Book It Tuesdays #14

“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes


Book It Tuesdays #13

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

— Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

This is one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite children’s books. I like to think that some of my old, well loved stuffed animals have made the transition to “Real.” They wouldn’t win any prizes for looks and I’m pretty sure they’re held together by nothing but love at this point, but they were/are special to me and they all hold special memories.

What about you? Did you have a favourite stuffed animal that became “Real” because of love?

Keep Smiling!


Something About Sundays #13

“There is a place where the sidewalk ends
and before the street begins,
and there the grass grows soft and white,
and there the sun burns crimson bright,
and there the moon-bird rests from his flight
to cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
and the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
we shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow
and watch where the chalk-white arrows go
to the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
and we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
for the children, they mark, and the children, they know,
the place where the sidewalk ends.”

— Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Musical Saturdays #13

“Funny how a melody, sounds like a memory

Like a Soundtrack to a July Saturday Night”

— Eric Church, Springsteen

Songs have a way of taking you back to a particular place and time. Sometimes you might only have a vague recollection of the event, but the music can be tied to the emotion. Some songs might make you feel happy because of when you first listened to them. I have songs that aren’t particularly “summer” songs, but they always make me think of summertime.

Music is a powerful form of memory.

History Fridays #12 – Goodbye Terry Pratchett.

“History isn’t like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, re knitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always – eventually – manages to spring back into its old familiar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time.”

— Terry Pratchett, Mort

Today I found out that Terry Pratchett, one of my favourite authors (as in top 5 favourite), died yesterday. Fans have known for a while that this day would come sooner than we wished, as Pratchett suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimers. I knew it was coming. But I didn’t expect it. I kept the continuous hope of “just one more book.” There will be one more book that comes out this year (Pratchett finished it last year). But that’s it. For real this time. And that knowledge makes me very, very sad. I have more to say about Pratchett and how his writing has influenced my understanding of story and voice. I have more to say about my love of the world that he created. The characters. But not right now. Not today.

Today I will just be sad. And I will share with you one of the many history quotes included in the Discworld series.

And I will recommend that if you haven’t read any of his works that you consider picking one up. Part of the brilliance of the series is that you can start anywhere. The world is connected, the timeline flows, but each book can also stand alone. Not sure where to start? My favourite is Going Postal. It’s also the book that introduced me to Pratchett.