22nd Reading


3rd SUNDAY 01-22-12

Katy Brown

Katy Brown wanted to be a lumberjack
but poetry chose her instead.

We don't see things as they are;
we see them as we are.
AnaÔs Nin

Never trust anyone
who has not brought
a book with them.

Lemony Snicket
Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you,
I could walk through my garden forever.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Logic will get you from A to Z;
imagination will get you everywhere.
Albert Einstein

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens,
was published in serial form in 1841,
readers all over Britain and the United States
followed the progress of the heroine, Little Nell,
with the same fervor that audiences
today follow Harry Potter.
When the ship carrying the last installment
approached the dock in New York,
6,000 impatient fans onshore
called out to the sailors,
"Does Little Nell die?"

Tim Christensen

If the world were merely seductive,
that would be easy.
If it were merely challenging,
that would be no problem.
But I arise in the morning
torn between a desire to improve the world
and a desire to enjoy the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day.
E.B. White

D.B. Pacini introducing Katy Brown

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Steve Martin

Featured Poet/Photographer Katy Brown

A beautiful marriage of poetry and photography.

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
they are the most accessible
and wisest of counselors,
and the most patient of teachers.
Charles William Eliot

I like nonsense;
it wakes up the brain cells.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
Dr. Seuss

If you don't know where you are going,
any road will get you there.
Lewis Carroll

Fairy tales are more than true;
not because they tell us that dragons exist,
but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
G.K. Chesterton

No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted.

Don't kill the dream - execute it.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit;
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

The line,
"To boldly go where no man has gone before"
was hijacked verbatim
from a 1957 White House booklet
on space exploration.
It is one of the more famous examples
of a split infinitive
and is grammatically incorrect.

Happiness is when what you think,
what you say,
and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths
of whatever solid and durable
happiness there is in our lives.
C.S. Lewis

I'm nobody, who are you?
Emily Dickinson

We'll be friends forever,won't we, Pooh? asked Piglet.
Even longer, Pooh answered.

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan.
There was never a recorded Wendy before.

When tempted to fight fire with fire,
remember that the fire department usually uses water.

When once your point of view is changed,
the very thing which was so damning
becomes a clue to the truth.
Sherlock Holmes

Nothing that you have not given
away will ever be really yours.
C.S. Lewis

If a picture is worth a thousand words,
what is a picture of a thousand words worth?

Give to every human being
every right that you claim for yourself.
Robert Ingersoll

The shortest and surest way
of arriving at real knowledge
is to unlearn the lessons
we have been taught,
to mount the first principles,
and take nobody's word about them.
Henry Bolingbroke

Never fear shadows.
They always mean
there is a light shining somewhere.
Jonathan Santos

Sucking all the marrow out of life
doesn't mean choking on the bone.
Dead Poets Society

What one man can invent,
another can discover.
Sherlock Holmes

Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing.

A word is dead when it is said, some say.
I say it just begins to live that day.
Emily Dickinson

If I could rearrange the alphabet,
I'd put U and I together.

Don't use words too big for the subject.
Don't say "infinitely"
when you mean "very";
otherwise you'll have no word left
when you want to talk about
something really infinite.
C.S. Lewis

If I think, and therefore I am, am I just a thought?

There was no punctuation until the 15th century.

We write to communicate to the hearts and minds
of others whatís burning inside us.
We edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
Arthur Plotnik

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
William Shakespeare
All's Well That Ends Well

There is nothing better than a friend,
unless it is a friend with chocolate.
Charles Dickens

All you need is love.
But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
Charles M. Schulz

Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?

During his lifetime,
artist Vincent Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings.

During his lifetime,
Herman Melville's Moby Dick sold only 50 copies.

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you.
You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.
Bob Marley

The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie."
(Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

'Almost' is the longest word in the English language
with all the letters in alphabetical order.

