The Local Yarn

“If you want to know the taste of blueberries, eat them. If you want to know what blueberries taste like, read and talk about them.”

Re: Those Empty Altoids Tins

My little sister is in third grade and she had to make an instrument for music class. We wanted to do something that was small and unique. So I came up with taking sand paper and putting it on two tins. Then as a double I put rice in it to be a shaker. So in the end we had a shaker/scraper.

“He felt the full warmth of that pleasure from which the proud shut themselves out; the pleasure which not only goes with humiliation, but which almost is humiliation. Men who have escaped death by a hair have it, and men whose love is returned by a woman unexpectedly, and men whose sins are forgiven them. Everything his eye fell on it feasted on, not aesthetically, but with a plain, jolly appetite as of a boy eating buns.”

G.K. Chesterton, The Ball and the Cross

James I was always boasting of his skill in what he called kingcraft; and yet it is hardly possible even to imagine a course more directly opposed to all the rules of kingcraft than that which he followed…he enraged and alarmed his Parliament by constantly telling them that they held their privileges merely during his pleasure, and that they had no more business to inquire what he might lawfully do than what the Deity might lawfully do…his cowardice, his childishness, his pedantry, his ungainly person and manners, his provincial accent, made him an act of derision…On the day of the accession of James the First our country descended from the rank she had hitherto held, and began to be regarded as a power hardly of the second order.”

Thomas Macaulay, History of England.

I often wondered when I cursed,
Often feared where I would be –
Wondered where she’d yield her love
When I yield, so will she.
I would her will be pitied!
Cursed be love! She pitied me…

—Attributed to Lewis Carrol