Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Apple Seeds of Inspiration – December and January

By Barb Stutesman

Christmas is not a time, nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and

goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

~ Calvin Coolidge

The ornaments of our house are the friends who frequent it.   ~ Ralph Waldo


Christmas –- that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that

something so intangible that it is like a fragrance.   ~ Augusta E. Rundell

There is no better time than Christmas to enjoy the wonders of nature, to share

with others out of our abundance, and to celebrate the presence of special

people in our lives.  ~ Unknown

We shall find peace, we shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with

diamonds.   ~ Anton Chekhov

Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving

those of yesterday.   ~ Gladys Taber


December 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy.   ~ President Franklin D.


Christmas comes softly, silently, sweetly – wrapping its loveliness about the

world . . . and once again the most beautiful message on earth is repeated:

Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward All.   ~ Helen Steiner Rice

The gift without the giver is bare.   ~ James Russell Lowell

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmastime.

~ Charles Dickens

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family

all wrapped up in each other.   ~ Burton Hillis

Christmas . . . a season of special joy, the most beautiful time of the year.

~ Rachel Davies

Christmas is the time to let your heart do the thinking.  ~ Patricia Clafford

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope

for the future.   ~ Agnes M. Pharo

Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but it will be a day of

remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.

~ Augusta E. Rundell

The joy of brightening others’ lives, bearing each other’s burden, easing others’

loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes

for us the magic of Christmas.   ~ W. C. Jones

At this special time of year: Follow the children. Hear the joy in their laughter.

See the love in their eyes. Feel the hope in their touch.   ~ Unknown

The things we do at Christmas are touched with a certain extravagance, as

beautiful, in some of its aspects, as the extravagance of nature in June.

~ Robert Collyer

There is love at Christmas because Christmas was born of love.

~ Josepha Emms

The winter season is a time of joy and celebration; of friends and family. It’s a

time of reflection and a time for renewal; a time to share the dream of

peace upon the earth and harmony among all beings.   ~ Laurel Burch

A very important part of the joy of living is the joy of giving.   ~ William Buck

Let us hear one another, Let us see one another, Let us touch one another.

~ Louise Magnuson

All the world is young at Christmastime.   ~ Unknown

And so we come again to Christmas, with all its color and joy, its magic and

wonder, its spirit of goodwill and warmth.   ~ Esther Baldwin York

Christmas is here and now for everyone who is able and willing to receive it.

~ Ida Belle McGill

We are a gift to one another . . . we are a family.   ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Love is what’s in the room with you if you stop opening presents and listen.

~ Bobby – age 07

If you didn’t get all the things you wanted, you can still be grateful for all the

things you didn’t get that you didn’t want.   ~ Michael Nolan

Th, 12-29:  Happy faces, glowing with love – the Christmas decorations we should never put

away!   ~ Margaret Benton

The most vivid memories of Christmases past are usually not of gifts given or

received, but of the spirit of love, the cherished little habits of the home.

~ Lois Rand

Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be

happier.   ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson (read on)

January 2017

01-01:  No one ever regarded the first day of January with indifference.

~ Charles Lamb

01-02:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next

week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.   ~ Mark Twain

01-03:  And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

01-04:  One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: to rise above

the little things.   ~ John Burroughs

01-05:  Encourage one another. Many times, a word of praise or cheer has kept a person

on her/his feet.   ~ Charles Swindoll

01-06:  You can’t get too much winter in the winter.   ~ Robert Frost

01-07:  Giving never moves in a straight line – it always moves in circles.   ~ Dr. Robert


01-08:  One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness – it is usually returned.

~ Cory Flint

01-09:  You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too

late.   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

01-10:  Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on.   ~ Henry Burton

01-11:  Time is finite.   ~ Randy Pausch

01-12:  We had only one simple rule in our home: Live harmlessly.   ~ Sally Browne

01-13:  Winter is not a season; it is an occupation.   ~ Sinclair Lewis

01-14:  We are all here on earth to help others.   ~ W. H. Auden

01-15:  The time is always right to do what is right.   ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

01-16:  Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.   ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

01-17:  Love people. Use things. Not vice-versa.   ~ Kelly Ann Rothaus

01-18:  Time must be explicitly managed, like money.   ~ Randy Pausch

01-19:  Let no one ever come to you without leaving better.   ~ Mother Teresa

01-20:  Winter forms our character and brings out our best.   ~ Tom Allen

01-21:  Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare think.   ~ Henry

                        Wadsworth Longfellow

01-22:  Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes.   ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

01-23:  It is when we forget ourselves that we do things that are lost likely to be

remembered.   ~ Parker Sweetwater

01-24:  We must not only give what we have, we must also give what we are.   ~ Cardinal Mercier

01-25:  You can always change your plan, but only if you have one.   ~ Randy Pausch

01-26:  What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for others?   ~ George Eliot

01-27:  Winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they

formerly concealed.   ~ Jean Paul

01-28:  We must be the change we wish to see in the world.   ~ Mohandas Gandhi

01-29:  Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.

~ Frank A. Clark

01-30:  It matters not how long we live, but how.   ~ Phillip James Bailey

01-31:  You have to reach out your hand – that’s what it’s there for.   ~ Mackinlee Barton




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