Christmas Hush

My heart does best to receive in meekness
That mode of worship, as most to His mind,
Where earthly aids being cast behind,
His All in All appears serene
With the thinnest human veil between,
Letting the mystic lamps, the seven,
The many motions of His spirit,
Pass, as they list, to earth from heaven.

Browning, Christmas Eve, xxii.

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Some Christmas Quotes

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.

–Taylor Caldwell

I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better – from the great boarding school where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.

–Charles Dickens

Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world – stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.

–Henry Van Dyke

I’ll go inside and read Christmas chapter from the old book … Without dispute God has now his glory in heavens, there is peace on Earth and I feel no ill will towards anybody. – F. E. Sillanp√§√§, Finnish writer

Like a wedding celebration in a gloomy night:

Christmas eve has arrived. – Aleksis Kivi, Finnish writer

Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. – Lenore Hershey

Christmas gift suggestions from Oren Arnold: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

Happy Thoughts…..Why?

The original intent for my website was to focus on the positives of life as expressed by the theme of my page is one point from a bible text,

Philippians 4:8

“whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things”

I felt there ought to be a place where you can go when you need happy thoughts.

I had already developed my truegrit blog into a place where I could address disturbing issues if need be…. but I somehow lost that mental and spiritual place of focusing on the positive.


So here is…. for your pleasure and mine, “Happy Thoughts”.

Happy Thoughts as it was on blogspot was folded into this site.

Here is where only things that somehow uplift or solace or rejoice the heart will be found. Whatever I deem it be at that particular moment. So, in a sense, it will be recording my idea of happiness. Sometimes something to eat, and sometimes a favorite quote, and sometimes just me having ….you know what I am going to say:) ….. HAPPY THOUGHTS.

Here’s to all of us! Cheers!


All the content from the Happy Thoughts blog has been merged into “Ilona’s Reflecting Pool”, since the goal of both blogs were the same and topics lapped over. enjoy the “Mood Helium”.