Friday, October 30, 2015
I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.
Happy birthday, Andrew Solomon! His memoir, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. The book expamines the cultural ramifications of depression through Solomon's interviews with medical professionals, politicians, and depression sufferers.
Monday, October 26, 2015
There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it
October 26, 1849: On this day, Gustave Flaubert embarked on a two-year trip to Greece and Egypt. But before he could leave, he had to say goodbye to his mother. He later described their parting as "atrocious" and confessed to darting away while her wails followed him out the door.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.
William Makepeace Thackeray
October 23, 1847: On this day, William Makepeace Thackeray wrote a letter to Jane Eyre's publisher, complaining about the book's irresistibility: "It interested me so much that I have lost (or won, if you like) a whole day in reading it."
Saturday, October 17, 2015
American author Kathleen Winsor (born October 16, 1919) wrote a list of life goals for herself when she was 18 years old. At the top of the list? Write a best-selling novel. She met that goal in 1944 with her popular (and controversial) novel Forever Amber.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
As a child, beloved English humorist P.G. Wodehouse (born October 15, 1881) had his detractors. A school report cited his energetic wit as “distorted” and chastised the “distressing” way in which he made jokes during class.
Just shows that brilliance is often overlooked by those who teach.
Monday, October 12, 2015
You all know that I generally just use my blog for Quote of the Day, movie or book reviews, however, during yesterday's Seattle/Cincy game Michael Bennett really made a HUGE BLUNDER, so I wanted to address this blog to him, although I know he will never see or read it!
Michael Bennett, what were you Thinking, or maybe NOT Thinking when you plowed into Andy Dalton (10-11-15) in the game? Do you really think that what you did was REASONABLE? And to lose all that yardage!
I have been watching the Seahawks since before you were born! That is one of the most flagrant fouls that I have ever seen!
Wake up, use your common sense, and intelligence.
It is really a shame that you couldn't control yourself!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.
On a trip to Florence, Oregon, Frank Herbert (born October 8, 1920) studied the effects of sand dunes that could "swallow whole cities, lakes, rivers, highways." His article on the subject was never completed. Instead, ten years later, he published his epic science fiction novel, Dune.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
There is an odd synchronicity in the way parallel lives veer to touch one another, change direction, and then come close again and again until they connect and hold for whatever it was that fate intended to happen.
October 2, 1975: On this day, American true crime author Ann Rule found out that her friend Ted Bundy had been arrested. Bundy eventually confessed to committing 30 homicides, and Rule wrote about her personal relationship with the serial killer in her book The Stranger Beside Me
We moved to Washington state at about the time of Ted Bundy's crime spree, tragically, one of my co-worker's (at the library) niece was a victim of Ted Bundy - just awful.
The Stranger Beside Me was the only book I ever read of Ann's, it was really scary, well documented and well written, I could just never read a true crime story again.