Obviously, have coffee and check Windy for the weather. But not according to Heloise who says, The first thing to do in the mornings is to put your dishes in the sink to soak and then make the beds! I don’t know why, but this is most important. It gives a woman a feeling of
Marie Kondo, guru of the “don’t be afraid to grab another trash bag” movement, recently drew ire from book-lovers. Kondo recommends we keep no more than 30 books in our homes, 30 books that “spark joy.” But who is to say what sparks joy today will spark joy tomorrow? https://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2019/02/the-american-bookstore-a-list/ There’s more but I need
Omni corrumpuntur et intabescunt in tempore; Saturnus quos generat devorare non cessat; … Or if you prefer… All things are corrupted and decay in time; Saturn ceases not to devour the children that he generates; all the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion, if God had not provided mortals with the remedy
’Tis the human touchin this world that counts,The touch of your hand and mine,Which means far moreto the fainting heartThan shelter and bread and wine.For shelter is gonewhen the night is o’er,And bread lasts only a day.But the touch of the handAnd the sound of the voiceSing on in the soul alway. Spencer Michael Free
But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near. Andrew MarvelEpigraph to A Study of History Volume X (1954) How is it possible that I do not have a complete set of A Study of History?* How is it possible that Archive dot org does not have Volume X? How is it
Dear Miss Manners: “My children are always saying such dreadful things to each other– derogatory personal remarks that I consider downright rude. They, and sometimes my wife, call them “just teasing.” What would you consider the polite side of teasing, and where, even in a family is it just nastiness? Gentle Reader: “Insulting is such
Dear Miss Manners: “All of my friends are going away for the holidays. I won’t have anyone to play with or invite over. This happens every time we have a vacation, and lots of times on weekends. Everybody goes to visit his father in nice places, and I have to stay home because my parents
Remember this…? From the first post in January’s Crappy old Book of the Month series? The days of the cave man have passed. Physical strength no longer gives prowess to the individual. What the twentieth century demands is the trained intellect. The man who knows is the man of the hour. The Standard Question Book and Home
What a delightful little book! You can borrow or read it at Internet Archive.
The Food Shopper’s CreedThe health of my family is in my care, therefore–I will base my market list on meals planned according to the “DIET PATTERN” p. 4I will choose foods of quality and in quantities that will provide the nutritive elements planned for. Stretching the food dollar is part of my responsibility, therefore–I will
There was remarkable unanimity in the choice of hymns. from the Forward The universal selection seemed to turn to “mother’s favorite,” which had be meant so much at the turning point of life’s highway. The choice of “Lead Kindly Light,” and “Come, Thou Fount,” “Rock of Ages,” “Nearer my God to thee” and other hymns
Thumbing through the “Literature” section of this month’s Crappy Old Book of the Month, The Standard Dictionary of Facts (1919), I came across two brief paragraphs on The Family Library. They were followed by several lists (in 6 pt. font– I measured!) recommending books for a small home library, and the children’s library (by age
I’m sorry to say I wasn’t able to find this volume online and capture a screen shot. And I did not want to break the book’s spine flattening it out too much. More… Why should we read poetry? We might as well ask why birds should sing… . “The taste for poetry is as natural
It’s Drudgery Monday and I am pleased to report that things on the book-cleaning front are going sweepingly, as Missy would say. The Treasure Chest is done and rearranged a bit. Shelves of mostly art books are done. Two sets of encyclopedias– each & every volume– dusted and put back. Ordinary encyclopedias are the worst.
I own that I am disposed to say grace upon twenty other occasions in the course of the day besides my dinner… . Why have we none for books? Charles Lamb as found in The Guide to Reading (1925) I like Charles, and Mary, too. Every child should have his own copy of Tales from
Originally published January 3, 2015. Funny. I had that One Hundred and One Famous Poems with a Prose Supplement laying on my desk for a few weeks and almost every time I picked it up, I read this poem. Why am I quoting so much poetry, you may wonder. Two reasons. 1) That’s just the
I’m not sure know where you’re coming from, but thanks for stopping by! Special mention of Dining with Donald who treks all over frozen Winnipeg in search of the best fast-food fried chicken. (As a Southerner, I’m happy to report that Popeyes is in the lead!) Donald– given your calling, I hope you are intrigued
from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (Random House, 1947 printing; original, 11th century; first English trans. by Fitzgerald, 1858) Then to the rolling Heav’n itself I cried | Asking, “What Lamp had Destiny to guide | “Her little Children stumbling in the Dark?” | And– “A blind Understanding!” Heav’n replied. Then to this earthen Bowl did
Democracy works (entre nous)– When a knowing intelligent few Tell the people: ‘You rule!’ And each plebeian fool Says: ‘Right, Guv’nor, what must we do?’ — W. Steward in The Penguin Book of Limericks, E.O. Parrott, ed., Bloomsbury Books, London, 1991.