21st Reading


3rd SUNDAY 12-18-11

Second Annual Holiday Showcase

This was a special open mic showcase without a featured poet, including both poetry and acoustic music.

Owls are one of the only birds
who can see the color blue.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street
were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver
in Frank Capra's Christmas film, "Its A Wonderful Life".

The longest word in the English language,
according to the Oxford English Dictionary,
is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
The only other word with the same amount of letters is
itís plural.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."

Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of F.

The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without
repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz"
was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum,
looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z,
hence "Oz."

Jarod Hensel

Tim Christensen

Bill "Pappy" Sedgeman

Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves
when they rode past their king. This custom has become
the modern military salute.

Wallace Condon

It's none of their business that you have to learn to write.
Let them think you were born that way.
Ernest Hemingway

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist,
and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.
Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus."
Francis Pharcellus Church

Taylor Graham

A Christmas Carol is such a fool-proof story you canít louse it up.
(Author Unknown)

"I am doing nothing and thinking about the landlady.
Do I have the talent to compare with our modern Russian writers?"
Leo Tolstoy

Hatch Graham

Men of genius do not excel in any profession
because they labour in it,
but they labour in it because they excel.

Believe in yourself and what others think wonít matter.

What thou thyself hatest, do to no other man.
Tobit, IV.C. 180 B.C.

Vangie Schumann

There is a fountain of youth:
it is your mind, your talents,
the creativity you bring to your life
and the lives of people you love.
When you learn to tap this source,
you will truly have defeated age.
Sophia Loren

J. Lynn o'Flaherty

If you can't annoy somebody,
there's little point in writing.
Kingsley Amis

Once the grammar has been learned,
writing is simply talking on paper
and in time learning what not to say.
Beryl Bainbridge

There are only four words in the English
language which end in "-dous":
tremendous, horrendous,
stupendous, and hazardous.

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms
which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

Q is the only letter in the alphabet
that does not appear in the
name of any of the United States.

No word in the English language
rhymes with orange, month, silver, and purple.

You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog.

Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

Oren Arnold

There is no ideal Christmas;
only the Christmas you decide to make
as a reflection of your
values, desires, affections, traditions.
Bill McKibben

Once again, we come to the holiday season,
a deeply religious time that each of us observes,
in our own way, by going to the mall of our choice.
Dave Barry

Donald R. Anderson

A writer ó and, I believe, generally all persons
must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource.
All things have been given to us for a purpose,
and an artist must feel this more intensely.
All that happens to us, including our humiliations,
our misfortunes, our embarrassments,
all is given to us as raw material, as clay,
so that we may shape our art.

Jorge Luis Borges,
Twenty Conversations with Borges,
Including a Selection of Poems:
Interviews by Roberto Alifano
1981Ė1983 (1984)

Stephen M. Wilson

It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.
Gerald Brenan

Marie J. Ross

There are so many different kinds of writing
and so many ways to work
that the only rule is this:
do what works.
Almost everything has been tried
and found to succeed for somebody.
The methods,
even the ideas of successful writers
contradict each other in a most heartening way,
and the only element I find common
to all successful writers is persistence,
an overwhelming determination to succeed.

Sophy Burnham

Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book
in every Dewey-decimal category.

Dr. Jf (Jose) Cantu

Christmas is for children.
But it is for grownups too.
Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare,
it is a period of necessary defrosting
of chill and hide-bound hearts.
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Malen Stroh

A dramatist is a congenital eavesdropper
with the instincts of a Peeping Tom.
Kenneth Tynan

Ann Edelstein

Technique alone is never enough.
You have to have passion.
Technique alone is just an embroidered potholder.
Raymond Chandler

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.

Clarissa Lule and Kip Taser

Without music, life would be an error.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Sarah Moschella

And in the end,
the love you take
is equal to the love you make.
The Beatles

Jarod Hensel

I've never known a musician who regretted being one.
Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you,
music itself is not going to let you down.
Virgil Thomson

Where words fail, music speaks.
Hans Christian Andersen

D.B. Pacini

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Alan Key

The thing about good music is this;
if you were to take out all the lyrics in a song,
you'll still know what the song's about.
Jimi Hendrix

If youre lucky enough to be different from everybody else, don't change.
Taylor Swift

I wish every mom and dad
would make this speech to their teenagers:

Kids, be free,
be whatever you are,
do whatever you want to do,
just as long as you don't hurt anybody.
And remember kids, I am you friend.'"

From the musical Hair.

Festina lente.
(Greek: Make haste slowly.)

The secret of good writing
is to say an old thing in a new way
or to say a new thing in an old way.
Richard Harding Davis