April 20, 2009

Afternoon

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charm and inspire your busy day.


--Description: 20th C, Parker D., Life--


When I am old, and comforted,
And done with this desire,
With Memory to share my bed
And Peace to share my fire,

I'll comb my hair in scalloped bands
Beneath my laundered cap,
And watch my cool and fragile hands
Lie light upon my lap.

And I will have a sprigged gown
With lace to kiss my throat;
I'll draw my curtain to the town,
And hum a purring note.

And I'll forget the way of tears,
And rock, and stir my tea.
But oh, I wish those blessed years
Were further than they be!

Dorothy Parker


--Did You Know: From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group she later disdained.

--Word of the Day: bien-pensant (bee-aN poN-saN [the last three syllables are nasal], adjective
Meaning: 1. Right-thinking; conservative; conformist. 2. Self-righteous.
Example: "We North London bien pensant types do our best, we really do."
(Peter York; How to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is; The Independent (London, UK); Sep 17, 2006.)

--Quote of the Day: To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent — that is to triumph over old age.
(Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

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