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Dec 16 2013

‘Tis the Season

by Hope L

chicken_soup_christmasAfter I heard the heartbreaking news about the family who was robbed of their Christmas gifts this week, I decided to write a blog to try and conjure up a little holiday cheer for myself.

And what better place to find it than Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Cheer by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, with its stories about the spirit of Christmas and what it really means to give.

I love that the stories are mostly short and that there are inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout the book.

“For the spirit of Christmas fulfills the greatest hunger of mankind.” – Loring A. Schuler

“We can do no great things – only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality and the genial flame of charity in the heart.” – Washington Irving

Yeah, well, you get the idea.  Oh, “Bah Humbug!,” you say?  How about these—simple and straight-to-the-point:

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi


“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W.T. Ellis

Ah, yes—that’s the Christmas spirit! And Nat King Cole‘s iconic Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire  playing in the background helps, too …


May 10 2013

Mama said… a lot

by Veronica W

In 1961 the Shirelles, a girls singing group, had a moderately successful hit with the song “Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This.” However most of us knowGlass-5442_fs that mothers have a lot more to say than that. Even when I became an adult, my mother and Inever engaged in cozy, confidential chats. She acknowledged the factI was grown, but she always remained the elder. Dictates became helpful hints, suggestions and “good life counsel,” which she implicitly indicated I would be wise to follow. Being southern by orientation, if not inclination, many of her pearls were couched in folksy sayings,some of which my sisters and I compiled into amemory book. Here are just a few.

  • You can sift and sift and still get the husks. (Translation: It doesn’t pay to be too fussy)
  • Pretty is as pretty does (Translation: Looks aren’t everything)
  • You better save those tears?ou’re going to need them later (Translation: Don’t cry about trivial matters)
  • If it’s on your back, it’s not in the bank (Translation: Don’t dress to impress)
  • Make sure you have walls before you try to paint (Translation: Don’t try to improve a boyfriend who acts worthless)
  • Cow’s going to need his tail come fly time (Translation:Treat everyone well. You never know when you have to ask them for help.)

Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here. Doris Roberts in Raymond. Freaky Friday, Steel Magnolias, The Glass Menagerie…the list of mothers andtheir sense (and yes, sometimes non-sense) is almost endless. Sometimes memories of the things our mothers said are foggy or clouded by childhood impressions. However, there may be one or two thingsyou find yourself saying which are, to your amazement, amusement or horror,your mother’s. Perhapsyou knowof a book ormovie full of “momisms.” If so, please share. Remember, Mama said “If you do good, good will follow you.”


Jan 26 2009

“Every little pot…”

by Ev S

I love a good quote.  I heard one earlier today and thought I’d share.

“Every little pot has to stand on its own bottom.”

Of course I wanted to hear more neat quotes and I went bugging my co-workers for interesting quotes.  At some point my boss turns to me and said “You know there are books of quotes, go check one out.”  I knew this, really.  So, just to share, here are few of the quotes my co-workers and patrons of the library shared with me:

“You’re closer to the ground, you pick it up.” (as said to a child.)

“Slicker than snot on a doorknob.” (pertaining to icy weather)

“Close the refrigerator door, you’re letting out the penguins.”

“If frogs had wings they wouldn’t hit their butts when they jumped.”

“Close your mouth, you’re catching flies.”

“Don’t cross your eyes, flies will pitch in.” (Jamaican)

“If you point at the stars, you’ll get warts on your figures.” (Brazilian)

And here are some books we have in the library system:

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature

(This is one of the most famous books of quotes and the one my boss ended up getting me.  But it is a reference book, so I could only read it at the library–when I went on break, of course.)

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Great Quotes for All Occasions compiled by Elaine Berstein Partnow

Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation edited by Susan Ratcliffe

Lima Beans Would be Illegal: Children’s Ideas of a Perfect World compiled and illustrated by Robert Bender (a children’s book)

And we have many more similar books; you can quote me on that!


Feb 29 2008

Words to Live By

by Myguail C

As February 29 nears and the national celebration of Black History Month ends, I feel it only fitting to dedicate this blog post to the power of words from our ancestors, parents and world leaders.  After reading please share with us your favorite quote!

May the following quotes and the input from DeKalb Library users words live from generation to generation.

“Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.”

“The (word) of a friend makes you cry; the (word) of an enemy makes you laugh.”

“Patience can cook a stone”

“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).”
– Fanti

“If you understand the beginning well, the end will not trouble you.”

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
-Maya Angelou

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.”
-Frederick Douglass

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