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Today’s Quote:

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
– William Shakespeare Macbeth, 5. 5.

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Book Lover by Robert Service

Book Lover by Robert Service

I keep collecting books I know
I’ll never, never read;
My wife and daughter tell me so,
And yet I never head.
Please make me, says some wistful tome,
A wee bit of yourself.
And so I take my treasure home,
And tuck it in a shelf.

And now my very shelves complain;
They jam and over-spill.
They say: Why don’t you ease our strain?
some day, I say, I will.
So book by book they plead and sigh;
I pick and dip and scan;
Then put them back, distrest that I
Am such a busy man.

Now, there’s my Boswell and my Sterne,
my Gibbon and Defoe;
To savour Swift I’ll never learn,
Montaigne I may not know.
On Bacon I will never sup,
For Shakespeare I’ve no time;
Because I’m busy making up
These jingly bits of rhyme.

Chekov is caviare to me,
While Stendhal makes me snore;
Poor Proust is not my cup of tea,
And Balzac is a bore.
I have their books, I love their names,
And yet alas! they head,
With Lawrence, Joyce and Henry James,
My Roster of Unread.

I think it would be very well
If I commit a crime,
And get put in a prison cell
And not allowed to rhyme;
Yet given all these worthy books
According to my need,
I now caress with loving looks,
But never, never read.

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Reverend Randollph and the Holy Terror by Charles Merrill Smith

I just finished the fourth book in the Reverend Randollph mystery series, Reverend Randollph and the Holy Terror by Charles Merrill Smith. The author presents another well constructed mystery…although I did figure out “who-done-it” before it was revealed in the story.  In this fast paced mystery, filled with lots of church history and interesting theological facts, the author has Reverend Randollph marrying the beautiful Chicago TV personality, Samantha Stack, while assisting the Chicago Police department in tacking-down a serial killer — who the press has labeled the “Holy Terror”.  Throughout the story the killer sends poison pen-letters, in the form of poems to sinful Chicago clergymen before killing them.  Reverend Randollph, also receives a couple of poison poems, and two attempts are made on his life.  With several clues provided by Samantha, the third attempt on Randollph’s life is foiled when a trap is sent for the “Holy Terror” by the Reverend, his friends, and detective, Mike Casey of the Chicago PD. When the trap is sprung the “Terror’s” rationale for the murders fall into place…and the mystery is solved.

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My Hundred Books

My Hundred Books                      by Robert Service

A thousand books my library
Contains;
And all are primed, it seems to me
With brains.
Mine are so few I scratch in thought
My head;
For just a hundred of the lot
I’ve read.

 A hundred books, but of the best,
I can
With wisdom savour and digest
And scan.
Yet when afar from kin and kith
In nooks
Of quietness I’m happy with
Sweet books.

So as nine hundred at me stare
In vain,
My lack I’m wistfully aware
Of brain;
Yet as my leave of living ends,
With looks
Of love I view a hundred friends,

My books.

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Today’s Quote:

Quotes by Ralph Waldon Emerson

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely…”

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

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Today’s Quote:

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life’s key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech”

– William Shakespeare

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Today’s Quotes:

Robert Frost on Writing:

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

“Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.”

“I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.”

“The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.”

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