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Ms. Marilyn is back…!!

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Thoughtful Readers… 
 
 
I have just received the news that Ms. Marilyn has another blog post ready for our enjoyment. If you recall, Marilyn wrote about her aunt…”Diamond Lil..”. This one is a little more introspective and well……personal. I was really taken with the sentiment and her ability to express it, to invite you in to the story. I hope you enjoy this one as much as you did the first one. Should be ready…..probably tomorrow.

Be well,

Howard

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Returned From Break…

Thoughtful Readers….

In all of our lives there comes a time when “things” seem to get in the way of what we perceive as normal routines. The past weeks have been one of those times. It is not necessary or even important to relate the events, but it seems somewhat important to acknowledge the fact that it occured. So that is what I am doing.

While writing this blog, and reading many others, I have been struck by the number of authors who have run into similar constraints on their time and been forced to slow down or stop writing for a period of time. Invariably, they post an “apology” of some sort when they return, relating an event or incident or series of them that required their attention somewhere other than on the pages of their blog. Some of the stories are quite interesting and sometimes I find myself relating situationally to them. In my case however, nothing in particular strikes me as noteworthy, so I will just say that my family and personal issues contributed to a “slow-down” in writing. Most of those issues have been resolved and things have returned to normal (well….almost..).

In any event, I expect that my blog will return to a more normal routine over the next couple of weeks. And, I hope that you continue to find something worthwhile in these pages.

Be well…

Howard

Please help me welcome Ms. Marilyn…

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Thoughtful Readers…

Over the past few weeks I have been giving some carefully considered thought to adding a guest author to my blog. I think initially it will seem different to me, but I believe it will work out well. I think my blog needs an infusion of supplementary thoughts. I currently have something on the order of five blog entries almost complete and several others in various states of preparation. While reviewing them for release, I realized how similar a lot of my posts have become. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, you understand. You are frequently remembered for your ideology or your “slant” as much as for your content…..So I’m not complaining. I just wanted to freshen it up a little and provide a bit of different style material for your perusal here.

So, let me introduce my first guest author. Marilyn is a wonderful lady and a great mom. She hails from Arizona and currently resides in the wild west state of Tejas (that’s Texas to all of you English speakin folk..!!!) I have known Marilyn for many years and can say without any qualms that she can write! She writes a little for a newspaper and is currently caught in the throes of getting a manuscript ready for publication for a historical association. That along with being a focus individual for a current naming/renaming issue down there (Texas..) gobbles up a lot of her time. Somehow I managed to convince her to contribute here in this space once in a while. My current sense of all of this is that this will be a drop by and post something every so often. She has full access to my blog, so you could see something at any time and then it might be….who knows….when the next post will show up. I happen to know that her first blog post will be appearing soon….real soon!!

In any event, I thought I would introduce you to each other because you definitely will not recognize her stories as something I would have written.

Oh, I almost forgot, Ms. Marilyn is my niece! I hope you enjoy what she writes. I know I do!!

Book Lovers—Unite!!!

Thoughtful Reader…

I guess I could set up a poll to answer these questions, but why bother… It is so much simpler to just write up this latest post and let you chime in if you want to.

So, here’s the deal. I like to read. You have probably figured that out by now. I don’t own a Kindle or other e-reader, so that means my appetite must be sated by real books…real, bound, printed books. I think I mentioned previously that I counted over 150 actual titles read last year. So, I think you can start to see the enormity of this problem. Every year, usually in the fall, I gather up my books and start boxing up the ones that I feel obligated to part with. I have to do this, really I do. In moments of clarity I find myself looking in horror at the rising mound of printed paper stored in every available nook (yes, I know…), in my house. If a fire were to break out, the resulting conflagration would be awesome to behold.!!! So, not wishing to incur the wrath of the local fire gendarmes, I sadly (sometimes almost tearfully..) gather up my current stash and head out with all good intentions of parting company with the least treasured of my collection.

My first stop is at the local library where they see me coming, and when my shadow crosses their threshold there is never anyone there to help relieve me of my treasures. I think they hide from me. I really do. I usually manage to convince them that they need some of these epics of literature to add to their collection. Funny, they don’t seem to recognize most of these monumental works. Wonder why that is.?? After lightening my load (by two or three volumes…), I continue my trek to the local thrift store. They make up for the library…they love me here. I think it has something to do with my donating. No matter how hard I try, they always end up with my books and I end up with nothing.

Except sometimes…..and here we come to the gist of this story. After my latest sojurn to the seedy underworld of thrift stores and musty used books, I recouped some of my lost honor. Please don’t misunderstand. They still got my books…for free. But this time I got some books back.!!! Well, yes. I did have to pay for them. No, they weren’t new. Okay, I see where you are going with this. You are thinking, “I thought you were trying to get rid of some books…” And that would be a correct observation on your part. However, and this is important, books seem to have a life of their own…maybe a soul too. So when I came across a small collection in the midst of this shabby thrift store, it seemed imperative that I should save them. Save them from what.?? That is a good question. An ugly demise most probably. And almost assuredly each of them would suffer the ignominy of being separated from their siblings…sold one at a time to someone who couldn’t possibly treasure them as much as I do. So, squealing with delight (if it’s possible for a grown man to squeal with delight…or squeal with anything for that matter..), I grabbed them all up and saved them from who knows what….

