Category Archives: Dean Koontz

Old and New Thoughts of Spring

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I have an old (1960’s) Kate Greenaway Birthday Book, which I feel

is like my old autograph books. It holds the birthdays of my old

elementary friends. Do I write many of them still? No, but when

I look at this, I believe I was ‘rich’ and happy beyond compare,

with special friendships.

Here are three March and April sayings or expressions that were

written by who is listed as, “Mrs. Sale Barker.” They are in my

treasured book, illustrated by the pen and ink with light pastel

colorings done by the artist, Kate Greenaway. (Published in London

and New York, the Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd.)

It is followed by a two other authors who will uplift you and also,

give your spirit courage and strength.

One–

“Upon the grass, beneath the bright Spring sunshine,

There sat a gentle, pensive little maid;

The soft spring air just breathed

a perfume near her,

‘I bring the kisses of the flowers,’ it said.”

Two–

“Little airy, fairy sprite,

Flying in the air,

Dropping blossoms to the earth,

Scattering flowerets fair.”

Three–

“Sweet are the hedges close to the stile,

Laden with blossoms of May;

Sweet sings the river that murmurs below,

The whole of the happy Spring day.”

Four–

Ralph Waldo Trine wrote a quote, which I

absolutely love the ending**

“He who remains cheerful in spirit

and sees only the good side of all things,

Who never allows himself to be spiritually

downcast

but keeps his head high and

courage in his heart…

**He sets in motion

those fine, still powers,

which make every step through life

easier for him.”

Five–

The author of a variety of genres, including his

newest thriller, “Innocence,” recently shared his

thoughts on the subject of happiness. If you read

some of Dean Koontz’s biography, you will find a

very challenging childhood where sadness is a

part of many of his memories. For this reason,

Koontz’ quotation adds depth and power to his

beliefs:

“Happiness is a choice. That sounds Pollyanna-ish,

but it’s not; you can make it or not.

Readers over the years say what they love about my

books is that they’re full of hope, and that’s the

way I see life.

If you always dwell on what went wrong in the past

it’s almost hopeless.

So, I just don’t dwell.”

I am off to pick up my granddaughters soon, to spend

a 24 hour period of raucous fun! The M & M girls are

part of my pleasantest current moments. No visits to

the library tomorrow to write…

Hope you enjoyed the ‘offerings’ today, a day ahead of

Sunday!

This is my “Tribute to Sunday” and the Blessings it

unfolds in all of us and for all of us!