Black Swan and Rattlesnake

Held captive in the doldrums Friday evening (by Justice Scalia and the Texas Legislature), I told David I needed to see Black Swan to make me feel better. I knew even as I said it that my wish was ultra-self-contradictory, sort of oxymoronic with the emphasis on moron. Anyone who's seen the publicity knows Black … Continue reading Black Swan and Rattlesnake

Tizzy

Last night I began a post about the proposed cuts to library funding now before the Texas Legislature. A 99% reduction to state funding to school libraries. Elimination of state funding for public library TexShare databases. Elimination of funding for K-12 data bases. Elimination of state funding for direct aid to public libraries. I was … Continue reading Tizzy

Would I Lie?

TO LIE, TO LAY, AND TO LAY EXAMPLES THROWN ONTO THE PAGE AS THEY SPRANG TO MIND NOT INTENDED TO BE THE FIRST, LAST, MIDDLE, OR INFALLIBLE WORD ON THE SUBJECT DISCLAIMER: ANY CONFUSION EXPERIENCED AFTER READING IS SOLELY THE READER'S PROBLEM   Verb: to lie (to recline)—takes no object Anne lies on her bed … Continue reading Would I Lie?

Pact and Peoria

There was a young girl from Peoria Whose name was Regina Victoria. Said she with a sigh, “It is certain that I Should reside at the Waldorf-Astoria.” I've made a pact: I will write for at least forty-five minutes each morning before going on-line to check e-mail. When I start with e-mail, a message leads … Continue reading Pact and Peoria

Sores on the tops of the horses

Writing about his college years, James Thurber tells the story of Haskins, an agriculture student who takes up journalism, "possibly on the ground that when farming went to hell he could fall back on newspaper work." Haskins is assigned the animal husbandry beat, which comprises cows, sheep, and over two hundred horses. Unfortunately, he is … Continue reading Sores on the tops of the horses

Recycled: Burnt Toast

The following post originally appeared on Whiskertips. For those unfortunate enough to have missed it the first time, I repeat it here. ~~~~~~~~~~ I burn toast. It's hereditary. My mother burned toast. My grandmother burned toast. In fact, once when my grandmother was making cornbread dressing for Christmas dinner, she burned the toast three consecutive … Continue reading Recycled: Burnt Toast

The Tale of Kerwin, Part III

I realized only yesterday that I left the story of Kerwin's ostracism unfinished. When I left off, I had just--whoops!--Mary had just walked into the front room of the library and found Kerwin sitting beside the door, where she had left him over a half-hour before. He looked a little pale. Mary felt a little … Continue reading The Tale of Kerwin, Part III

Get right to the action

There's a bit of a flap over Downton Abbey, the British television series now being shown on PBS's Masterpiece Theater. It's been reported that the version shown in the U. S. was cut from eight hours to six. The change seems to be rooted in Americans' short attention span and desire to get right to … Continue reading Get right to the action