Quote for the 2nd Tuesday of December (2014): William Maxwell

Self nearly returned William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow to the library yesterday.

For a very short novel, it seemed to move achingly slow.

But, is she ever glad she decided to hang on. Because there’s this passage on p. 27:

What we, or at any rate what I, refer to confidently as memory — meaning a moment, a scene, a fact that has been subjected to a fixative and thereby rescued from oblivion — is really a form of storytelling that goes on continually in the mind and often changes with the telling. Too many conflicting emotional interests are involved for life ever to be wholly acceptable, and possibly it is the work of the storyteller to rearrange things so that they conform to this end. In any case, in talking about the past, we lie with every breath we draw.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Gone But Not Forgotten 4

To self’s way of thinking, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, is about impermanence and nostalgia. With that in mind, she chose these three photographs: a drawing her son made when he was five; an ice sculpture from the Hometown Holidays event in downtown Redwood City, last weekend; and a Christmas tree ornament (part of an already large collection that just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year)

About the tree ornament: last year, self got a puny little tree (4 feet). It looked, after self had succeeded in hanging about half her stash of tree ornaments, like it was miserable. Self means, the tree looked miserable.

This year, none of these small, puny Christmas trees for self! She went for the six-foot.  And, in the unlikeliest development ever, self succeeded in man-handling that gorgeous tree from her car to the living room, completely unaided. Now, bliss.

A Crayon Drawing Son Made When He was About Five

A Crayon Drawing Son Made When He was About Five

Hometown Holidays, Saturday, Dec. 6, Downtown Redwood City

Hometown Holidays, Saturday, Dec. 6, Downtown Redwood City

Tree Ornament: I bought a set of these last year at the Filoli Holiday Bazaaar. Missed the one this year, boo.

Tree Ornament: Self bought a set of these last year at the Filoli Holiday Bazaaar. Missed the one this year, boo.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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