Thursday, July 27, 2017

Busy as a bee

Folks are always talking about how busy a bee is, shows they never really watched a bee. A bee makes so much fuss with all his perambulating around that folks think they're doing a sight of work, but believe me, I've watched bees by the hour and I can tell you all that buzzing is a big fraud. The bees I've watched always buzzed in the sunniest places around the best-smelling flowers, just loafing their heads off fusting around in the play of sun and shadow at the swamp's edge. Busy? Not so's you could notice.

(from The First Fast Draw, by Louis L'Amour)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Goals and living

It meant hard work, and lots of it. Living a life is much like climbing mountains - the mountains are always further off than you think, but when a man has a goal, he always feels he's working toward something.

(from The Lonely Men, by Louis L'Amour)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We could use the Sacketts today

"All day my mind kept going back to turnip greens, and to wild-hog hunting in the hills on those foggy mornings when the forest dripped and a body prowled through it like a red Indian, scourint for wile hogs to give us bacon to cook with turnip greens in an iron pot." (from The Lonely Men, by Louis L'Amour)

As big a problem as wild hogs have become today, we could use those Sackett boys. They could take all the bacon they wanted!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Must have caused quite a bit of comment

          "My ideas have changed since my student days. Every boy goes through the stage of collecting, whether it's bird's eggs or butterflies or postage stamps."
          Miss withers knew that well enough, having been confronted with problems of such nature in her classes now and then - particularly did she remember the time when little Abraham brought his collection of white mice to school one afternoon.

(from The Penguin Pool Murder, by Stuart Palmer)

Another song you probably missed

"I'll Meet You At the Hen House, Helen, If You Will Egg Me On"

(from the Fred Allen radio show)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Emergency! television show

I am watching some old episodes of the Emergency! television series. It was really good. The tension they built in some of the rescue scenes was tremendous. And without sacrificing a touch of humor throughout the program. It was something children could watch, for the most part, and (I assume) it gives a very interesting insight into the difficulties and dangers that the rescue squads face.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Now there is a good word that does not get used much. Asanine is very common, meaning "like an ass." Very few, however, take it to its noun form.

Friday, July 21, 2017

How to spot a plainclothes cop

Miss Withers realized that she was getting to be an insider, for she could recognize a plainclothes man a block away. Whenever one sees a man who looks as if he had a trade, but weren't working at it, and a man who hangs about as if he had a place to go if he only wanted to, that man is a detective, she told herself.

(from The Penguin Pool Murder, by Stuart Palmer)