Happy Valentine’s Day from Me, and “To My Valentine” from Ogden Nash

More than a catbird hates a cat, Or a criminal hates a clue, Or the Axis hates the United States, That's how much I love you. I love you more than a duck can swim, And more than a grapefruit squirts, I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore, And more than … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day from Me, and “To My Valentine” from Ogden Nash

One Dollar and Eighty-Seven Cents

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. … Continue reading One Dollar and Eighty-Seven Cents

Diary of Louisa May Alcott: Virtues and Vices

Louisa wrote in her journal about a conversational lesson with Mr. Lane: "What virtues do you wish more of?" asks Mr. Lane. I answer:-- Patience,                Love,                Silence, Obedience,            Generosity,     Perseverance, Industry,       … Continue reading Diary of Louisa May Alcott: Virtues and Vices

An Evening of Patience

I spent the evening at a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience or, Bunthorne's Bride and feel compelled to share. Patience is the story of two poets--Reginald Bunthorne, an idyllic poet; and Archibald Grosvenor, a fleshly poet--both of whom love Patience, the milkmaid. Patience, a happy girl who at first says she has never loved anyone except her … Continue reading An Evening of Patience