Forever hold your penguin dear

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Jack Lemmon Emma and I watched “March of the Penguins” for the first time on Saturday night. I know the whole world has seen it by now, but we hadn’t. Mr. Brilliant had to leave the room; even though he is a man wont to...

Be conscious of your treasures

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” – John E. Southard In the U.S., this week marks our Thanksgiving holiday. A vegetarian, there will be no turkey on my table, but plenty of that congealed cranberry sauce from a...

Listen to writers

Turns out, it really is true. We all get 15 minutes of fame. Unless we are in a writing group that has to split that 15 minutes by the twelve of us, in which case our fifteen minutes is down to around 2.5 minutes per person. [I know the math is all wrong, but bear...

Rest your stems

"All man’s troubles come from not knowing how to sit still in one room." – Blaise Pascal My good and wise friend in New Zealand, Richard, evidently determined recently that I needed instruction in how to be idle. Imagine my delight when a book...

Sit very, very still with Slumpy

"He moves nice. It’s his stillness that’s not right.” – Marilyn Whirlwind Years ago, I was on I-40, driving from Greensboro, North Carolina, to a small town several hours west of there, when I heard a loud bang, an explosion, then a deafening sharp scary ongoing...