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Guess Who Turned 100 (!) Today March 6, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink.
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No!  Not me!

Here’s a hint:

OK . . . I’m sure by now you’ve figured out the Centenarian in our midst!

A few fun facts as Oreo Cookies celebrate 100 year:

* On this day in 1912, the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) sold its first Oreo cookies to a grocer in Hoboken, New Jersey.

* Kraft Foods now sells Oreos.

* They’re the country’s top selling cookie.

* Oreo cookies are now available in more than 100 countries.

Got milk?

So . . . how do YOU eat Oreos?  Do you twist them apart and scrape out the icing?  Do you dunk them in milk?  Do you crush them over ice cream?

The Value Of What We Write March 6, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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The value of what we write lies LESS in what we meant to say or convey . . . and MORE in what readers take away.

Readers don’t have to understand us . . . or the specific intent or emotion behind our words . . . in order to gain something of value.

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Everyone who reads a given poem takes something different away from the experience:

* Some may follow the flow of the poem, allowing their inner peace to surface.  They leave, rejuvenated.

* Others may focus on specific imagery, recalling an experience that taught them something about the world.  They leave, emboldened.

* Others may walk away empty-handed . . . because they spent the time trying to understand the poet, rather than allowing the poem to coalesce with their own experiences in life to help them gain perspective.

If I write a line (or two) of complete gibberish, claptrap, and/or gobbledygook (e.g., The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog resting near the white picket fence to snag a bunch of over-ripe grapes hanging above the canine’s over-large head), readers may discern unintended but valuable symbolism in those words.

If they leave “wiser” about the world and their place in it, the ultimate benefit to them is independent of my original intent . . . since all I intended to do was practice my typing skills.

No rules.  Just write!

A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can’t expect an apostle to peer out.  ~ Georg Christoph Lictenberg

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. ~ G.K. Chesterton

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. ~ Clifton Fadiman

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. ~ Anais Nin

What say you?