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The other day as I was browsing The Common Room, I came across a post by Pipsqueak, about the books she had read in March. Among them was a new book by Lemony Snicket, titled “Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid”. It sounded interesting, so I went to the library and read it myself. For the most part, the tidbits in it are funny, and this is one that I found particularly amusing:

“Of all the ridiculous expressions people use – and people use a great many ridiculous expressions – one of the most ridiculous is “No news is good news.” “No news is good news” simply means that if you don’t hear from someone, everything is probably fine, and you can see at once why that expression makes such little sense, because everything being fine is only one of the many, many reasons why someone may not contact you. Perhaps they are tied up. Maybe they are surrounded by fierce weasels, or perhaps they are wedged tightly between two refrigerators and cannot get themselves out. The expression might well be changed to “No news is bad news,” except that people may not be able to contact you because they have just been crowned king or are competing in a gymnastics tournament. The point is that there is no way to know why someone has not contacted you, until thy contact you and explain themselves. For this reason, they sensible expression would be “No news is no news,” except that it is so obvious it is hardly an expression at all.”

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Now go to your local library, and read the book for yourself. There’s a whole lot more interesting things in there, some maybe even funnier. If your library doesn’t have it, shame on them!

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A Single Light

I know, it’s been a while since I last posted. Oh well better late than never. I won’t bother you with apologies this time, I’ll just get right into what I have to post.
This is a Snippet out of a book I just finished reading, called “A Single Light”, by Maia Wojciechowska. I have no idea where that last name came from. If any one knows, comment and tell us, so the rest of us can know, too.
This isn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but I thought this little bit was pretty good.

A snippet from “A Single Light”:

Larry had wanted to spare the priest the horror he had seen in the hills. He did not want to shock this man, who obviously knew as little about people as he himself did. But in his anger he told the priest all he had witnessed and felt.
“A tragedy can alter the course of human hearts,” the priest said.
“Didn’t you hear me?” Larry Katchen shouted. “Those people turned into killers back in those hills! You yourself said that you did not know them. Well, I do! They’re savages and the girl must be kept from them.
“If they have harmed anyone, they will not be the same ever again.”
“People don’t change!”
“That’s not true,” the priest said. “You have changed. And so have I. An act can change people, so can an idea.” Larry Katchen watched the road and tried not to listen. “Sometimes we forget the most important facts,” the priest continued. “I had forgotten that we did not kill Christ. If we had, we would not have survived our guilt. He died for us. That is the great difference. And it is that difference which makes me different today from the man I was yesterday.”

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A Quote

This is a quote that I read off of one of the blogs my mother reads, called “Like Merchant Ships“, and she got this quote out of a book she got from the library, called “Things I Want My Daughters to Know”, by Alexandra Stoddard. I myself have not read the book, but I thought this quote was amazing, and wanted to share it with my readers.

To live content with small means;
To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;
To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich;
To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;
To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.
–William Henry Channing

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An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

And one more (which is my absolute favorite quote of all time)…

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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