Will You Remember a Story?

Quotes and Notes #269, July 31

Jane Cunningham tells a story

Jane Cunningham tells a story

“Tell me a story.
In this century, and moment, of mania, tell me a story.
Make it a story of great distances and starlight.
The name of the story will be time,
But you must not speak its name
Tell me a story of deep delight.”—Robert Penn Warren—

The story tellers are immensely important to our lives, our culture, our learning and—and to our mental well-being. Story telling is more than just relating happenings, story telling is also suspense, glory, intrigue, laughter, and tears. Story telling is an art form.

I remember Aunt Irma telling stories at Christmas gatherings. Aunt Irma Hochstein was a translator in WWII. She was a librarian, and she lived with her sister Frances. Irma worked and Frances cooked and kept house. They were my paternal grandmother’s sisters. I remember the stories, but more than that, I remember the way Aunt Irma told them. Don’t let this go away.

Tell stories to the children. Often.

And share lots of smiles
And let them know that everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”
The attached picture is of Miss Jane Owen Cunningham, a master storyteller.

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Looking for Pretty

Quotes and Notes #221, June 19

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”—Albert Einstein—

A young child will notice new things often, reaching out to touch and feel while seeing with wonder. As we age, we notice the new less often, but it is still there. We know the beauty of a bee, but we also know the truth of its sting.

The old saying, “take time to smell the roses” becomes more and more important in our busy and complicated lives.

Take time to share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

As you age, maintain the child

As you age, maintain the child

As a Child Sees Beauty

Quotes and Notes #135, March 18
”The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”–Albert Einstein

One of my favorite pictures from long ago is of my son at the age of four in which he is looking at a fishing worm as it crawls across his hand. I had taken him fishing at a beautiful mountain lake. With the mountains, clouds, and a forest all around him he found beauty in a slimy brown earthworm.

It’s not as much isolating the parts of beauty around us as it is accepting them with the grace and wonder of a child. Look for beauty today in places where you never found it before. It’s there. I guarantee it.

Share a smile along the way

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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