So, what did I end up with?? What captured my enthusiasm?? Okay, I will tell you. There were two small collections or series’ of hard bound works. The first is a set of four by William Faulkner. Judging by the copyright dates, I will place them in the late 1950’s. Well taken care of. Pages are starting to yellow, but none torn that I can find. Red cloth bindings are solid. Faulkner’s name impressed into the front cover and gold filled. I have read two of the four….The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. The other two, Sanctuary and Light in August are now on my reading list.

The second series is a collection of fourteen books most of which would be classified as literature. There are a couple in the series that might seem to deviate from the “literature” standard but all are noteworthy. This series dates from the 1930’s. Pages are yellowing (some worse than others..) but blue cloth bindings are in good condition. Remarkably so, really. Most of this style book I have seen over the years exhibit fraying on the bindings and loose threads etc. These titles range from a collection of Ibsen’s plays, to Voltaire, to Bret Harte and George Elliot, to a book of the worlds great speeches and a translation of Tales From the Decameron.

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So, you be the judge. Worth saving..???

Be well…
Howard

Answers—-Adages, Proverbs…..

Thoughtful Reader…

Well I have waited long enough for the unveiling. In the last post I ventured forth with thirty adages or proverbs that were sort of “translated” into a modern interpretation. You were invited to take part to try to reassemble them back into their original form. Some of you worked on them, some of you didn’t. I hope they added a little to your thinking over the past few days.

In any event, here are the proverbs as I re-wrote them and the solution (the original form…)

  1. The presence of a winged creature clasped by the phalanges is equal in value to twice the number in the short shrubbery. Ans: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  2. To speak not at all is the color of a precious metal.  Ans: Silence is Golden.
  3. If the product of the last is the correct size, use it for its purpose.  Ans: If the shoe fits, wear it.
  4. A vessel while being scrutinized will not vaporize the contents.  Ans: A watched pot never boils.
  5. A person of dubious intellect and the coin he carries will be separated quickly.  Ans: A fool and his money are soon parted.
  6. Dry your grass for feed while an orb of burning gas is present.  Ans: Make hay while the sun shines.
  7. Panhandlers in action are not able to exercise choice.  Ans: Beggars can’t be choosers.
  8. It is best to choose wisely to avoid having to repent.  Ans: Better safe than sorry.
  9. It is always best to avoid speaking and invite doubt about your mental state, than to expound on the subject and allow no room for argument.  Ans: It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
  10. Seeking after the unknown caused the death of the feline.  Ans: Curiosity killed the cat.
  11. You should not enumerate a totality of poultry while they are still shell-bound.  Ans: Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
  12. Do not cause tears to fall because of mammary fluid that has left its vessel unbidden.  Ans: Don’t cry over spilled milk.
  13. All members of the canine species have a 24 hour period unto themselves.  Ans: Every dog has its day.
  14. Those of diminished capacity hurry to a place where godly helpers are afraid to walk.  Ans: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
  15. A compatriot who requires your assistance is truly your friend.  Ans: A friend in need is a friend indeed.
  16. When possessed with knowledge beforehand, you are better prepared.  Ans: Forewarned is forearmed.
  17. Extreme prior knowledge of a subject causes a lack of respect.  Ans: Familiarity breeds contempt.
  18. Well designed and maintained physical boundaries allow for harmonious relationships with those who live next door.  Ans: Good fences make good neighbors.
  19. Large and strong trees are first conceived from small mast seed.  Ans: Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow.
  20. Ill conceived speed is the cause of destruction.  Ans: Haste makes waste.
  21. Hades is not nearly as dangerous as a female who is denied acknowledgement.  Ans: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
  22. The one who delays his decision unwisely is forever doomed to wander.  Ans: He who hesitates is lost.
  23. If thinking and wants were four-legged animals, panhandlers would have a method of travel.  Ans: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
  24. When you cast your lot for a small coin, you might as well figure on wagering a larger amount.  Ans: In for a penny, in for a pound.
  25. Mirth expressed is the best solution for complaints.  Ans: Laughter is the best medicine.
  26. Observe carefully before jumping into the fray with both feet.  Ans: Look before you leap.
  27. Calm and silent things are frequently very complex.  Ans: Still waters run deep.
  28. When the handling of items is quick and continuous, the tasks are easily completed.  Ans: Busy hands make light work.
  29. Those who constantly exhibit despair and regret prefer the solace of others of like mind.  Ans: Misery loves company.
  30. A noisy round device used for transport receives ample lubrication.  Ans: The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Okay, so there you have it. The answers I know you were waiting for… 🙂

Be well…

Howard