Whoa. . . .we must keep perspective:
"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter."
Some beautiful writing:
"The disease of the lady Madeline had long baffled the skill of her physicians. A settled apathy, a gradual wasting away of the person, and frequent although transient affections of a partially cataleptical character, were the unusual diagnosis. Hitherto she had steadily borne up against the pressure of her malady, and had not betaken herself finally to bed; but, on the closing in of the evening of my arrival at the house, she succumbed (as her brother told me at night with inexpressible agitation) to the prostrating power of the destroyer; and I learned that the glimpse I had obtained of her person would thus probably be the last I should obtain --that the lady, at least while living, would be seen by me no more."
--from "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839) by Edgar Allan Poe
"I'm so glad you're here, Anne," said Miss Lavendar, nibbling at her candy. "If you weren't I should be blue...very blue...almost navy blue. Dreams and make-believes are all very well in the daytime and the sunshine, but when dark and storm come they fail to satisfy. One wants real things then. But you don't know this . . . seventeen never knows it. At seventeen dreams DO satisfy because you think the realities are waiting for you further on. When I was seventeen, Anne, I didn't think forty-five would find me a white-haired little old maid with nothing but dreams to fill my life."
From Anne of Avonlea, by L. M. Montgomery. When we read this, my mom and I were floored by the "Forty-five is way old" thing!
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It was a pleasure to burn!!!!
In celebration of the first day of autumn, I offer you one synonymous with the season:
"He knew it was autumn again, because Torry came romping into the house bringing the windy crisp cold smell of autumn with him. In every black curl of his dog hair he carried autumn. Leaf flakes tangled in his dark ears and muzzle, dropping from his white vest, and off his flourished tail. The dog smelled just like autumn."
~ Ray Bradbury, "The Emissary" from Dark Carnival
"I always say that you should remake flops, not hits." -- Richard Benjamin
"Why take a good old movie and make it bad? Why not take a bad old movie and make it good?" -- Jay Leno
Great minds think alike, eh?
"The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm. He came along the street of Green Town, Illinois, in the late cloudy October day, sneaking glances over his shoulder. Somewhere not so far back, vast lightnings stomped the earth. Somewhere, a storm like a great beast with terrible teeth could not be denied."
4:56pm EDT ~ "Happy 1st Day of October, Mr. Bradbury!!!"
“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.”
~ Ray Bradbury, The October Country
"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."
“Mr. Watson — Come here — I want to see you!"
*The magnitude of this forwarded message, in view of today's world of insta-everything, is not unlike the first flinted spark or chiseled wheel.
Also, a good friend of Helen Keller! Today ~ Happy BD Mr. Bell: 3/3/1847
If ever your travels are to Nova Scotia, this must be a part of your journey. Amazing seafood, coastal environs, colorful small communities, and friendly people:
Just shared this "Quote" with a very close family friend who has had nearly two years of continuous health challenges. She is a teacher of children, a trainer of sled dogs, a fundraiser to our Veterans, a woman of country heritage, a truly dedicated wife, and loving family member!
St.FA's message is True for all of us . . .
Our home has not had a television "cabled-up" for over ten years. Books abound! Wonderful!
I guess just too busy with "doing and being" than to sit and to wait for a two minute commercial to persuade us to buy Denham's "Dentrifice"!
RE: A poet and visionary RB was!
"The major networks, the cable networks, they're being prosecutors. They're judges and jurors and executioners. Well, c'mon, that's ridiculous. But they're doing it." ~Ray Bradbury
Enjoy and Be Well. . .
Is anyone even reading the Politics thread?
I read them all!
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