Creative Category: 14 Entries

March 28, 2008

Never Eat at a Restaurant Called Mom's

Never eat at a place called Mom's, never play cards with a guy named Doc, and never go to bed with anyone who has more troubles than you.
—Nelson Algren

Source: Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac for Friday, Mar. 28, 2008
See also:
> It is the birthday of Nelson Algren born in Detroit, Michigan in 1909. He died In Long Island, New York on May 9, 1981

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February 28, 2008

Do What You Can

Do what
You can
You are,
With what
You have!
—Theodore Roosevelt

Source: quotablecards: A card I gave myself on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 in Portland, Oregon.

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January 16, 2008

Happy Birthday, Robert W. Service, 2008 Anniversary

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.
—Robert W. Service

Source: Extract from The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service in his collection poems The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses published 1907
Today is the birthday of Robert W. Service, born in Preston, England in 1874 and died in Lancieux, C�tes-d'Armor, in Brittany, France on September 11, 1958.
It has been a tradition and an honor of mine to recite this poem (from the heart) at the campfire during our Annual Men's Gatherings, for the last 15 years at Buffalo Gap Camp, Capon Bridge, West Virgina.

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April 3, 2007

Keep Close at My Heels


Having thus briefly introduced my reader to the world, and given him some idea of its form and situation, he will naturally be curious to know from whence it came, and how it was created. And, indeed, the clearing up of these points is absolutely essential to my history, inasmuch as if this world had not been formed, it is more than probable that this renowned island, on which is situated the city of New York, would never have had an existence. The regular course of my history, therefore, requires that I should proceed to notice the cosmogony or formation of this our globe.

And now I give my readers fair warning that I am about to plunge, for a chapter or two, into as complete a labyrinth as ever historian was perplexed withal; therefore, I advise them to take fast hold of my skirts, and keep close at my heels, venturing neither to the right hand nor to the left, lest they get bemired in a slough of unintelligible learning, or have their brains knocked out by some of those hard Greek names which will be flying about in all directions. But should any of them be too indolent or chicken-hearted to accompany me in this perilous undertaking, they had better take a short cut round, and wait for me at the beginning of some smoother chapter.
—Washington Irving from his Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete

Project Gutenberg's Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving, originally published by W.B. Conkey Company in December, 1809.
⇒ Today, April 3rd, Washington Irving was born in New York City in 1783. He died November 28, 1859 in Tarrytown, New York.
See also:
⇒ WikiPedia's Washington Irving
⇒ Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, April 3, 2007's Faces of the Fallen: Navy
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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March 2, 2007

Just Getting Wet?

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
—Roger Miller, musician (1936–1992)

Source: Java House counter on March 2, 2007.
Java House
210 W Evergreen Blvd # 400
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 737-2925
See also: Roger Miller – Official Website.

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December 2, 2006

Challenges - Purpose?

Challenges make you discover things about yourself you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch–what make you go beyond the norm.
—Cicely Tyson

Source: December 1st entry: Office Perpetual Calendar by Judy Johannesen, Haymarket, Virginia

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September 27, 2006

Pianodan's Meme

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 67.
3. Find the ninth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Source: pianodan's blog, Gettin' up and doin' stuff and going back to bed entry, Meme of Aug. 10, 2006

My sentences!
Some people find them insulting. My advice is don't enable receipts for all messages unless you are required to for some reason. Have Outlook automatically return read and delivery receipts?
—Walter Glenn

Source: Outlook Pocket Guide: No–Fluff Help for Outlook Users by Walter Glenn O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. 2003 ISBN: 0-596-00444-3

Now, that's cool! :-)

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December 18, 2005

Happy Birthday, Steven Spielberg

US Navy photo CVN-74 underway Pacific Ocean

US Navy photo PHAN Leah Gaines

A Fine Navy Day? STENNIS (CVN-74) Underway ASTERN!

(Dec. 14, 2005) – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) steams Full Astern during a scheduled maneuver designed to test the ships rudders. STENNIS is undergoing sea trials in the Pacific Ocean after an 11-month overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Go snipes, and it's great this maneuver was completed during daylight. These evolutions almost always are conducted in the wee small hours of the morning!

It's the birthday [December 18th]of the filmmaker Steven Spielberg, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (1946). His parents had a difficult marriage and eventually got separated. Spielberg escaped from all the tension in the house by making amateur movies with his father's super-8 camera. He made two movies about World War II, and a movie about a UFO invasion, starring his sisters as victims. His mother helped with special effects. He got a local movie house to show one of his films when he was eighteen, and he made $500 in one night.

Though he applied twice to the film program at the University of Southern California, he didn't get in, and he ended up going for a degree in English from California State University at Long Beach. One day, he was taking a tour of Universal Studios when he slipped by security, found an abandoned janitors' closet, cleaned it up, and turned it into an office. He discovered that if he wore a suit and tie he could walk right past the security guards at the front gate, and he began coming in to his office every day. He made a short silent movie that caught the attention of some executives, and that got him a contract to make TV movies. He was only twenty-one years old.

