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Pumpkin Patches ~ Apple Cider ~ Falling Leaves ~ Cornstalks ~ Autumn ~

Football ~ Hoodies ~ Cuddling ~ Bonfires ~ Sweaters ~ Hot Cocoa ~

Crunchy Walks in the Woods ~

“Come little leaves,” said the Wind one day,

“Come to the meadows with me and play.

“Put on your dresses of red and gold,

“For summer is past and the days grow cold.”

By George Cooper


Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

Jim Bishop

Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.


Here’s a little poem my son wrote in Kindergarten.  I submitted it to Highlights for Children magazine, and they published it.  I think it captures the essence of settling in on a fall evening.


By Jonathan Sheppard, Age 5

Evening is the time when the sun sets.

Evening is when fathers come home.

Evening is the time

When children come inside

And the family is all snugly home.


Quips & Quotes



School Days . . . Comin’ Up!!!

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day.  It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.

                                                                        ~ Bill Dodds


The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

                                                                        ~ Sydney J. Harris


An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

                                                                        ~  Attributed to Benjamin Franklin


As long as there are tests, there will be prayers in schools.

                                                                        ~ Author unknown


The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

                                                                        ~ Alvin Toffler


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


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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.

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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