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Quote #65 – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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“January, month of empty pockets! Let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead.”

  –Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

 

(Nuthin’ in MY pockets this month, except lint!)

 

Quote #64 – John Gardner

“In nearly all good fiction, the basic – all but inescapable – plot form is this: A central character wants something, goes after it despite opposition, perhaps including his own doubts, and so arrives at a win, lose, or draw.”
     –John Gardner

Quote #63 – Henry David Thoreau

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“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

     –Henry David Thoreau

(Maybe this will be of comfort to those of you whose days are currently filled with an excess of those cold, white flakes?)

Quote #62 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The roses under my window make no reference to former roses or better ones; they are what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”

     –Ralph Waldo Emerson

How beautiful is this quote?  And how perfect is the message that we should live in the moment, never comparing ourselves to anyone else, but accepting that we are each beautiful in our own unique way?  This is a card made for me by my very good friend and fellow gardener and rose lover, Nicki.  The photo is from her own garden, and is of an old-world rose called Souvenir de la Malmaison, which we both grow and love for its beauty and fragrance.  Thank you, Nicki, for taking the time to make this for me, and for tucking it into my Christmas “basket.”  It is keeping me company on my desk even as I type, framed to protect it for many years.  I have resolved to read the message often, and strive to remember these words every day!

Quotes #60 and #61 – Erma Bombeck

“When humor goes, there goes civilization.”

“If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.”

–Erma Bombeck

 

(These two quotes pretty much sum up my general philosophy of life. Remember to laugh today!)

Auld Lang Syne

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Based on a poem by Scotland’s Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne is traditionally sung here in the U. S. at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.  The words “Auld Lang Syne” refer to “Times Gone By,” though the literal translation is more like “Old Long Since.” Whether you think of it as “days gone by,” “old times,” or even “for the sake of old times,” there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be singing it tomorrow night.  Or at least humming along as the ball drops in Times Square. (We oldsters seldom go out that late, so we usher in the new year via television these days.)

The song asks us if we should forget old acquaintances and days gone by? Of course not. And it encourages us to “drink a cup of kindness” for those acquaintances and those long gone days. 

If you plan to sing along, here you go:

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

In days of auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We’ll drink a cup o’ kindness yet,

For auld lang syne!”

Happy New Year!

 

Quote #59 – Dave Barry

“Don’t you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words! And they don’t even have to be true!”

     –Dave Barry on Journalism/Writing

 

(Note: It explains SO much.)

Christmas Quote #6 – Grace Noll Crowell

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“Whatever else be lost among the years,

Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing;

Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,

Let us hold close one day,remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.

Let us get back our childlike faith again.

     – Grace Noll Crowell

Christmas Quote #5 – Eva K. Logue

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“A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small.”

      – Eva K. Logue

Christmas Quote #4 – Bess Streeter Aldrich

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“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.”

–Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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One of the most familiar carols of the Christmas Season, most people don’t know the story of Longfellow’s poem.  When I first learned what lay behind it, I listened to the carol in a whole new way.  Read more…

Christmas Quote #3 – Charles Dickens

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“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

        ~ Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English author. From ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Christmas Quote #2 – Dr. Seuss

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“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”
     –Dr. Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

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Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and Read more…

Christmas Quote #1 – Laura Ingalls Wilder

kerst112“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”

     –Laura Ingalls Wilder

Quote #58 – Cyril Connolly

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
    

     –Cyril Connolly

Quote #57 – E. L. Doctorow

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

     –E. L. Doctorow

Quote #56 – Ursula LeGuin

“The story is not in the plot but in the telling.
     –Ursula K. LeGuin

(Truer words were never spoken!)

Quote #55 – Alfred Hitchcock

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
     –Alfred Hitchcock

Quote #54 – Mark Twain

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“The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell, together, as quickly as possible.”
     –Mark Twain

(Certainly BAD fiction makes me feel just that way.)

Quote #53 – Jim Butcher

“I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching–they are your family.”

–Jim Butcher, Proven Guilty

Quote #52 – Jim Butcher

“Jobs are a part of life. Maybe you’ve heard of the concept. It’s called work? See, what happens is that you suffer through doing annoying and humiliating things until you get paid not enough money. Like those Japanese game shows, only without all the glory.”

  –Jim Butcher, “Blood Rites”

Quote #51 – W. Somerset Maugham

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

      —W. Somerset Maugham

Passages #1 – Garden Spells

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I thought it might be fun to post some of my favorite passages from various books.  The beginning of Sarah Addison Allen’s magical Garden Spells is one I really love. Enjoy! (And read the book, if you haven’t already.  It’s lovely!)

“Every smiley moon, without fail, Claire dreamed of her childhood. She always tried to stay awake those nights when the stars winked and the moon was just a cresting sliver smiling provocatively down at the world, the way pretty women on vintage billboards used to smile as they sold cigarettes and limeade. On those nights in the summer, Claire would garden by the light of the solar-powered footpath lamps, weeding and trimming the night bloomers–the moon vine and the angel’s trumpet, the night jasmine and the flowering tobacco. These weren’t a part of the Waverly legacy of edible flowers, but sleepless as she often was, Claire had added flowers to the garden to give her something to do at night when she was so wound up that frustration singed the edge of her nightgown and she set tiny fires with her fingertips.”

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Quote #50 – William Faulkner

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.”
 

–William Faulkner

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