Saturday Smiles

I found this lovely tribute to one of our great comics, Lou Costello (March 6, 1906 – March 3, 1959.) I wanted to share this with you.  Also, check out the author’s website below- there are a lot of very funny limericks you may enjoy!

There once was a man called Costello
A silly Vaudevillian fellow
He expired this day
So this tribute we pay
To a man who was shaped like a cello

He quit high school and moved to L.A.
Found some work and decided to stay
Soon he carved out a niche
With a chance to get rich
From the comedy roles he could play

He teamed up with a comic named Bud
Who up until then was a dud
They created some skits
With their wiles and their wits
That were funny, just like Elmer Fudd

“Who’s on First” was a great bit of jest
That many still think was the best
That has ever been done
In the annals of fun
And can still make us laugh when we’re stressed

Lou Costello showed wonder and glee
When we saw him each week on TV
With his deviant mind
He was one of a kind
Such a jolly good fellow was he


Source: Tribute To Lou Costello, Limericks

One Word Prompts

In August, during Blogging 101, one day’s task was to choose one of several one word prompts as inspiration. I started with one, but ultimately wrote using a different prompt. I just found my draft of that first prompt, and decided to rework it. I hope you enjoy!


A choice

An action

 A decision

True Love

 not a feeling but a doing

not about how I feel

all about how I choose to honor you,

 the hands and feet that I use in service to you

How much love, how do you measure it

The cross

Well, winter has arrived.  With a bang.

I am supposed to be at work today, but just posted a closure notice on the church website.  Why?, you may ask.  Take a look at this:

Snow fall depth.

After I find my boots, I guess I can start making a path for the dog, as the snow comes halfway up poor Rusty’s belly!  Looks pretty silly trying to get around in it to ‘take care of business.’  Them’s the breaks.  See you all after we dig out.

Georgette vs. Jane

I have already confessed my addition to Jane Austen’s writings.  Left me now admit to a near-addiction to Georgette Heyer as well.  At least, to her Regency era novels so far.

When I first read Georgette Heyer, I thought, “Aha!  A modern-day Jane!”  But the more I read and re-read both, the more differences I perceive.  Subtle, but distinct.  But what are they?

Maybe the heroines.  Jane’s may be lively, have ‘fine eyes,’ or be everything that is amiable, but do not generally run amok and cause mayhem.  Georgette Heyer’s, on the other hand, can be free-thinking, independent minded, or, like The Grand Sophy, have no ‘sensibility,’ i.e. squemishness!

Maybe it’s the heroes.  Can we see Fitzwilliam Darcy ranting and raving at Elizabeth Bennett like Charles Rivenhall does with Sophy Stanton-Lacy?  Good grief, no!

Personally, I think it is a matter of time and timing.  Jane Austen was not writing “Regency romances.”  She was writing contemporary fiction about people, places, customs and manners that she knew intimately.  She didn’t have to do meticulous research to know the correct terms for each garment her characters wore- she just had to look in her closet.  She didn’t need to read volumes on how people behaved in that period of time- she just had to observe all the people around her.  Therein lies the difference between these two authors.

Don’t get me wrong- I love Ms Heyer’s books.  I even bought the e-book, Georgette Heyer’s Regency World, by Jennifer Kloester!  But having spent the last few weeks re-reading Persuasion and The Grand Sophy, among others, I was struck by the differences instead of the similarities.  That’s why I love to re-read books – you always see something new and fresh in a good book.