What’s holding you back?

Quotes and Notes #256, July 18

Bloom and reach for the light

Bloom and reach for the light

“And even if you were in some prison, the walls of which let none of the sounds of the world come to your senses—would you not then still have your childhood, that precious, kingly possession, that treasure-house of memories?—Rainer Maria Rilke—

The climbing vine will find a way. It can, in its way, move large boulders and find passages through tiny cracks in massive walls.

We have light and we have the determination given to us by the optimism of childhood to drive us in our constant reach for the light of happiness.

You can pack up your attitude and carry it with you anywhere. Polish it up and make sure that it is a good one.
Steal a smile from a flower and give it to a stranger
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Volume Two–Spring

Quotes and Notes #138, March 21

Volume II—Spring


“She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor:

‘Winter is dead.’”–A.A. Milne, “When We Were Very Young”


“Is the spring coming? He said. “What is it like?…

“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”–Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden”


“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”–Rainer Maria Rilke


Today is the day of optimism. The earth and the sun share smiles with us today. My childhood poem for spring was…

“A Birdie with a yellow bill

Hopped upon my windowsill

He cocked his shining eye and said,

‘Ain’t you shamed, you sleepyhead?'”


Everything is going to be all right. I know it is…

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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