Quote of the day for December 5th

Men really do need sea-monsters in their personal oceans 


~John Steinbeck

On December 5, 1941, John Steinbeck’s nonfiction book, The Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research, was published. Co-authored by Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts, the work was written shortly after the pair’s voyage to the Gulf of California to study aquatic life. In 1951 it was republished as The Log from the Sea of Cortez. Ricketts was the inspiration for the character Doc in Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.

Bricks and Windows

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It’s as though I’m a prisoner.

There are bars outside my windows,

Yet I write with my back to them.

I can feel them etched,

Burnt into my back.

The view is worse

With a brick wall just several yards away.

When stuck and stunted

When the page is blank,

I stare at the bricks.

Not for inspiration

But to just get out of my head.

I notice the different colors and their borders

Almost like a meditation

But without the peace.

 

I am not an offender.

Not in the sense of being

Mad or murderous.

I live in New York.

The bars are for my children

So they will not fall six stories down.

And my view of the brick wall

Is of the building behind.

 

This is how we live here.

Bars         Walls

Dark         Damp Apartments

Without direct sunlight

And never to see the sky.

For the sky is scraped

With bricks and walls and bars on the windows.

 

© Jill M Roberts 2016 All Rights Reserved

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Quote of the Day for Tuesday!

  

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you. 

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter (born July 28, 1866), author of the beloved Peter Rabbit books, showed an early interest in animals. As a child, she and her younger brother took care of mice, rabbits, a hedgehog, bats, butterflies, and insects.

Happy Thursday! The Week’s Almost Over! Here’s Your Quote of the Day…

  

To say goodbye is to die a little

Raymond Chandler

American novelist Raymond Chandler (born July 23, 1888) worked with director Alfred Hitchcock on the screenplay for Strangers on a Train. The collaboration did not go well. The two called each other names and refused to talk to each other, culminating in Hitchcock throwing Chandler’s drafts in the trash while holding his own nose in disgust.

Quote of the day 

  
Arthur is a legend and a hero. The Arthur perceived through the legends is somewhat based on fact and he did, through many ways exist. He lives on immortally now, in our faith, hearts, minds, and writings. So, if his bones were discovered, and he will not return to rule as the legends states, he still remains alive through us.


Jill M Roberts 

June 25, 2015~Happy Birthday to Me! Jill M Roberts born and raised in New York City fell in love with the Arthurian Legends and spent her twenties scouring England for rare books. Jill has written articles about King Arthur for academic journals and books about his history and legends. In 1998 she became a member of the International Arthurian Society and writes about King Arthur still. 

TGIF! Here’s the Quote for Today!

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The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination. 

Richard Wright

May 29, 1925: On this day, Richard Wright delivered the valedictorian speech at his ninth grade graduation. His original speech—the one he wrote before the school’s principal interfered—was a criticism of the South’s segregated system of education.

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Jill M Roberts

Quote for today, Thursday, May 21st

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Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. 

Alexander Pope

As a child, Alexander Pope (born May 21, 1688) suffered from illnesses that stunted his growth and gave him persistent headaches. He didn’t let any of that stop him from becoming one of the greatest poets of his age.

All My Best,
Jill M Roberts