MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGES

WILLIAM FAULKNER was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life. He wrote often about the Mississippi River and the people of the Deep South who were affected by her moods and yet depended on her for life. During one particularly bad flooding, he compared her to a mule when he said, “A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”

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Mother’s Love

Death is inevitable, but do we have a right to hasten it? As children, should we abandon our parents and grandparents who have given so much to our care and training?  Have we forgotten how weak and helpless we were at first?  How many years did our parents suffer through our growth to adulthood?

The English word “proclivity” meaning “tendency” or “inclination,” is one that seems to get singled out for bad usage. If I worry a lot, I have a proclivity toward worry or depression.

What if I am over 80, have even mild dementia, and limited physical abilities, should I worry what may happen to me in today’s world? What will my children be tempted to do to “let me go” on to my reward?  Will they be tempted to hasten that departure?

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Reflections

Photo taken from Fragrant Wood Gallery Window Photo taken from Fragrant Wood Gallery Window

A reminder of how much your Mother loves you.

A son wants to bring his Mother into the forest and leave her there to fend for herself because her Mother is terminally ill and he is too tired to take care of her.

Leading her through the thick of the forest, he noticed that his Mother breaks every branch that they passed by.

Curious, he ask his Mother why is she breaking the branches?

The Mother answered her son loving: “Son, I break the branches as a guide for you to follow so that you won’t get lost on the way out.”

Translated from Filipino story:
Isang paalala kung gaano kayo kamahal ng inyong ina..
May isang anak na gustong iligaw ang kanyang INA sa gubat dahil sa sakit nitong wala nang lunas at pagod na rin siyang mag-alaga dito, Ipinasan niya ang…

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National Dictionary Day

A power outage and then an internet outage…  Sigh!  What can I say?  Finally, the note to my readers is out.

Happy Dictionary Day!

October 16th is National Dictionary Day, commemorating the birth of the great lexicographer Noah Webster. Celebrate by delving into our archive for articles about Webster and the world of dictionaries. A sampling: “Noah Webster at 250: A Visionary or a Crackpot?,” “The Case for Dictionary Day,” “The Birth of Webster’s Dictionary,” and “Dictionary Day and the Quest for All-American Words.”