The Importance of Family
Friends are here today and gone tommorrow Mrs. Chisom told Laurel and the Mayor. Not like your kin. Hope the Lord don’t ask me to outlive mine. I’d be much obliged if He’d take me the next round. Ain’t that a good idea, children? The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty.
Lesson in Southern Irony
Order you he said. He ordered you. Dammit, white folk are always giving orders, it’s a habit with them. Why didn’t you make an excuse? Couldn’t you say they had sickness-smallpox-or picked another cabin? Why that Trueblood shack? My God, boy! You’re black and living in the South-did you forget how to lie? Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
At one point midway on our path in life, I came around and found myself now...– Inferno by Dante Alighieri Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week. Today, Robin Kirkpatrick’s translation of the first book in Dante’s Divine Comedy. (via classicpenguin)
Postscript from A Caffeine Addict
If loving caffeine is wrong, I do not want to be right. I have an addiction to caffeine. The first step in dealing with an addiction is an admission. The addict must acknowledge their powerless in controlling their problem. Some people think I drink too much coffee. I just cannot help myself. Life is not a sprint, it is a marathon. This journey will test our endurance. Happiness is...