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Monday, November 19, 2012

Unpredictable Flow of Random Thoughts

What accounts for the randomness of thought sequences? Here’s just a snippet of mine this morning:

Small town residents all over America practice a lot of Cargo Cult thinking: If we could just lure enough people here from outside, our problems would be solved! If we build it, surely they will come! Our prayers will be answered!

Every solution to an old problem creates brand-new problems, usually unanticipated or minimized.

Ernest Hemingway would never have made it as a murder mystery writer. Not enough adjectives. Agree or disagree?

If Marguerite Henry were still alive, she would be writing a book about the Australian wonder horse, Black Caviar. How many Americans have even heard the name? And yet this filly won every race she ever won, all 22, including the Royal Ascot in England.

Not only do we hear little Australian news in this country, we hardly know what’s going on in Canada, with whom we share a border from sea to shining sea. What’s up with that? I love Canada! I want more Canadian news!

Please remember that Aaron Stander will be at Dog Ears Books this coming Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. I’ve read all six of his Sheriff Ray Elkins mystery and agree with Elizabeth Buzzelli that this latest one is the best yet.

But before that, it’s Thanksgiving in only three days, and that’s where all our minds are focused. So many blessings, even in the midst of anxieties and concerns. Family, friends, books, dogs, woods, fields, and lakeshore. Love and friendship. Intellectual stimulation and pleasures of the senses. Opportunities to help and give comfort to others. Knowing and remembering that giving as well as receiving is a gift. Soup to nuts. The whole nine yards. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Dawn said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends!

P. J. Grath said...

Thank you, Dawn. I hope yours is lovely, too.

Kathy said...

Stopping by to wish you a most lovely Thanksgiving, Pamela. Enjoyed reading about your random thoughts. Do they predict snow down your way? We're supposed to get 4-8 inches by tomorrow night. (After 60 degrees briefly this afternoon.)

P. J. Grath said...

Good Friday morning, Kathy. Hope your Thanksgiving was lovely, too, as ours indeed was. Such a sunny, warm day! We moved furniture around and cleaned up our front porch (usually too cold to enjoy by this late in the year), with the front door open to the porch for a long time. Had a light lunch out there. Tea and reading. Then an "ole" (as she puts it) friend came for dinner (delicious and leisurely), and the three of us closed the day with a movie together.

Kathy said...

That sounds like a lovely day, indeed!

P. J. Grath said...

I just posted my Thanksgiving Day report. It was one of the nicest ever! Hope yours was, also--everyone!