Helen Steiner Rice
Biography of Helen Steiner Rice
Helen Steiner Rice (May 19, 1900 – April 23, 1981) was an American writer of religious and inspirational poetry.
Helen Steiner was born in Lorain, Ohio on May 19, 1900. Her father, a railroad worker, died in the influenza epidemic of 1918. She began work for a public utility and progressed to the position of advertising manager, which was rare for a woman at that time. She also became the Ohio State Chairman of the Women's Public Information Committee of the Electric Light Association, and campaigned for women's rights and improved working conditions.
In 1929 she married Franklin Dryden Rice, a bank vice-president in Dayton, Ohio. After the stock market crash in October that year, Franklin lost his job and his investments. He fell into a depression from which he never recovered, and committed suicide in 1932.
Rice became a successful businesswoman and lecturer, but found her most satisfying outlet in writing verse for the prominent greeting card company American Greetings. Her poems received wide exposure in the 1960s when several were read by Aladdin on the poetry segment of the Lawrence Welk television show.
The demand for her poems became so great that her books are still selling steadily after many printings, and she has been acclaimed as "America's beloved inspirational poet laureate". Helen Steiner Rice’s books of inspirational poetry have now sold nearly seven million copies. Her strong religious faith and the ability she had to express deep emotion gave her poems timeless appeal.
She died on the evening of April 23, 1981, a month before her 81st birthday, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio.
Helen Steiner Rice Poems
A Golden Chain
Friendship is a Golden Chain, The links are friends so dear, And like a rare and precious jewel
God Knows Best
Our Father knows what's best for us, So why should we complain We always want the sunshine,
A Mother's Love
A Mother's love is something that no on can explain, It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain,
Fathers Are Wonderful People
Fathers are wonderful people Too little understood, And we do not sing their praises
Magic Of Love
'Love is like Magic and it always will be, For Love still remains Life's Sweet Mystery! Love works in ways that are wondrous and strange
There Is No Night Without A Dawning
No winter without a spring And beyond the dark horizon Our hearts will once more sing …. For those who leave us for a while
Climb 'Til Your Dream Comes True
Often your tasks will be many, And more than you think you can do. Often the road will be rugged
Everyone Needs Someone
People need people and friends need friends And we all need love for a full life depends Not on vast riches or great acclaim,
A Golden Chain
Friendship is a Golden Chain,
The links are friends so dear,
And like a rare and precious jewel
It's treasured more each year...
It's clasped together firmly
With a love that's deep and true,
And it's rich with happy memories
and fond recollections, too...