Sunday, April 3, 2016

Quaint Sayings of Uncle Jeff: On Faith


Uncle Jeff ruminated on thoughts and themes from sorrow to happiness at the turn of the last century. His niece, Iva, noted nine such sayings. As a young woman of 26 in 1929, Iva was determined to collect and write down the quaint sayings of her Uncle Jeff for posterity's sake. She wrote down his homespun adages within the pages of her second-hand copy of Three Centuries of American Poetry and Prose.

Uncle Jeff had this to say about faith...


The world has need of the man with faith
The man who is not a quitter
Who defies all odds, because he knows
That tonics are always bitter.


— Iva B. Core


A child of the heartland, Iva Beatrice Core (1903-1987) grew up and lived most of her life in Richland Center, Wisconsin. We will visit Iva and Uncle Jeff from time to time and reflect on a simpler time.

To date, we have shared Uncle Jeff's ruminations on: hope; sorrow; benevolence; regret; friends and; happiness.