Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Touch Of The Master's Hand - Poem



'Twas battered and scarred, 
And the auctioneer thought it 
hardly worth his while 
To waste his time on the old violin, 
but he held it up with a smile.

"What am I bid, good people", he cried, 

"Who starts the bidding for me?" 
"One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?" 
"Two dollars, who makes it three?" 
"Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,"

But, No, 

From the room far back a gray bearded man 
Came forward and picked up the bow, 
Then wiping the dust from the old violin 
And tightening up the strings, 
He played a melody, pure and sweet 
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer 

With a voice that was quiet and low, 
Said "What now am I bid for this old violin?" 
As he held it aloft with its' bow.

"One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?" 

"Two thousand, Who makes it three?" 
"Three thousand once, three thousand twice, 
Going and gone", said he.

The audience cheered, 

But some of them cried, 
"We just don't understand." 
"What changed its' worth?" 
Swift came the reply. 
"The Touch of the Masters Hand."

And many a man with life out of tune 

All battered with bourbon and gin 
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd 
Much like that old violin

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine, 

A game and he travels on. 
He is going once, he is going twice, 
He is going and almost gone.

But the Master comes, 

And the foolish crowd never can quite understand, 
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought 
By the Touch of the Masters' Hand.

By: Myra Brooks Welch

Saturday, April 05, 2014

"Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell." -Louisa May Alcott


"Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell." -Louisa May Alcott

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April Fools Day Quotes and Sayings


  1. "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. " -Abraham Lincoln

  2. "April 1.  This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four."  -Mark Twain

  3. "I have great faith in fools - self-confidence, my friends call it." -Edgar Allan Poe

  4. "It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor."  -Max Eastman

  5. "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."  -Chinese Proverb

  6. "Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee,
    And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me."
    -Robert Frost

  7. "Let us be thankful for the fools.  But for them the rest of us could not succeed."  -Mark Twain

  8. "I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it." -Jack Handey

  9. "Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever."  -Charles Lamb

  10. "We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance." -Japanese Proverb

  11. "A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to
    underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." -Douglas Adams

  12. "Even the gods love jokes." -Plato

  13. "April fool, n. The March fool with another month added to his folly." -Ambrose Bierce

  14. "If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings." -Welsh Proverb

  15. "A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke-and that the joke is oneself." -Clifton Paul Fadiman

  16. "It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools." -Spanish Proverb

  17. "Suppose the world were only one of God's jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?" -George Bernard Shaw

Friday, March 21, 2014

"What We Remember From Childhood We Remember Forever..."


“What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.” -Cynthia Ozick

About this photo: The girl in this photo is my 2nd cousin, twice removed; Lillian Burnes. She lived on the Burnes homestead that was built and owned by my great, great, great grandfather, George Washington Burnes. She is the daughter of Glen & Anna Burnes and wife of George Ziegler. Lillian's two son's still own the property and have taken great care to preserve the memories of our ancestors. The home that you see in the background of this photo is still standing today. I was thrilled to go back to Indiana in 2007 and 2009 to see and walk inside this 180 year old home. Oh how I wished those walls could speak.
Date of photo: 1924.
Place: Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana, USA

What are some things you remember most about your childhood?

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah :) 
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