“HOUSE MOVING.” The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954) 19 Aug 1936: 7 Supplement: Woman’s Realm.
when moving house, if you tie a label on to each piece of furniture bearing the name of the room it is to occupy, the removers will be able to carry on without mistakes.
See that electric light fittings are installed before you move in. It is a blow to find two ends of wire poking through the ceiling when you arrive.’ ‘
Work will go with a swing it you make a cup of tea; so arrange for the crate containing cups, teapot, etc., to be put in the van last and taken out
“The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom. ”
Philip K. Dick, VALIS
“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and moulding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. ”
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”
Stephen Cox, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Memory Book
“When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, "What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?"
"They are the days of a long time ago, Laura," Pa said. "Go to sleep, now."
But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods,…
She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers
“A person cannot coast along in old destructive habits year after year and accept whatever comes along. A person must stand up on her own two legs and walk. Get off the bus and go get on another. Climb out of the ditch and cross the road. Find the road that s where you want to go. … The only sermon that counts is the one that is formed by our actions. She would quit drinking and thereby show Kyle life is what you make it. A person can grab hold of her life and change things for the better. This happens all the time. We are not chips of wood drifting down the stream of time. We have oars.”
Garrison Keillor, Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon
when you are trying
not to think about something
it keeps popping back in your head
you can’t help it
you think about it
think about it
think about it
until your brain
a squashed pea.”
Sharon Creech, Love That Dog