Friday, May 22, 2015

One Is Better Than None


A single letter is like a single lady. One is better than none. This one goes out in tomorrow's mail. JC is home for a long weekend. Translation: Time is limited.


I am no longer holding on to one of my favorite postcards. It's halfway home by now. What a couple. I am a Diego mural fan. Frieda? Not so much.


I still don't get the title. "Garden & Gun?" There's an article on shot guns in this issue, so perhaps it counts. I'm not so sure about gardens. So why include the magazine in a post about mail and such? Well, I proudly choose to tell you that I have pen friends from every state listed in the red box . . . Wait. Is it red because they're all red states? No matter. I have pen friends in all those states listed except TN. I have a dream. I dream that some day I will have a letter from someone who lives in every united state, and the District of Columbia. Maybe not. I'd really really really like all the states postcards! With their matching postage stamp. Wouldn't that be a marvel? We could sign up to participate. Put our names on a list and . . . Patty? Pamela? Somebody? Anybody? How to do it?

I know! Well, I thought I did. Anyway, here's a link to the state stamps. http://www.theus50.com/texas/stamp.php

Moving on . . . Here's the best reason for telling you about this issue of Garden & Gun. I discovered it on page 52.


Who knew? Are you a Eudora Welty fan? I have no idea who he is since I have not Googled his name yet, but the very idea sounds interesting, yes? 


Would you want your deeply private letters published after you've passed on? Is nothing sacred private? Wow. I hope none of mine survive. I'd spin in my urn if they were! I looked for the book today. The story is loosely biographical. I like the last sentence in this tease: ". . . the tale is accompanied by thirteen years' worth of letters between the authors--a rich back-and-forth that proves that while memories may fade, great writing never does."  CJ Lotz 

I have learned to be cautious about pre-ordering a book without reading excerpts first. Oh, wait. Link on.



Oh, goodness. Did you read the Kirkus Review? Oh, bless their hearts. I have to read it now. Sign me up Scotty!

Then there's this: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/suzanne-marrs/what-there-say-we-have-said/

So many books. Thankfully.

11 comments:

  1. I knew none of this exsisted until you put it up here yeah not a big fan of frieda Kahlo either myself . Now never knew that magazine exsisted either .well now what else can I say not much but have a great weekend and glad the Mr made it home for the long weekend . stay safe and sane I know it is hard in this world especially the sane part . LOL .

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    1. Thanks. Will do if you do the same. :)

      Kahlo intrigued me for years. Some of her art is great, but all the works with fetuses is just like my opinion: subjective. She had a great sense of style. In the end, she lived her life her way, just as all free people should. I appreciate your opinion as much as I do my own. LOL.

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  2. Your envelope is beautiful - did you draw those beautiful designs? Eudora Welty is who the first official email program, Eudora, was named after - she wrote "Why I Live at the Post Office". I still miss that software, and I really should read her books sometime, if I can find them.

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    1. Hey Jackie! Thank you, and yes ma'am. I doodled it while I watched the Cavaliers abuse the Hawks. Stress doodling is different from intentional doodling. :) I'm a member of Doodlers Anonymous. Shh. Don't tell.

      I just read "Why I Live at the Post Office" again; it's still just as enjoyable. Thanks for a giving me another reason to relax and laugh.

      I never used Eudora but I knew people who did and urged me to; and I did not recall if I ever knew the software was named after her. I have several copies of her short stories collections and possibly at least one novel. I love southern writers. Perhaps it explains why I read Oxford American and Garden & Gun on the sly, and requested that my first subscriptions come in brown wrappers. ;) I'm sure you'll find Welty still in book stores, and Amazon. Let me know what your first choice will be. :)

      Have a safe and happy holiday!

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  3. http://art-bin.com/art/or_weltypreface.html

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  4. My niece from Petersburg, VA sent me a subscription to Garden & Gun and I must be the ONLY person here in San Francisco to get it. I don't know about getting cards from all of the states but I can send you a CA postcard with a CA stamp!

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    1. Oh! Your niece is lovely. People who give subscriptions as gifts are special. Do you like the magazine? It's as popular here as grits and gravy with biscuits. Good Dog always makes me laugh out loud.

      You can get those postcards AND the stamp??? You are still a miracle worker! Yes! I'd love it. And thank you! :D

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  5. I wouldn't mind if my letters were published after I'm dead. What do I care? I'll be dead. I want a pen pal from Tennessee. My dream is to live somewhere in Tennessee. I just need to convince my husband.

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    1. Hmm. Why would I care? Goodness! Too many answers popped into my head the second I asked. You have a healthier attitude. :)

      I hope you get a pen pal from Tennessee. Why do you want to live there? I'm curious.

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  6. I'm from Missouri.Do you have a penpal from there?

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    1. Jessica! I don't think I have ever gotten mail from Missouri. Shall I Google your state to see what it is like, or will you tell me? Have you ever been to Texas?

      Thanks!

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