Looking at the cover of a women’s magazine, a title caught a wife’s eye: “Men’s Secret Fear About Their Working Wives.” She decided to get a first hand account. “What’s your innermost fear about my working?” she asked her husband. He promptly replied, “That you’ll quit.”
A man is sitting on the sofa watching TV when he hears his wife say from the kitchen: “What would you like for dinner, love? Chicken, beef or lamb?” The man replies, “Thank you, I’ll have chicken.” The wife blurts out, “Shut up. You’re having soup. I was talking to the dog.”
Check this out. Last October 28, on her 46th birthday, Nina Sankovitch read a novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery). The next day she posted a review online deeming it “beautiful, moving and occasionally very funny.” The next day she read The Emigrants (W.G. Sebald), and the day after that A Sun for the Dying (Jean-Claude Izzo). Since then Sankovitch has read a book a day every day. And, as if that weren’t enough, she’s reviewed each book on her website, ReadAllDay.org. And somehow she’s managed to take care of her husband and four boys, ages 16, 14, 11 and 8. Sankovitch, a former environmental lawyer, follows some rules. All the books are ones she has not read. She reads only one book per author. She reads one day and posts the review the next morning. By necessity she mostly sticks to books 250 to 300 pages or fewer, and reads everything from fiction to memoirs to sci-fi and nonfiction.
I’ve recently began to read a lot and I am loving it. – Justin
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Remember how our teachers recited this poem: “Columbus sailed the ocean blue, in fourteen hundred and ninety two!” Well, our teachers lied to us. They told us that Columbus was the first to believe the world was round and he hoped to prove it by sailing across the Atlantic. He was going to find a new route to the East by sailing West. Remember that?
Columbus was hardly alone in his belief that the earth was round. This was a generally accepted fact in those years. As a matter of fact, that was the popular belief for more than 200 years before Columbus was even born.
We were taught that Queen Isabella had pawned her jewels to pay for Columbus’ first voyage. As a matter of fact, no royal family funds were used for his trip. Financing for the venture was arranged by the Treasurer of the Royal Household, who even used some of his own personal funds. He asked Columbus to take his wife and children out of Spain to escape the Inquisition.
Our teachers told us that Columbus and his three vessels (Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria) encountered terrible storms on that first trip. In fact, Columbus did not encounter great storms on that famous voyage. According to historic sea logs, the seas were calm and the crossing was rather uneventful until the final days before he reached Watling Island in the West Indies.
Did you know that Columbus was not happy with the ships Santangel had purchased for him? The two little ships, the Nina and the Pinta, needed certain modifications for such a long trip. They started to make the modifications in Spain but the Queen was growing impatient and was breathing down Columbus’ back. He realized he had to leave immediately.
Columbus decided the modifications would be made on the Island of Palos. When certain repairs still needed to be made, he pulled into the Canary Islands and spent a month making the repairs and further modifications before crossing the Atlantic. The crossing actually took one month, and not two, as many history books record.
At one point toward the end of his journey, Columbus and the Pinzon brothers (who captained the two other ships) met to discuss whether they should turn back. They decided to continue and reassess the situation and wait a few more days.
Columbus did not die penniless as we were told in school. Thanks to the dissemination of his journals and the development of the printing press, which made copies of the maps of the New World, he became a famous personality. Although not exceedingly wealthy, he was financially comfortable at the time of his death. His son inherited his funds and titles.
Columbus spent his final years bent by arthritis and was bitter at the royal family for real and imagined wrongs. He died in 1506, just fourteen years after his first voyage.
I know a word of letters three. Add two, and fewer there will be. What is it?
Answer: The word is “few”.
Too often, we lose sight of life’s simple pleasures. Remember, when someone annoys you it takes 42 facial muscles to frown, but it takes only four muscles to extend your arm and slap the person in the head.
Maryann gives her input in italics after each.
Have fun at the office with this one. Congrats to Kathy Peacock who go this right this morning!
I never was, am always to be,
No one ever saw me, nor ever will
And yet I am the confidence of all
To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball.
OK, the Farmers’ Almanac prediction for a Numbingly Cold winter is out, but what are the real experts saying? Here are some signs from mother nature:
Thicker than normal corn husks
Woodpeckers sharing a tree
Early arrival of the Snowy owl
Early departure of geese and ducks
Early migration of the Monarch butterfly
Thick hair on the nape (back) of the cow’s neck
Heavy and numerous fogs during August
Raccoons with thick tails and bright bands
Mice eating ravenously into the home
Early arrival of crickets on the hearth
Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers
Pigs gathering sticks
Insects marching a bee line rather than meandering
Early seclusion of bees within the hive
Unusual abundance of acorns
Muskrats burrowing holes high on the river hank
“See how high the hornet’s nest, ’twill tell how high the snow will rest”
Narrow orange band in the middle of the Woollybear caterpillar warns of heavy snow; fat and fuzzy caterpillars presage bitter cold
The squirrel gathers nuts early to fortify against a hard winter
Frequent halos or rings around sun or moon forecast numerous snow falls.