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A Tribute to My Father + Quotes

Quips & Quotes for JUNE:


BUT FIRST:  A Father’s Day tribute to my father, Martin Anderson, now in Heaven, who also would have celebrated a birthday in June:

*How blessed I was to have a father who read the Bible and prayed with us each evening at the dinner table. 

*How blessed I was to have a wise dad who taught me one of his favorite (and most valued quotes) from the book of Proverbs:  “Even a fool, when he holdeth his tongue, is counted wise.” 

*How blessed I was to have a dad who taught me how to shake hands:  “Give a firm grip,” he urged.  “None of these limp fish handshakes.” 

*How blessed I was to have a father who protected me in a family of rowdy boys because he thought girls were fragile (which I didn’t like at the time). 

*How blessed I was to have a dad who came to visit me at the hospital in the next town each of the 40 nights I hung between life and death with whooping cough and pneumonia at age four.   And it was Dad who carried me in his arms to my doctor’s appointments each month because I had a heart murmur and rheumatic fever at age ten.  (No wonder he thought girls were fragile.)

Thanks a million, Dad  ~ Sharon Sheppard


No price is the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer.

                              James Russell Lowell


If June could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.

                              Bern Williams


It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses,

When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the roses.

                              Nathaniel Parker Willis


How did it get so late so soon?  It’s night before it’s afternoon.  December is here before it’s June.  My goodness, how the time has flewn!  

                              Dr. Seuss



We in the Midwest…


Quips and Quotes . . .

Speaking of transitions . . .

Those of us who live in the Midwest do not take changing of a new season lightly. We really spring into “spring!”  Though it is only March 30th as I write this blog post for April, my deck chairs have been washed and ready. I wait for the pansies that are shivering in the cold to bloom and show off the beauty and hope of new life.  Change is good! Our hearts are stirred to look ahead.

These quotes from others are good reminders:

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of those talents left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”                 ~ Erma Bombeck


If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude. ~ Amy Tan


Try not to be a man of success, but rather become a person of value.

 ~ Albert Einstein

Spring is the time of plans and projects.    ~ Leo Tolstoy


Spring is God’s way of saying, “One more time!”  ~ Robert Orben


You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

                                                                      ~ C. S. Lewis

REMEMBER . . .Change is inevitable—except from a vending machine.                                          ~ Robert C. Gallagher



The Cross of Christ Reveals


Quips & Quotes

The cross of Christ reveals man’s sin at its worst and God’s love at its best.

My peace I give to you, a peace which brings an unconstrained confidence and covers you completely, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet, “your life is hidden with Christ in God” and the peace of Jesus Christ that cannot be disturbed has been imparted to you. (John 14:27)


Quote From Eleanor Roosevelt

Yesterday is History

Tomorrow is a Mystery

Today is a GIFT                                ~ Eleanor Roosevelt



The Bible study I have the privilege to facilitate this January will be an introspective look at what it means to live in the day. Living in The Day does not come easily in our fast-paced performing, producing, and power-hungering world. But TODAY is a one-time offer. May we be open the GIFT of TODAY and use it well & wisely.

Psalm 118:24 says it this way; “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

~ Mary Z.

Quips & Quotes


In November our hearts turn toward the Thanksgiving holiday and the practice of being thankful. That is a wonderful thing! This quote speaks to how an experience of thanksgiving can happen every day.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.           ~ Denis Waitley

~ MZ

Educational Quips & Quotes

Educational (?) Quips and Quotes


These three quips/quotes are attributed to E. C. McKenzie:

  • Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.


  • Sign on a high school bulletin board in Dallas: “Free every Monday through Friday—knowledge.  Bring your own container.


  • School teachers are not fully appreciated by parents until it rains all day Saturday.



One teacher recently retired with half a million dollars after 30 years of working hard, caring, dedicating herself and totally immersing herself in the problems of students.  That gave her $50.  The rest came from the death of a rich uncle.    ~ Milton Berle



The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.  ~ Elbert Hubbard


There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.  ~ Joseph Brodsky

August is for Picnics

August is for Picnics

I enjoyed these quotes from the July/August 2015 Midwest Living:


Coolers, blankets and tunes for dance.

Lots of food and lots of ants.


The salad bowl just marched away.


From Ants at the Picnic, a 2006 children’s book by Minneapolis author Michael Dahl.


We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.

Bill Vaughan, staff writer for the Kansas City Star.


And the ultimate picnic . . .

“As a kid, I was taught that if you opened the Bible in the middle you’d probably land on the book of Psalms, and near the middle is everyone’s favorite, the 23rd, with this line: ‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.’

“I don’t know how many times I’ve read or recited this Psalm without pondering what that line actually means, but here is my take on it.  When things are a bit tense, when life is not boring at its best, then the potential for disaster is just around the corner, when your enemies are all around . . . that’s when God lays out the red-checkered picnic cloth and says, ‘Oooo, this is a nice place.  Let’s hang out here together for a while, just you and me.”

David Brazzeal, “Pray Like a Gourmet: Creative Ways to Feed Your Soul”





Freedom Isn’t Free

FREEDOM – –  isn’t free

Here’s what three American presidents had to say about it:

America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.                  Abraham Lincoln, 16th President (1860-65)


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Ronald Reagan, 40th President (1981-89)


We hold these truths to be self-evident:  that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.                                                               Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President (1801-09)

One of America’s Founding Fathers and principal author of the Declaration of Independence



American Poetry Month

The Waste Land

By T. S. Eliot


April is the cruelest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

Winter kept us warm, covering

Earth a forgetful snow, feeding

A little life with dried tubers.

T.S. Eliot was one of the most important poets of the Twentieth Century. He was also an essayist, playwright, and both a literary and social critic. Born in the U.S., he immigrated to England in 1914 when he was 25.  In 1948 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

After he converted to Christianity (Anglicanism) in 1927, noted literary figure Virginia Woolf, who was a fellow Modernist and patron of Eliot’s, predicted that he would “drop his Christianity along with his wife, as one might empty the fish bones after the herring.”

She was right about his deranged wife, but not about his Christianity.  His faith played an important role in his life and in his thinking.

On Wings of Love

February is a time for celebrating matters of the heart.


Here are some favorite quotes from Helen Keller, Helen Steiner Rice, and the psalmist, King David.

Helen Keller, author, activist, and lecturer, was the first deaf/blind person to

earn a bachelor’s degree.  She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.  She wisely said this:

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched—they must be felt in the heart.”


Helen Steiner Rice was a successful businesswoman and lecturer,

but she found more joy in writing inspirational poetry, which endeared her to

the hearts of thousands of 20th Century Americans.


On Wings of Love


The priceless gift of life is love,
For with the help of God above
Love can change the human race
And make this world a better place
For love dissolves all hate and fear
And makes our vision bright and clear
So we can see and rise above
Our pettiness on wings of love.

Helen Steiner Rice


“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and My Redeemer.”        King David, Psalm 19:24