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Give a Whistle

On New Year’s Day, laugh and smile and dance and sing. It’s the right side, the light side, the bright side of a brand new year. Happy 2015!!

Some things in life are bad

They can really make you mad

Photo by: shooarts

Photo by: shooarts

Other things just make you swear and curse

When you’re chewing on life’s gristle

Don’t grumble, give a whistle

And this’ll help things turn out for the best…

And…. always look on the bright side
 of life…
 (Whistle)

Always look on the light side
 of life…
 (Whistle)

 

If life seems jolly rotten

There’s something you’ve forgotten

And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing

When you’re feeling in the dumps

Don’t be silly chumps

Just purse your lips and whistle 
- that’s the thing.

And…always look on the bright 
side of life…
 (Whistle)

Come on.

Always look on the right side
 of life…
 (Whistle)

– Eric Idle of Monty Python for Life of Brian, 1979

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It’s Summertime. Read a Book.

Photo by: Vicki Ashton

Photo by: Vicki Ashton

Looking for a good book to read?  Sometimes one’s hard to find.

Nothing in the reviews in the New York Times and the New Yorker jumps out at you.  Scouring your local newspaper, if you still take a local newspaper, hasn’t yielded just the right result.  And you don’t trust the reviews in People magazine.

So check out what “the people” have to say.

In its own words, “Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings.”  With eighteen million members it must be doing something right.  And all those members have posted twenty-four million reviews and counting.

Books are organized by category, such as art, biography, comedy, history, and mystery.  Simply skim the recommendations that are tailored to your interests.

Alternatively, peruse ”Recent Updates From the Community” on the home page. There should be something that appeals to you.

Did you miss the Hunger Games craze?  Well, a reader gives the first book in the series by Suzanne Collins five stars, but no synopsis. There’s always Amazon to find out what it’s all about.

Do you like the classics?  One reader recommends the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird.  I recommend seeing the movie starring Gregory Peck.

Want to be frightened into action?  Books by both Stephen King and Dean Kootz are mentioned.  The Shining was described as “the scariest book ever.”   But who hasn’t seen the movie?

Does it sound like I’m mocking the efforts of these critics? I’m not.  Really.

On a recent search I was reminded that I have been intending to read Abraham Verghese’s 2009 novel Cutting the Stone.  It’s about conjoined twins separated at birth who follow in their father’s path to become doctors.  I added it to my “want to read” list.

And I’ve devoured many of Barbara Kingsolver’s books, but I missed The Poisonwood Bible.  It, too, now resides on my list.

Someone somewhere has written just the book for which you’re looking, and someone on Goodreads has written a review about it.

© 2013 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved

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P.S. I also joined the program as a Goodreads author to promote my book Hollywood or Bust.  Type in my name.  Sign up for the free giveaway (winners are picked randomly at the end of July).  Write a review, if that’s your thing.  Thank you.

 

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From: Library of Congress

How did it get so late so soon?

It’s night before it’s afternoon.

December is here before it’s June.

My goodness how the time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon?

— Dr. Seuss

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Ring out the old.

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Photo by: guercio

Ring in the new.

Ring, happy bells,

across the snow.

The year is going,

let him go.

Ring out the false.

Ring in the true.

 

― Alfred Tennyson, 1809 – 1892

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Wise ol’ bird. Tough, too. Photo by: patries71

Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless. Christmas dinner’s dark and blue, when you stop and try to see it from the turkey’s point of view.

Sunday dinner isn’t sunny. Easter feasts are just bad luck, when you see it from the viewpoint of a chicken or a duck.

Oh, how I once loved tuna salad, pork and lobsters, lamb chops, too, till I stopped and looked at dinner, from the dinner’s point of view.   — Shel Silverstein

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Get old, you can’t even cuss someone and have it bother ’em. Everything you do is either worthless or sadly amusing.

– Bruce Campbell as Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep, 2002

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When you’re a kid, it’s simple. Christmas is magic. It’s a time of miracles, when reindeer can fly and Frosty never melts. Then you get older. Somehow, things change. The magic begins to fade. Until something happens that reminds you, at Christmas time… miracles still can be found. Sometimes in the most unexpected places.

— The Narrator, The Wonder Years, 1988-1993

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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

— Dr. Seuss

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It’s easier to trust men sometimes. I only have a few close girlfriends that I trust.

— Paris Hilton

 

I wouldn’t trust any man as far as you can throw a piano.

— Ethel Merman

 

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I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point.

— Susan Sarandon