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Runner, Runner and other ponderings

Margaret and I saw this movie, with Ben Afleck and Justin Timberlake. It was merely OK. I don’t usually care to write about movies that don’t deserve a glowing review. So, I’ll just say, you might miss this one.

Movies you may have missed, that I will see again: Source Code, Safety Not Guaranteed, Molière, Sling Blade, there’s one more – I’ll have to go research it. I probably already posted something about it, so it shouldn’t take long. Yes, I did already post an article for, “The Spectacular Now.”

The links in that paragraph above are chosen based on Google’s searh results. So, if a movie completely dominates the SERPs, I post a link to the Google results. If not, you’ll get a more direct hit on a page about the movie, instead of the SERPs. And, just so you don’t have to go look up SERPs….

Lately, it seems like writing for myself is almost not enough. Then, I went to the Palm Springs Writers Guild and listened to the author of “Letters to My Husband” and she convinced me I should continue.

So, here it is. Change is hard, but life without it is pointless. More to come, as we muddle through.

A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace

By  John Knowles

This was one of the Book Daily book samples posted today. One of the first books I read in high school, it’s pretty hard to forget. Clearly today I can still see the image of two boys out on a limb and recall my imagining what he meant by, “two pistons.”

If you’ve read this book, you know what I mean. If not, you might want to have a look. It’s not “The Catcher in the Rye”, but it is compelling.

Somewhat apropos, as I’m alone again this evening.

Reading Beautiful Prose – Redux

Yes, we will return to this material, time after time, as it comes to mind. Read my review on GoodReads.

To avoid simply launching into a laudatory description of my subject, I’ll start by saying this article provides an excerpt from the book; “Pioneer Ranch Life In Orange: A Victorian Woman In Southern California”; By Clark, Mary Teegarden – editor: Clark, Paul F.

That link provides search results, to save you some time. If you leave me right now, to go find and purchase the book, I won’t mind. Continue here, for just a brief glimpse of the beauty that is realized in poetic prose. 

My heartfelt gratitude goes to Paul Clark, for sharing his manuscript with me. Having this treasure allows me to share passages with you. Also, for allowing me to become one of the first to purchase the final product; thank you, Paul.

Without further ado (below is one particularly moving passage):

We have stayed on, not one year or two, but nearly twenty, and the life at “Yale Grove” had become only a precious heritage of memory.  The pink crape myrtle tree still carries high its rosy head, though he who loved it, walks no longer through earthly gardens, and the Catalonian jasmine drops its pure snow on the walk, where little tots played so long ago, picking up its petals for a chain.  The old pepper tree, with its unused swing, looks in vain for the children who romped beneath its leafy shade, and the one mocking bird, that ceased to sing when the dear Master left, is seen and heard no more.


That is the penultimate paragraph of the text written by Mary Teegarden Clark. Nearly moved to tears, as I re-read that passage, I offer it for your consideration, my dear readers. She has moved back to “the old home [La Porte] in Indiana” and is reflecting on and reminiscing about the old home in “Richland”, now known as Orange, CA, where her husband had died so many years ago.

The Palm Springs Writers Guild is back in session, with its first meeting concluded yesterday and a season of new workshops beginning soon. At PSWG, I met Paul Clark, the editor of this volume, (the first time, earlier this year) and had the privilege of providing assistance to him with some of the vagaries of Microsoft Word; thus helping him to push through to the final version of subject book for his publisher – The History Press

We’ve worked together to produce his website, where he shares his interests in History, especially as it applies to his beloved heritage in Orange County. Paul will soon be speaking at an event where he is scheduled to be a panelist at the Chapman University Book Festival on October 13th.