Friday, July 30, 2010

The One With Random Quotes Since I'm Throwing Out These Little Sheets of Paper

*When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
-Margaret Chase Smith

*If women can sleep their way to the top, how come they aren't there?....There must be an epidemic of insomnia out there.
-Ellen Goodman

*There are three things I've yet to do: Opera, rodeo and porno.
-Bea Arthur

*I have bursts of being a lady, but it doesn't last long.
-Shelly Winters

*There's nothing on earth to do here but look at the view and eat. You can imagine the result since I do not like to look at views.
-Zelda Fitzgerald

*I'm no lady; I'm a member of Congress, and I'll proceed on that basis.
-Mary Norton

*I've tried several varieties of sex. The conventional position makes me claustrophobic. And the others either give me a stiff neck of lockjaw.
-Tallulah Bankhead

*Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what a freedom it really is.
-Margaret Mitchell

*For though I know he loves me
 Tonight my heart is sad
 His kiss was not so wonderful
 As all the dreams I had.
-Sarah Teasdale

*I think every women is entitled to a middle husband she can forget.
-Adele Rogers St. Johns

*Being a mother is a noble status, right? Right. So why does it change when you put "unwed" or "welfare" in front of it?
-Florynce Kennedy

*Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself.
-Jane Wagner

*Well, in the South they like you dead or away.
-Barry Hannah

*All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless, and brutal.
-Flannery O'Connor

*It costs so much to write a decent sentence.
-Maya Angelou

*It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
-Gertrude Stein

*If you don't like my book, write your own. If you don't think you can write a novel, that ought to tell you something.
-Rita Mae Brown

*Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the yard and shot it.
-Truman Capote

*My dog died. I went out there in the yard and looked at him and there he was, dead as a hammer. Boy, I hated it. I knew I'd have to look around and see about a shovel.
-Larry Brown, "Big Bad Love"

*In the South, perhaps more than any other region, we go back to our home in dreams and memories, hoping it remains what it was on a lazy, still summer's day twenty years ago.
-Willie Morris

*We wrestle with our words the way we do with our children, so as to get syncopated with them.
-Roy Blount Jr.

*Quite early, any Southerner with a literary turn begins to realize that the language around him is radioactive.
-Guy Davenport

*I have great faith in God. And I've always felt like I've been on a little higher spiritual plane because I pray all the time. And I just reach up, crawl under the wings of angels, and press on.
-June Carter Cash

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The One I Found While Organizing

(The names have been changed to protect the innocent adolescents. Also, this was written in 1997, so please excuse the inexperienced writing. Yes, I know to stay in one verb tense and avoid those be verbs now.)

The Night Monkey Came

I was in the hospital after Monkey was born. It had been a sleepless night that led to a sleepless day; everyone had been to the hospital and there had been someone in my room continually. Finally, everyone left at the end of visiting hours. Michael's rush had finally peaked, and his Superman returned to Clark Kent. I went to sleep at 10:00 knowing that at 11:00 I would wake up again to feed Monkey.

But at 2 a.m. I looked at the black and white schoolhouse clock and realized I'd finally gotten some rest. That's when the nurse rolled Monkey in. The room was completely black and the door released a triangle of light across Michael sleeping on the couch. The nurse whispered, "I came at 11:00, but mommy was sleeping, and daddy was sleeping, and baby was sleeping." 

It was the first time I had ever been called mommy and I realized I would always be Mommy. The nurse then put Monkey in my arms, and my life hasn't been the same since.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The One That is Easy After Three Years!

Three years. I KNOW! So I'm starting easy like a cliched bucket list.

The Stacies (You know them formerly by other names but not on THIS BLOG) and I had our first girl night out in several years, and of course crafts were involved. Our intent was to make, as in create a tangible likeness to, a bucket and fill it with our dreams. However, we settled for some twistable crayons and construction paper.

I tried to make it to fifty; however, the closer to THAT NUMBER I got, I realized my opportunities were dwindling and I wanted to make each dream count. We couldn't go over fifty, because, well, what would Morgan Freeman say?

Here goes in no particular order:

1. Visit Italy
2. Write books
3. Write a book with someone who is lots of fun
4. Fall in love with a meaningful outcome
5. Not be fat
6. Read the damn Victorians
7. Obligatory skydive, hopefully more than once
8. Publish short stories
9. Visit Globe Theatre
10. Take a long, long vacation with my sister without kids or men
11. See Dave Matthews Band with Monkey (my son)
12. Get a Therapy License
13. Deleted for privacy
14. Regain writing career with online presence
15. Interview with Oprah
16. Visit Israel
17. Go to the woods all transcendental like
18. Visit Graceland
19. Renew my wine collection
20. Live near my soul friends

So yeah, there's more, but that's what I got in one hour at Dixie Springs Cafe in McComb, and I think I'm going to work on what I've got before I add more. New blog updated. The end :)