Spielberg's first feature length movie The Sugarland Express (1974) got good reviews, but it was a box office disappointment. For his next project, he started working on a movie about a seaside town being terrorized by a man-eating shark. It was an incredibly difficult movie to make. The robot shark they used kept breaking down. They had to shoot almost half the movie on a boat. They went over schedule and over budget. The producers of the film had worried about hiring such a young director, and their fears seemed to be coming true. As the work on the film dragged on and on, Spielberg began to worry that his career as a filmmaker might be over.

But when it finally came out in 1975, Jaws made more money than any other movie had ever made up to that point in history. It's often been called the first blockbuster, because it was the first summer movie that teenagers went back to see again and again throughout the whole summer that it was released. Ever since Jaws, Hollywood studios have been releasing action packed movies every summer, trying to duplicate Spielberg's success.

Seven years later, Spielberg topped the success of Jaws with his movie, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) about a young boy who's recovering from the breakup of his parents' marriage when he befriends an alien that has been left behind by his spaceship. Spielberg has called E.T. his most personal movie. He said, "It's about how I felt when my parents broke up... I responded by escaping into my imagination to shut down all my nerve endings... I dreamed about going to space or having space come to me."

Today Steven Spielberg is arguably one of the most popular entertainers in history. Three of his movies are among the top ten highest grossing films of all time.
—Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005

Source: Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005
See also: All Movide Guide: Steven Spielberg

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August 9, 2005

Creativity and Courage

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
—Erich Fromm

Source: Creativity Quotes on
See also: Erich Fromm on

This is my 300th entry! Yeah, me! :-)

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July 11, 2005

Wrightisms Revisited?


—From Anne E. in L.A. Not attributed, but they sound suspiciously like Steven Wright comments

Source: An email of 6 May 2005 from my sweet Bride, Carol
See also Steven Wright - Wikiquote

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May 12, 2005

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

The owl and the pussy-cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey and plenty of money,
    Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The owl look up to the stars above,
    And sang to a small guitar,
O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
  What a beautiful Pussy you are,
       You are,
       You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!
—Edward Lear from his poem The Owl and the Pussy-cat.
   To read the entire poem, see The Owl and the Pussycat online

Source: Edward Lear: The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense Edited by Vivien Noakes Penguin Books (U.S.A.) 2001 ISBN 0-14-20.0227-5

Thursday, May 12, 2005

It's the birthday of the man who wrote,
    "There was an old man who supposed That the street door was partially closed, But some very large rats ate his coats and his hats While that futile old gentleman dozed."

That was Edward Lear, born in London (1812). He was the 20th of 21 children—almost half of whom had died in infancy. He was raised by his sister who taught him to paint birds and flowers.

There was a market for illustrated books about birds, so Edward Lear got into that business and became a successful bird illustrator. He always painted from life. He painted the specimens that Charles Darwin brought back from his trip on the H.M.S. Beagle,/cite>.

He suffered from depression, epilepsy, and terrible eyesight. He felt like an outcast in British society.

In 1832 came a turning point in his life. The Earl of Darby invited Edward Lear to come and paint all the animals in his private zoo, and Lear did and arrived at the estate and wound up spending most of his free time with the Earl's grandchildren. Edward Lear had never spent any time with children before. He found that he loved them. He became a clown. He sang songs for them, he drew cartoons, and he made up humorous poems.

And he wrote down those poems and they became his Book of Nonsense, which came out in 1846, the poem about the owl and the pussycat who went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat and the poem about the jumblies and others.

Source: Garrison Keilor's The Writer's Almanac for May 12, 2005

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April 18, 2005

See Things, Say Why

You see things; and you say, "Why?"
but I dream things that never were; and say, "Why not?"
—George Bernard Shaw

Source: Daily Inspirational Calendar, Friday, April 15, 2005

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March 19, 2005

Achieve the Impossible

To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.
—Tom Robbins

Source: Daily Inspirations Calendar, Friday, March 18, 2005
See also: Tom Robbins Quotes - ThinkExist Quotations
and Tom Robbins biographical entry on WikiPedia.

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December 24, 2004

A Visit From Saint Nicholas

Source: NORAD's Santa Tracking 2004

Santa seen Christmas 1959

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their bed,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads,
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap...
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled -- his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his teams gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

---Clement C. Moore A Visit From Saint Nicholas

Source: A Visit From St. Nick on the New York Institue for Special Education Web site.
Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) was the only son of Benjamin Moore, president of Columbia College and bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York. He was a graduate of Columbia College and got a Masters Degree from there in 1801.
Moore married Catherine Elizabeth Taylor in 1813, and they settled at Chelsea, in what was then a country estate outside New York City. "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" (1822) was written as a Christmas gift for his children.
From 1840 to 1850, he was a member of the board of managers of The New York Institution for the Blind. The school was then know as The New York Institution for the Blind. The school was located on 34th Street and 9th Avenue during that era. The school moved to Pelham Parkway in the Bronx in 1922 and it is known as The New York Institute for Special Education.

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