Beauty is Where You Find It…

Quotes and Notes #233, July 3

“Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup.”
—Sara Teasdale—

I love it when it doesn’t rain. Of course, I also love it when it does rain. One time I went to the beach for sun and fun. There was a majestic storm that lasted the entire week. I have forgotten other trips to the sea but I will never forget the hours I spent loving the rain, the wind, and the giant waves.
Beauty is where you find it.

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

Beauty is where you find it

Beauty is where you find it

Moving Outside The Comfort Zone

Quotes and Notes #121, March 4, 2015

“Life always begins with one step outside your comfort zone.”–Shannon L. Alder

My son told me over the phone that his daughter—my beautiful granddaughter,Margot—would hold his hands and take steps, but when he let go of her hands, she would only sit down. I got a mental picture of this and then I grinned as I thought that soon she will take a step—a single step before sitting—and the next time she will take more steps, and then soon she will be running.

It’s that single step that moves one out of security and into risk. It’s that one step, every day, that we can take, if we wish, to find an adventure or to make our (or some one else’s) lives better. So take a chance. Believe in yourself. Look back at what you accomplished and smile about it.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Keep on Waggin’ That Tail

Quotes and Notes #109, February 20

I talked with an old farmer yesterday on a cold afternoon. His boxwoods need pruning. I say that he was old—he looked to be my age—around 70 more or less.


Any time I have a conversation with someone, the button on my throat that I push when I want to talk allows the word “cancer” to float around in the air like a leaf on the wind. Sometimes it is mentioned and sometimes not. (Cancer,” that is.)

I could tell that he was well-to-do because of his surroundings. I wouldn’t have made that judgment just looking at his clothes. He was a working man. He asked me where I gotmy treatment, I replied, “Emory.” He smiled, “They do a good job at Emory. I go there a lot.”

I asked about his cancer and he told me it had started in his kidney and progressed to a couple of other parts of his body. He said that it was not curable but the doctors had slowed it down and he would “just live with it.”

“How does it make you feel?” I asked.

“Well,” he said, “I guess I’m happy with my life. I should have been gone some time ago.” He paused with a smile on his face.

“I’m just like an old cur dawg.” He continued, If I was a purebred I’d be dead by now. I guess I’ll just go on waggin’ my tail til I cain’t no more.”

And there’s my quote for the day, “I guess I’ll just go on waggin’ my tail til I cain’t no more.”

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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