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P = penny…

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Have you been offered a P2016enny
for your thoughts lately?

I have.
What’s with that!
With the economy, inflation and cost of living
my thoughts are worth more than a P2016enny.
Then if you factor in my age and life experience
the value of my thoughts goes up considerably.

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People should offer at least one hundred
P2016ennies for my thoughts.
I’d say more than a dollar but I am a
thoughtful thought-filled person, not a greedy one.

That’s my post for the letter
P2016

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The most common…

In Other Words

“The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Alice Walker

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“Whether you think…

In Other Words

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” 
Henry Ford

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Breaking rules…

Lost in Translation’s Thursday’s Special
prompt this week

Breaking The Rules

cactus

This is my Christmas cactus breaking the rules blooming in the Spring.
I am all for any bit of rebellion that is beautiful and brings a smile.
It is not a total rebel though, it only has one flower;
a big beautiful flower that makes me smile.

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Attention and generosity…

The quote for this weeks
In Other Words

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
Simone Weil

On first reading I totally agreed with this quote then I thought about it some and now I agree but with reservations.  Maybe I am being cynical in my thinking but not all attention is pure or generous.  Often it is mean-spirited and ugly causing embarrassment, unhappiness, and pain.  We just have to look at the news programs and reality shows to see that not all attention is good.

Young children and teens who receive love and guidance and encouragement know the generosity of attention.  However, too many children have inappropriate and abusive attention given them. The elderly who are visited and given love and respect know the generosity of attention.  But those who are cheated by unscrupulous people and spoken to as if they are children know the dark side of attention. Those who are ill or disabled who are cared for and included in not only the special occasions of life but in ordinary everyday life have the generous attention of others.  Yet many are laughed at and teased by others whose attentions are not pure and generous.

Perhaps if I had the context of the quote I would completely agree but as it stands I do not.  I would like it better if the quote was, “Loving attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”  But then maybe the attention I have given this quote is not generosity in its rarest and purest form.

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The very good, good and not so good…

Somehow I thought I already posted this
but apparently I dreamed it.
So, here are the books I read in January.

gray

This was really good.  But I have yet to read a Grisham book that I didn’t like.  A young attorney loses her job in a big firm in NYC due to the recession.  She takes a job as an intern with a small law office that does free work for the folks in a small Appalachian town. At first the book was interesting but not one I couldn’t put down.  I kept on because it is a Grisham book.  Glad I did because the last sentence of chapter 22 was a stunner. Totally didn’t expect what happened. The young attorney finds herself in the middle of a legal battle with big coal companies.  There is a killing, lots of lies, her first real trial, and the questions she begins to find answers for about what to do with her life.

dead

This is one of Sandford’s Virgil Flowers books.  Another very good one.  Flowers is a police officer in Minnesota’s Department of Criminal Apprehension. He prefers fishing over work but does find himself in some interesting cases.  In this one, it starts out with Virgil unofficially helping a friend solve some dognappings.  Then there is a murder he is officially assigned to that leads to a professional meth lab  and the school board. Interested?  It is all connected and takes a while to sort out.  But being the cop he is Virgil gets the bad guys.  For some serious crimes taking place, there is a lot of humor.

south

This was a good read and fun for me because I know the author and his wife and most of it takes place here in Columbia where we live.  A handsome but not too successful attorney wins a multi-million dollar case that turns his life into a circus.  His wife leaves him for another woman, he is hired to do legal spots on national tv, tries to help his brother and their sort of adopted brother solve the murder of his mother and a couple other older women in Columbia and enters the singles scene after a long time away.  There is a lot going on in this book with many different story lines and subplots.  It’s worth reading, sweet and funny in spite of the murders.

anne

I have told you a bit about this book before.  It was an ok book just not my cup of tea.  It was interesting in that the author Anne Perry had another life before she was the best-selling mystery writer.  When she was a teenager in New Zealand she and a friend murdered the friend’s mother.  It was a sensational case that got lots of press in the 50’s. The background of the story is rather eerie and frightening.  Anne Perry has paid the price for her crime and has worked to come to terms with what she did.  Her past was a secret for years then her story was found and reopened in the media.

The main emphasis of the book is her writing and the process of how she does it.  There are a lot of references to and quoting from her books.  To me, it just became a bit tedious. One thing I did learn is that I would never make it as a writer if it is as repetitive, aggravating, and boring as the book makes it out to be.

If you read this or have read it do tell me what you think.

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