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.
Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?
George Carlin

Taylor Graham

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Mae West

Dr. Weiss, at forty,
knew that her life had been ruined by literature.
Anita Brookner, The Debut (1981)

Charles Dickens had to be facing north before he could write a word.

Hatch Graham

For the last 12 years of his life, Casanova was a librarian.

It took Noah Webster 36 years to write his first dictionary.

Leo Tolstoy wrote a large book called War and Peace
before computers and copying machines.
His wife had to copy his manuscript by hand seven times.

Michael Jordan makes more money
from Nike annually than all of the
Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

Marvin Smith

Donít go around saying the world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing.
It was here first.
Mark Twain

You don't have a soul.
You are a soul.
You have a body.
C.S. Lewis

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

The next time you feel like complaining remember:
Your garbage disposal probably eats better
than thirty percent of the people in this world.

It is what you read when you don't have to
that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
Oscar Wilde

J. Lynn o'Flaherty

Rudyard Kipling refused
to write with anything other than black ink.

We read to know that we are not alone.
C.S. Lewis

When young and impoverished,
Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.

The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

Jared Coffey

Last night I lay in bed
looking up at the stars in the sky
and I thought to myself,
"Where the heck is the ceiling?"

Listen to the mustn'ts, child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
then listen close to me ...
anything can happen, child,
anything can be.
Shel Silverstein

We are what we pretend to be,
so we must be careful
about what we pretend to be.
Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night


The only commonly-used English word
which has a syllable without a vowel
or an apostrophe is "Rhythm".

What's another word for thesaurus?

When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny?

What do Greeks say when they don't understand something?

Where does the white go when the snow melts?

Jim Turner

What do you say when someone says you're in denial,
but you're not?

Is there anything easier done than said?

Even in literature and art,
no man who bothers about originality
will ever be original:
whereas if you simply try to tell the truth
(without caring two pence
how often it has been told before)
you will, nine times out of ten,
become original without ever having noticed it.
C.S. Lewis

At a movie theater which arm rest is yours?

What does the T in T-Shirt really mean?

Glen Dais

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Since there is a rule that states
"i" before "e" except after "c",
wouldn't "science" be spelled wrong?

A person who is nice to you,
but rude to the waiter,
is not a nice person.

Sarah Moschella

The question isn't who is going to let me;
it's who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

Emily Dickinson wrote more than nine hundred poems,
only four of which were published during her lifetime.
In her will, she asked
that all of her poems be destroyed,
but her family refused to carry out this wish.

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that
you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually
learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.
Marilyn Monroe

Jerry Swafford

Marvin Smith & Jerry Swafford

If Plan A doesnít work,
the alphabet has 25 more letters.
Keep calm.

What's another word for synonym?

Why is the name of the phobia for the fear of long words

Poet/Musician D.R. Wagner

D.R. Wagner will be our feaured poet/musician 02-26-12.

There is more real lemon juice
in Lemon Pledge furniture polish
than in Country Time Lemonade.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain,
was the first novel written on a typewriter.

Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective story.
Before he wrote "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
and "The Mystery of Marie Roget"
the genre was totally unknown
in English or American literature.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote
"The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde"
in only three days.
Dissatisfied with the results,
he burned the original manuscript
and completely rewrote it
in three more days.
He claims the entire story came to him in a dream.

The word 'bookkeeper' is the only word
in the English language
with 3 back-to-back
double letter combinations.

How far east can you go before you're heading west?

Jarod Hensel

A woman with light yellow hair is called a blonde.
A man with light yellow hair is a blond.
Blonde and blond are gender specific
and are not interchangeable.

A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood.

Why is it that when you're driving
and looking for an address,
you turn down the volume on the radio?

Poet Trish

All you have to do is write one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence that you know.
Ernest Hemingway

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
Tom Stoppard

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
William Wordsworth

One must be drenched in words,
literally soaked in them,
to have the right ones form themselves
into the proper patterns at the right moment.
Hart Crane

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Katy's orchid plant.