Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mistakes are just another memory

    Sophia Loren said that mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. These types of quotes can be found throughout this entire blog. I revisit mistakes often because we often think that mistakes should not happen. We are upset with ourselves when they occur, but if we don't view errors as part of life, we will never learn from them. Mistakes are just another memory.
Author Susan Marie Schulhof


Monday, August 25, 2014

Keep living life

    Simone de Beauvoir said, "Live with no time out." You can not stop time so keep living life.

Author Susan Marie Schulhof


Sunday, August 24, 2014

God made you

     Lily Tomlin once said, "I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized that I was somebody." There is also a great song by Matthew West that says "I turned my eyes to Heaven and I thought God, why don't you do something?" In the song, God's response was "I did. I made you." We are all responsible for making changes in this world because God made all of us.

Author Susan Marie Schulhof


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Riding Waves Book

Riding Waves by Susan Marie Schulhof

Riding Waves by Susan Marie Schulhof
I sit there in his truck through two songs on the radio as Dan talks to Patrick, Matt and a blonde girl that I don’t recognize. I am not sure where Matt goes to college, but I know that Patrick attends University of Harrisburg. My brother Jake and Dan were in the same grade in school with Matt and Patrick. The blonde girl looks around our age, and she is dressed in a pink coat, jeans and furry boots; the opposite of how I dress. As I watch Dan, I get more and more frustrated that I am expected to sit in the car as she smiles at him and keeps touching his shoulder. He laughs loudly at everything she says. He is very handsome, yet it is more than his looks that attracts others to him. He is so charismatic and charming that people, especially girls, are drawn to him. He emits this aura of self-confidence that makes him a natural leader.
I roll down the window, but I can’t hear what they are talking about. Dan smiles a little at her, but I know that his laughing at everything that she says is his way of flirting. I try to think about dinner and how sweet he was acting. I tell myself to just relax and look out at the water. I even switch the radio to a pop station, but after two more songs, I turn off the engine, pull the keys out of the ignition and lock the car as I walk towards them.
Dan jerks away from me as I put my hand on his shoulder and say, “Hi Patrick. Hello Matt.”
“Hey, Harper. I didn’t know that you were here,” Patrick responds enthusiastically.
I try to say casually, “I was just on the phone with Laura. I think that she is going to meet us here.” I know that she is home this weekend, but hopefully, she won’t show up and say that I wasn’t really talking to her.
The blonde girl says something that makes Dan laugh even harder, so I move closer to Patrick. I have known Patrick since we were little. He is older than me, but he was one of those kids in high school that everyone knew was really smart. Instead of the freshman fifteen, it looks like Patrick lost at least fifteen pounds or more since he went away to college, but he looks more muscular now. His curly brown hair is shorter and less curly than I remember, but he looks really good.
“How is college?” I ask Patrick....




Aim high

    "If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. When you set your goals, aim high.

Author Susan Marie Schulhof


Friday, August 22, 2014

Enjoy the moment

"Yesterday was wood; tomorrow is ashes. Only today does 
the fire burn brightly."
-Eskimo Proverb
    This is an important concept that stresses the importance of living in and enjoying the moment.
Author Susan Marie Schulhof


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Take that first step

    Ayn Rand said, "All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it-walk." I loved Ayn Rand's book The Fountainhead when I first read it in the 1980's. It was one of the books that inspired me to write my own book. Instead of thinking of writing 200-300 pages, I just took that first step.