When we hear Uncle Sidney tellAbout the long-agoAn’ old, old friends he loved so wellWhen he was young–My-oh!–Us childern all wish we’d ‘a’ binA-livin’ then with Uncle,–soWe could a-kindo’ happened inOn them old friends he used to know!–The good, old-fashioned people–The hale, hard-working people–The kindly country people‘At Uncle used to know! They was God’s people,
Love, as all men and women learn, is often only for a season, but a mortgage is for 30 years. Gerard Van der Leun, The Man Who Loved Not Wisely But at Least Twice Chuckle out loud. Please do read the story of Carl– the man who loved not wisely but at least twice. Delightful!
All the while I was wasting so much time engrossed with Volume Eight of Our Wonder World, I had in the back of my brain something I’d read a long time ago. I could paraphrase it well enough, but that wasn’t good enough. And then… “He welcomed the story as an old and dear friend.”
We live in an amazing time. On my desk are my phone, my iPad, two portable batteries that combined will turbo charge four devises, two external hard drives for backup, my laptop, a printer that talks to my phone, iPad and MacBook Pro without having to be physically connected to them, and a 3x5x0.5 inch
HOMEMAKING A happy home is one in which all the members of the family take pleasure in sharing their experiences and their abilities. Your home may be one room, a small apartment, a modest cottage, or a large house with many rooms. Whatever the size, the happiness of the home depends upon the skill and kindliness
Heaven gives our years of fading strength Indemnifying fleetness; And those of youth, a seeming length, Proportion’d to their sweetness. final stanza of Thomas Campbell’s, “The River of Life,” as found in Book Fourth of Palgrave’s Golden Treasury (Longmans, Green, green, and Co. (1905) Lines chosen while perusing because I can’t believe November’s almost over, and because I
I was examining one of the — I’ll actually count, hold on– eight (not counting the 18 which are assigned) crappy old books on my desk. Seventy Years of Textbook Publishing: A History of Ginn and Company 1867-1937 (1938) may not be for you, but it’s perfect lunch reading for me. That, of course, got
[Again, from when BigFoodetc was hosted by blogspot so excuse what need to be excused.] That’s correct. Herbert George Wells, the “Father of Science Fiction.” The Outline of History Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind was first published in 1920. (This is the revised edition of 1961. Both sub-titles are correct.) Reviews were
Here’s the first of a series from 2013. Bigfoodetc.com was still on the Blogger platform so I’ve cleaned it up a bit. At the time, I captioned this thusly: “No. It’s not an obsession. It’s a mission.” Michael H. Hart’s The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History has good ole’ Christopher
I doubt whether we are sufficiently attentive to the importance of elementary textbooks. C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man, 1944 I share this concern, but I have a question. Who is “we?”
To think in unrelated fragments is scarcely to think at all. If a thought is to be of real value, it must be direct, precise, and complete. A Writer’s Manual and Workbook Enlarged Edition. Paul P. Kies. F.S. Crofts & Co., New York. 1944.
And yes, I am cleaning off my real hunk of oak known as my desktop. Do you know what a safety water tube boiler is?
You are correct! I am cleaning off my desk! I made space for seven–7!– more books on my desktop. (And just so there’s no confusion, I’m referring to an actual real dead slab of oak.)
I am very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside traditional morality and attained power, has used that power benevolently. I am inclined to think that the Conditioners will hate the conditioned. Though regarding as an illusion the artificial conscience which they produce in us their subjects, they
Independence by A.A. Milne I never did, I never did, I never did like “Now take care, dear!” I never did, I never did, I never did want “Hold-my-hand”; I never did, I never did, I never did think much of “Not up there, dear!” It’s no good saying it. They don’t understand.
Politeness If people ask me I always tell them: “Quite well, thank you, I’m very glad to say.” If people ask me, I always answer, “Quite well, thank you, how are you today?” I always answer, I always tell them, If they ask me Politely…. BUT SOMETIMES I wish That they wouldn’t A.A. Milne (author
Literature Primers: Greek Literature. R.C. Jebb. American Book Company, New York. 1890. Reprinted: Kindle version only $0.99!
Hahaha. I’m just looking on Amazon for the link and I see one hardcover volume of this work is selling for $1799.99. Let me see if I can find one that’s less expensive. Much better. There’s also a Kindle edition and I think this is it at Gutenberg. How do we find ourselves lunching with
The main thing is to understand that in a world dominated by scientific methods and inventions the history of science should be the keystone of higher education. –George Sarton in the Preface to The Study of the History of Mathematics and The Study of the History of Science (second printing, 1957). From that infallible source: George
From the Introduction: The most valuable lesson to be learned by American youth from the history of the mother country is the worth of liberty, civil and religious. And now, back to Friday. Wait. What? “I want it! I want it! Can I have it? Can I? Can I? I want to learn!! GIMME GIMME