July 16

Things are not always as they appear. The beautiful hibiscus flower is actually fancy okra

Things are not always as they appear. The beautiful hibiscus flower is actually fancy okra

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”—L. Frank Baum, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”—

The beautiful hibiscus is actually only “fancy okra.” You see a beautiful flower at first glance, but if you compare flowers, buds, and seed buds, you will find the truth. One is food for the body, the other is food for the soul.

Words are like that. Be careful with what you say. Be even more careful with what you hear—and be extremely careful in sharing. Food for the soul is sometimes not particularly nourishing.

But, it’s all right to share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The Fireplace–A Christmas Story?

Today we have a story about a well crafted and beautiful fireplace.  It is a story with a twist to get you in the mood for the upcoming season.

The Fireplace–a story.

the fireplace

Grandma caught herself dozing.  Her head jerked up and she motioned sharply at her grandson.  “Bubba, throw another log on the fire.  I’m cold.”  She adjusted her shawl around her shoulders and her chin fell down again to her chest.

Bubba had been sitting on the hearth, whittling in front of the fire.  He slowly laid down his piece of cedar, folded his pocket knife, rose with a grunt, and walked to the stack of split firewood in the corner of the room.  He carefully chose just the right piece, walked back to the fireplace and placed the wood on the fire and adjusted it.  He picked up a wrought iron poker and stirred up the red embers.

“There you go, Grandma”. Bubba said as he sat back down and resumed his whittling.

The mother had paused in her reading about the Baby Jesus, and the ten year old daughter spoke up.  “This is so wonderful.  I want to sit by this fireplace every Christmas of my life.  Just like this.  I love this fireplace.”

Sam put on his hard hat and grinned at Bill.

“Damn, Bill, you oughta been a writer.  You sure do have a good imagination.  I can just picture all of that happening.  I bet it did.”

The two men turned and gazed at the freestanding fireplace with a two story chimney– all that was left of the comfortable old house that had been there two days ago.

Sam climbed into his dump truck.  “Let’s tear that sucker down.” He yelled.

Bill climbed back up on his bulldozer thinking, “Well, I guess it is a good place for a new CVS store.”

store built at the site of the chimney

By john schulz

On watching the chimney at the corner of Martha Berry and the Bypass.



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