Saturday, December 20, 2014

My most valuable book

(I am speaking here of monetary value, not of spiritual value, although this is a very useful book.) For years I had read references to Semple's A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia, published in 1810. I had resolved to get a copy when I got enough money stuck back. Finally I got the cash and asked a professional book-finder to get one for me. He found an original edition in good structural shape, which made it all the more valuable. Finally it arrived, and when I opened the package and looked at the title page, handwritten across it was "John Leland's Book." Some of you may not know who John Leland was, but he was a Baptist minister who was a profound thinker and writer on religious freedom and political science and who, because he knew personally some of the framers of the Constitution and vigorously expressed his views about it, was significantly instrumental in helping to bring about the Bill of Rights.

So, it appears that I have John Leland's personal copy of Semple's book, which is sort of like having a copy of the Declaration of Independence signed by Thomas Jefferson.

Art vs. jute

What Corky kicked at was the way the above Worple used to harry him. Corky's uncle, you see, didn't want him to be an artist. He didn't think he had any talent in that direction. He was always urging him to chuck Art and go into the jute business and start at the bottom and work his way up. And what Corky said was that, while he didn't know what they did at the bottom of the jute business, instinct told him that it was something too beastly for words.

(from Carry On, Jeeves, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

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Tardigradous - word of the day

Tardigradous: slow-paced; moving or stepping slowly.

(from Webster's 1828 Dictionary)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Older must be steadier

Frequently as we grow older we make up for our slacking speed by becoming steadier. We do not go as fast, but we have less ups and downs. That has to be the case, or our production will die off drastically.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A joke from The Halls of Ivy

Dr. Hall: Nature abhors a vacuum

Mrs. Hall: Nature never tried to get cigarette ashes out of a rug with a  broom.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Matrimonial advertisement

"Widow in South Bend wants to meet millionaire with heart trouble."

(from Fibber McGee and Molly)

Candy that had to be laid aside

When I was a child, Sugar Daddies were one of my absolute favorite candies. They tasted great and lasted a long time. However, how that my mouth is filled with fillings, it is not advisable for me to eat them.

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The beauty of silence

He liked people, but he felt there was nothing like being alone in the desert or among the mountains, for it is then you begin to know hem. The wilderness does not hare its secrets with the noisy or the talkative; its secrets come to you with silence.

(from Callaghen, by Louis Lamour)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Benita Colman's laugh

Benita (Hume) Colman was a star on one old radio program (The Halls of Ivy) and a frequest guest star on another (Jack Benny). She had a wonderful gift for radio comedy, and one feature that made her performances so entertaining was her laugh. It was infectious. It never sounded artificial, but completely natural and spontaneous, and added significantly to the quality of the broadcasts.

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Keeping your mouth shut

Much of a man's character is revealed in what he does not say. Self-control is the underlying principle of much of our virtue.

Sheep-bite - word of the day

Sheep-bite: To practice petty thefts

(from Webster's 1828 Dictionary)

Monday, December 15, 2014

What is fashion?

"Fashion is the lunatic fringe on the cloak of style. Style is a product of the times. Fashion is the product of salesmanship." (from the Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour, September 1, 1938)

Cosmetics an ancient thing

Magnifying female charms very ancient optical illusion.

(from Charlie Chan at the Circus)

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

In-laws are a legitimate question

There are MANY questions beside love that have to be answered by a couple before they consider marriage. In-laws is just one of them, but it is a legitimate question that must be answered. It is a problem that has to be faced, and if the proposition is a difficult one anyway, a touchy in-law situation might make it unworkable.