Thoughtful Thursday: It’s Today!

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We can always count on our friend Winnie the Pooh to put things in perspective for us.

The beloved fictional character was the creation of A. A. Milne. Pooh made his debut in the book “Winnie-the-Pooh,” published in 1926 and followed by ”The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928. Mr. Milne’s character also was featured in his books of poetry, “When We Were Very Young” and “Now We Are Six.”

Winnie the Pooh was brought to life in movies and short feature films by Disney, giving a face and voice to the lovable bear and the many friends around him.

Through his innocent charm, Pooh gave us many other delightful and inspirational lessons:

On Living Without Someone You Love: “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

On Friendship and Love: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

On Caring: “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

On Forgetfulness: “I did know once, only I’ve sort of forgotten.”

On Courage: “It is hard to be brave, when you’re only a Very Small Animal.”

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Thoughtful Thursday: Just say spring!

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Finally, the calendar has moved us to spring. Many of us have been wishing that winter would take a hike, and now it is official! Winter is moving out!

OK, maybe nature hasn’t gotten the memo quite yet. We still have cold weather in many parts our world, and the earth isn’t completely green. But we can look at the calendar and say, “It is spring!” And that gives our hearts hope that warmer days, bright blooms and green grass are just ahead.

On this Thoughtful Thursday, when we’re thinking of a world awash in color, we’ve found some quotes on spring to share with you:

Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. – Charles Dickens, author

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy, author

“Spring shows us what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”  – Rev. Virgil A. Kraft, author, teacher and lecturer

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” — Robert H. Schuller, minister, speaker and author

“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” — Carl Friedrich Gauss, mathematician and writer

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Mixed-Up Monday: An Enchanted Time!

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  ~Adrienne Cook

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Fantabulous Friday: Some “Oscar” inspiration …

“No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.”Lupita Nyong’o

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Born in Mexico, actress Lupita Nyong’o grew up in Kenya, studied drama at Yale  and won hearts through her portrayal of Patsey in the film, 12 Years a Slave. The film, based on a memoir of Solomon Northrup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, depicts the lives of slaves, including Patsey who worked in the cotton fields.

In her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards this week, the young star brought tears and applause by saying that she hoped her rise from near obscurity to Oscar stardom would inspire others to pursue their dreams.

Her words, “No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid,” are inspirational for young and old and underscore the point of not giving up on what is important to you.

We look forward to seeing Lupita Nyong’o in other films and learning from this remarkably poised and thoughtful young woman.

 

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Wordy Wednesday: Love You, Dr. Seuss!

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He’s one of world’s most recognizable authors, and his words have been inspired children — including those children of all ages (you know who you are) — for more than a few generations!

March 2 marked the 110th birthday of Theodor Geisel, whose pen name became Dr. Seuss, though he wasn’t a doctor.

My Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, and I like to think of Dr. Seuss as a “word doctor” — someone who brought new life to words and help us see words differently. His rhyming sentences, delightful characters and drawings and creation of completely made-up words have added life to our reading for many decades.

We’re never too old to enjoy the writings and humor that are distinctly Dr. Seuss!

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we’re sharing some of his favorite quotes, courtesy of Parade magazine. To read the complete article, visit http://goo.gl/T3fvlj.

Dr. Seuss Quotes

1. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”

2. “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”

3. “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you’re the one who’ll decide where to go.”

4. “Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!”

5. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

6. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

7. “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

8. “If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”

9. “If things start happening, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.”

10. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

 

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Terrific Tuesday: “Sting Like a Bee”

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It was on this day 50 years ago that a 22-year-old Kentucky native, named Cassius Clay, stunned the odds makers and boxing enthusiasts by knocking out Sonny Liston, the world heavyweight boxing champion.

Liston was a huge favorite to win, but the ever-confident Clay predicted a win for himself, boasting that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and knock out Liston in the eighth round.

It didn’t take that long for the young boxer to claim victory. Liston fell in the seventh round. The world had a new heavyweight boxing champion.

Clay joined the Nation of Islam shortly after the win and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. His refusal to join the U.S. Army and fight in the Vietnam War in 1967 was controversial and led to U.S. boxing authorities removing his title of world champion. Although Ali, considered a conscientious objector, was sentenced to five years in prison and given a $10,000 fine, he appealed the case and remained out on bail. The decision was reversed in 1971 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Nevertheless, Ali’s beliefs cost him years of prime boxing time and money.

Seldom at a loss for words, Ali was a colorful sports champion. “When you are as great as I am, it is hard to be humble.”

Yet, he also gave sound advice: “Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”

Among his inspirational quotes is “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ”

Ali did just that. He became one of the world’s most recognized sports figures and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

 

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