Animals, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Happy Mole Day!

He thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before—this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Happy Mole Day!

History, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Swift and Sure

‘For,’ said he, ‘as flourishing a Condition as we may appear to be in to Foreigners, we labour under two mighty Evils: a violent Faction at home, and the Danger of an Invasion, by a most potent Enemy, from abroad. As to the first, you are to understand, that for about seventy Moons past there have been two struggling Parties… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Swift and Sure

Animals, Entertainment, Family, Feminism, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: “Once Upon A Time”

My last post has me reminiscing about the books I loved as a kid.  And about Beatrix Potter, feminist icon.  (No, that's a bit of a stretch.  But boy, howdy what a girl!)  Here's a post I wrote on Ricochet on July 28, 2017: Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “Once Upon A Time”

Family, History, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen

No, that’s not actually the quote of the day. It’s just a line from one of my favorite poems. The actual quote of the day for today, September 20, 2020, is “Of all losses, time is the most irrecuperable for it can never be redeemed.”–King Henry VIII I have no idea if Henry VIII ever actually… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen

Culture, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: The Pithiest Book Review Ever

Few American writers of the twentieth century so embody the quotably pungent and pithy in their prose as does Dorothy Rothschild Parker. Google her name, and her often caustic, witty, gems just tumble out at you: “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”–“If you want to know what God thinks… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: The Pithiest Book Review Ever

Family, Family Matters, Farming, History, Literature, Religion

In Praise of Proverbs 31

RWKJ's note:  Please forgive me for republishing this oldie but goodie.  The sentiments expressed, as they relate to the obligations, permanency, and sacredness of the marital compact between a man and a woman, are close to my heart, especially at the moment.  I was lucky enough to be married to a man who was secure… Continue reading In Praise of Proverbs 31

Beauty, History, Literature, Love, Relationships

Wisdom From My Granny

I had my last conversation with Granny (my mother’s mother) not too long before she died. She was in her mid-eighties at the time, almost bedridden from the arthritis that had plagued her for decades, and mentally, she was getting a little bit woolly. The past, though, was still clear in her mind, and she… Continue reading Wisdom From My Granny

Family, Humor, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: “Mollocking in the Sukebind”

I had a peripatetic childhood, and by the time I finished high school I’d attended well over a dozen schools on three different continents, with time off for good behavior during a glorious year (in about third grade) where there wasn’t a school anywhere in sight. My mother, who was largely disinterested in her parenting… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “Mollocking in the Sukebind”

Friendship, Gardening, Literature, Plain Speaking

Occasional Quote of the Day: A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end. What is the best way to handle disagreements? Between friends? Between foes? William Blake, eccentric and brilliant man, early Romantic Poet, Biblical scholar, anti-establishmentarian, advocate for the Free Love movement (who once asked his devoted wife Catherine if it would be alright… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: A Poison Tree