And so this is Christmas….

Merry Christmas! Have a peaceful one…. One of many Winnipeg winter wonders…and definitely not a Grinch….

005   “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Theodor Seuss Geisel – (1904 – 1991) was an American cartoonist and author of children’s books written under the pen name of Dr. Seuss. He published 46 children’s books, including ‘The Cat in the Hat’, ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, ‘Horton Hears a Who’ and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’

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Be happy….

Portrait by J.H. Thompson at the Brontë Parsonage Museum

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” – Charlotte Brontë in ‘Jane Eyre’

Charlotte Brontë – (1816-1855) was a British novelist, born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters, all writers. She worked as a governess and published a collection of poetry and several novels. Her most famous work, the classic ‘Jane Eyre’ was published under the pen name of Currer Bell.

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The Little Way…

“I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would no longer be enamelled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our lord’s living garden.” – Thérèse de Lisieux.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873 –1897), was a French Carmelite nun. She is also known as “The Little Flower of Jesus” or “The Little Flower.

Along with St. Francis of Assisi, she is often regarded as one of the most popular saints in the history of the Roman Catholic church.

Born to a religious family she overcame many difficulties, and in 1888 at the age of 15, she became a nun in the Carmelite community of Lisieux, Normandy. She died at the age of 24 from tuberculosis.

But ‘The Story of a Soul’, her autobiography, published a year after her death was widely read and she quickly became one of the most popular saints of the twentieth century. She believed that people did not have to accomplish great deeds to achieve holiness. The ‘little way’ became the foundation of her spirituality. She wrote:

“Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.”

 

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Only with the heart…

(Wikipedia Photo)

“Good-bye,” said the fox. “Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
“Anything essential is invisible to the eyes,” the little prince repeated, in order to remember.
“It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“It’s the time I spent on my rose…,” the little prince repeated, in order to remember.
“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose…”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in ‘The Little Prince’

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – (1900-1944) was born in Lyons, flew as a pilot for many years, and also during the Second World War. He wrote many award winning books including ‘Night Flight’, ‘Wind, Sand and Stars’, ‘Flight to Arras’ and ‘Letter to a Hostage’. His classic and perhaps most famous work, ‘The Little Prince’, appeared in 1943. The author’s plane was shot down a year later over the Mediterranean.

Written for children, the fable nevertheless appeals to adults also. In his dedication where the author asks children to forgive him for dedicating the book to a grown-up, he wrote: “All grown-ups were children first. (But few of them remember it.)

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On collectin’ stuff

 

Wikipedia photo – John Steinbeck

“Pa asked, “What’s he disappointed about if he got a million acres?”
The preacher smiled, and he looked puzzled. He splashed a floating water bug away with his hand. “If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs it ’cause he feels awful poor inside hisself, and if he’s poor in hisself, there ain’t no million acres gonna make him feel rich, an’ maybe he’s disappointed that nothin’ he can do’ll make him feel rich _ not rich like Mis’ Wilson was when she give her tent when Grampa died. I ain’t tryin’ to preach no sermon, but I never seen nobody that’s busy as a prairie dog collectin’ stuff that wasn’t disappointed.” He grinned. “Does kinda soun’ like a sermon, don’t it?” – John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath.

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (1902–1968) was an American author born in Salinas, California, the setting for many of his novels. He is the author of 27 books but is most famous for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, (set during the Great Depression) ‘East of Eden’, and ‘Of Mice and Men’. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

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One bright, shining rainbow

Maya Angelou, a prominent author, poet, a true survivor and an amazingly inspiring lady died May 28th, 2014 at the age of 86. A rainbow for the world, here are just a few of her many wonderful quotes.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel! –

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated!”

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud!”

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an African-American author who wrote 7 autobiographies and several books of poetry among other works. Her most famous autobiography was the inspirational ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’

Angelou grew up during the depression, struggled against racial discrimination, poverty and abuse and was prominent in the civil rights movement.

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This most amazing day…

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A haven of serenity in downtown Winnipeg…..

“I thank you God for this most amazing day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.” e. e. cummings

Edward Estlin Cummings (1894 –1962) was an American 2oth century poet, painter, author, and playwright.

 

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