Happiness–Who is in charge?

Quotes and Notes #216, June 14

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”
—Edna St. Vincent Millay—

And I will run through the tall grass and laugh out loud. If I am unable to touch the flowers and run through the tall grass physically, then I shall do it in my mind. I can do anything in my mind. I can be a supra man or I can look at the world through the eyes of a dragon fly. I can be happy because, I, and I alone, am in charge of my attitude.

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

I will be happy and touch the flowers

I will be happy and touch the flowers

A Special Quote from Dr. Jane B. Schulz

Quotes and Notes, #179, May 3, 2015

I asked my mother for this quote on her birthday. She said,

“Keep Smiling.”—Dr. Jane B. Schulz—

I’m late with my offering today because I had to drive way up almost to Virginia to get it in person. I took several nice plants to Mom for her birthday. She didn’t want the plants for herself, she wanted some that she could give away to some of the people who are so nice to her. That’s my kind of thinking, too.

I’m not going to tell you how old she is, but I’m almost 72 and she was 21 when I was born.

So, mind mommie, Keep Smiling

And share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz, author of  “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Dr. Jane Schulz gives us special instructions on her birthday.

Dr. Jane Schulz gives us special instructions on her birthday.

“Immensity to dream in”

Quotes and Notes #178, May 2

Today’s article is halfway to the goal of one a day for a year. A personal milestone.

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” —Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Today it will be easy to find a garden to appreciate. We can look at all of the lush new green growth and at the newly-planted spring flowers. The corn fields are newly plowed and await the magic seeds that will produce our major food crop.

And the diversity of it all astounds me. The size of gardens ranges from a spindly geranium planted lovingly in an orange-juice can by a kind country grandmother to the sculptured grandness of Versailles. Sometimes I feel that the entire world is my private garden. I will share it with you.

After seeing the garden, it should be easy to share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz   “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

A garden to walk in and stars above to gaze upon.

A garden to walk in and stars above to gaze upon.

A Poem for The First of May

Quotes and Notes #177, May 1

  • “Spring’s last-born darling, clear-eyed, sweet,
  •  Pauses a moment, with white twinkling feet,
  • And golden locks in breezy play,
  •  Half teasing and half tender, to repeat
  • Her song of ‘May.’”
  • Susan Coolidge (pseudonym for Sarah Chauncey Woolsey)—

Aaaah, The first of May—first of May. So many delightful things begin today. The beginning of a most wonderful, happy time of the year as the flowers begin their profusion and the air is clear and cool.

Let us rejoice today. Let us throw up our hands and laugh into the heavens.

And share a big, big smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz  “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

First of May, flowers in profusion.

First of May, flowers in profusion.

Can You See It?

Quotes and Notes #154, April 7

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”—Henri Matisse–

With this one I can only tell my mother’s story about the two children—one an optimist, the other a pessimist. Researchers put the little pessimist boy in a room with every childhood delight imaginable. When he sat sadly in the corner, he was asked why. “Well,” he said, “If I play with the toys I’ll break them and if I eat all the cake and ice cream I’ll get sick.”

The little optimist boy was shown into a room that contained nothing but a pile of horse manure. The boy said, “oboy, oboy” and started grinning and digging furiously in the manure. When asked what he was doing, he replied, “There’s a pony here somewhere.”

Draw your own conclusions.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

I wanted to look at the view but the flowers got in my way

I wanted to look at the view but the flowers got in my way

Sunshine, Smiles, and Flowers

Quotes and Notes #141, March 25

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but good trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”–Joseph Addison

I had a friend named Leon. I always looked forward to seeing him because he always shared a smile with me. I knew that he had endured a lot of hardships and that he had lost his wife to cancer, but he always had a smile for me. Leon died a few years ago.

Leon lives on in my mind, though. I can still picture him walking down 4th Avenue with his shoulders back and a big smile on his face.

I hope that I will be remembered like that—What a legacy.

Spread some sunshine…It’s easy

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Today (March 25, 2015) will be the first public signing for the new book, “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”To be held in Rome, Georgia, at The Last Stop Gift Shop next to the Rome Civic Center from 4:00 until 6:00

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