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Monday, May 12, 2008

From the bulletin board --

Now that you know that I am a collector
you can understand that I collect sayings, mottos, quips, slogans, quotes, etc. Not only do I collect them, but my niece sends me collections of them. Here are a few "Gems" from her today's missile:

Sometimes, when I look at my children,
I say to myself,'Barbara, you should have remained a virgin.
-- Barbara Bush (mother of G.W.)

Santa Claus had the right idea.
Visit people only once a year.
-- Victor Borge

We could certainly slow
the aging process down
if it had to work its way through Congress.
-- Will Rogers

Before I retired I had these tacked up on the board in my counseling office:


"It is the Communicator's Responsibility To be Understood."

Mary Ellen Huhn of Nokomis, Florida, submitted this to a news letter to which I subscribe, a long time ago. I know it was years ago because the paper is yellow. I hope Mary Ellen is still around to give and get hugs. To quote,

It's wondrous what a hug can do,
A hug can cheer you when you're blue.

A hug can say,"I love you so"
Or, "Gee, I hate to see you go."

A hug is "Welcome back again!"
And "Great to see you, where've you been?"

A hug can soothe a child's pain
And bring a rainbow after rain.

The hug! There's just no doubt about it,
We scarsely could survive without it.

A hug delights and warms and charms,
It must be why God gaves us arms.
are not above them.

Hugs are great for fathers and for mothers,
Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers.

Amd chances are some favorite aunts
Love them more than potted plants.

Kittens crave them. Puppies love them.
Heads of state are not above them.

A hug can break the language barrier
And make your travels so much merrier.

No need to fret about the store of 'em,
The more you give, the more there are of' 'em.

So stretch those arms without delay
And give someone a hug today.

Here's mine to you.

'My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about politics.

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Anonymous said...


If Barbara Bush did indeed make that comment (..."I should have remained a virgin"), she plagiarized Ms. Lillian Carter (President Jimmy's mom) who said many years before:

"Sometimes when I look at my children I say to myself, "Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin."

Lillian Carter, mother of Jimmy and Billy

Carol Gee said...

Very interesting. I cannot say I am surprised at all.
What is the other old saying? "The acorn does not fall far from the tree?"
Thanks for the info, Anonymous.


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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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