Things that Made Me Smile Today

Not to be confused with Random Thursday.  Because it’s Monday.


1.  A friend sent me this vid because someone had sent it to her because it’s Shirley Temple’s birthday and she was amazed at how much Shirley resembles Sunny—or, chronologically-speaking, the other way ’round—at least in hair and attitude.

It’s true.  I’m not sure the child can sing—she doesn’t like to when she knows someone’s listening*—but she can boss with the best of ‘em:**

You know . . . this is a surprisingly bloodthirsty song.  Then again, most five-year olds appear to be okay with that.***


2.   Lyra’s husband’s quotes

Lyra thought I’d like the twenty-first one in the list—and I do—but this is the one that got me:

“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
— Andre Gide

It works for writing and parenting, doesn’t it?


3.  I have three days off this week!  I’m planning writing marathons for at least two of ’em.



4.  I snagged book six of Kerry Greenwood’s  Phryne Fisher mystery series (click the photo for info) and there are more than ten to go before I run out!  They’re quick, compulsive reads that won’t rot your brain.

Phryne is a rich, brilliant, eccentric private investigator in 1920s Australia, with the brains of a Holmes and the libido of a Bond.

“It sounds easy when you explain it,” said Dot.  “But it’s magic if you don’t.”

“Sherlock Holmes had the same problem,” Phryne returned.  “I’ve definitely  got to stop explaining.”

I like her.



5.  A friend from library school e-mailed me out of the blue today.  That would be enough to make me smile, but this was in her signature:

What happens when you cross a librarian and a lawyer?

You get all the information you want, but you can’t understand it.


*Genetics at work.


***My kids think animal crackers in soup is a really weird idea, by the way, though they’re more than willing to eat them for breakfast.  And, yeah, they pretty much inherited that one, too . . .

18 thoughts on “Things that Made Me Smile Today

  1. The Andre Gilde quote definitely makes me think of parenting. I saw a comic in The New Yorker that was similar. I don’t remember whether it was a mother or a father but it read, “I’m only going to say this a million times.” Oy, do I relate.

    • I asked Janie the other day, “How many times have I told you to whatever?”

      She Honest to Pete squinted at me and said, “Mmmm. Eight?”

  2. This entire posts is a treat. No wonder you’re smiling.

    At our house, the standard response to “how many times have I told you?” is a hundred and nine times. We swiped it from Brighton Beach Memoirs a long time ago. But now that I think about it, a million seems more accurate.

    P.S. Fess up, you secretly sing “Animal crackers in my poop.” Right?

  3. I’m the glowworm. Makes me smile every time.
    Shirley Temple is one of my absolute all-time favorites.
    Writing marathons! Yes, yes, yes! Go get ’em!

    • “If you’re a bird, be an early, early bird
      But if you’re a worm, sleep late.”

      Shirley Temple is a favorite around here, too. She can be quite the stinker, can’t she?

      I’m gonna try!

  4. But nobody was listening…. Ha! Of course.

    My favorite Mr. Lyra line was: “I stopped three feet from the top/of Everest. Fuck it, I’m not going/a single inch farther.” … James Harrison

  5. I’m going to remember that librarian joke. Have you done a post on librarian jokes in general? Must search….

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