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Oct 23, 2013

Treasures



I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  I have a few difficult family situations in progress and considered taking a couple of days off from blogging.  But, in processing the family issues, my eyes fell upon this book.

"Well Springs of Truth" by W.W. Breese, M.D. was published in 1883. It has been one of my special treasures since I was eleven years old.  At that time, I found it in a dirty trash can in the back alley behind our home.  Whoever owned it, tossed a whole box of books in the trash.  I loved books and could not imagine any thrown in the trash.  But, this book was amazing...it was full of treasures like the wonderful lady above....pressed flowers, pages from other books, a Confederate five dollar bill, leaves...every other page held a treasure.  For a young girl, it was amazing.



It was several years later when I actually read the book and loved so much of what it shared.  For example, "Help one another.  This little sentence should be written on every heart and stamped on every memory.  It should be the golden rule not only practiced in every household, but throughout the world.   By helping one another, we not only remove thorns from the pathway and anxiety from the mind, but we feel a sense of pleasure in our own hearts, knowing that we are doing a duty for a fellow creature. A helping hand or an encouraging word is not loss to us, yet it is a benefit to others."

See, it is a joyful, inspiring treasure!  Do any of you have a treasure from your childhood you would like to tell us about??

Happy Thursday!!

15 comments:

  1. Indeed, what a wonderful treasure! I love books too. How luck to have found one full of little bits and pieces of fun!

    XOXO
    Lynn

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  2. what a wonderful story, of how you rescued this book and it still speaks to you. I love the excerpt you quoted, very good advice. Hope things go well for you, dear Pam, xo

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  3. Read your post and I hope that all works out well for you and your family, you inspired me to write a little memory piece .http://cassidl.blogspot.ca/2013/10/treasured-childhood-memories.html
    Cherishing my memories and sending positive thoughts to you and yours.

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  4. What an amazing treasure! I absolutely love old books and it saddens me to think of what might have prompted someone to throw that one in the trash. I, too, am going through a difficult family time and I really needed that quote tonight. Thank you for sharing it.

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  5. Wow what a find. With a Confederate 5-Dollar Bill! Amazing. Great post Pam, and a great reminder. I despise difficult family situations (and I've had a few) so I hope you get through yours quickly and with a smile on your face! XO, Jill

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  6. Praying for a quick resolution to the family stuff! And what an amazing little book - God so intended it for you...Hugs to you!

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  7. How lovely. How simple. How true.

    Helping is a win-win.

    Sending good thoughts your way!

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  8. When my parents divorced, all of my treasures were lost. I vividly remember some books that had been my grandmother's with illustrations from the turn of the century. I wish I had them today, but I do have the memories. Prayers being sent your way- and I don't mean that as an idle threat.

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  9. Pam, Thinking of you and wishing you the best. Family stuff is so hard because darn it we care so much!! Hugs and peace to you. Have a wonderful fall week end. Chris

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  10. Pam, Hugs and Peace to you!! Family stuff is so difficult because we care so darn much. Please try to find a moment of relaxation this week end. I sincerely hope all works out for the best. You are a gem!! Chris

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  11. Wow, your story filled me with excitement for how great a secret treasure this book must have been for your child-self. I'm glad the treasures also came in a beautiful, positive, and inspiring book. Thank you for sharing it with us. (:

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  12. Pam dear-what a lovely post. These words came back to you just at the perfect time it seems. Sometimes we need just that encouragement. What a treasure of a book.
    Hoping things are resolving for you and your family. Have a restful weekend.
    xx, Heather

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  13. what a wonderful treasure to have rescued, my favorite and very poignant find in a library book was a card/love letter written by a man who was in jail to a girlfriend? recalling the good times they had at the park, etc and how he looked forward to their reunion, seems that she must not have shared his feelings as it was downgraded to a disposable bookmark

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  14. Incredible to have found this book with those mementos inside. I'm going to try to hunt a copy down.

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