November 3rd, 2017 → 5:07 am

Glendower:  “I can call spirits from the vasty deep.”

Hotspur:  “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?”

– King Henry IV, Part I

I wake most mornings and try to write – some days, the words flow, other days, they do not.  Imagination and creativity are mysterious spirits.  I only wish I could see to the bottom of their vasty deep; I bet it is a riot down there.

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October 29th, 2017 → 7:52 am

    “There’s a special 
    providence in the fall of a sparrow.  If it be now,
    ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be
    now; if it be not now, yet it will come:  the
    readiness is all.”– Hamlet

I attended a production of Hamlet last night.  It’s always good to see an actual performance of Shakespeare, and not just read the plays, as I do so often.  My poor husband, however, was likely annoyed with the amount of times I leaned over and said the famous phrases before the characters did – there’s so many good lines in that play!  The quote above about just accepting your fate, however, I had forgotten until last night.  And it feels particularly apt in my life right now.  I had a terrible week this past week with so very many things going wrong; I’m still exhausted from the worry and lack of sleep due to it.  I know that I need to laugh, give in, and accept things sometimes…let life just come as it may…it’s just hard for me. I must remember: the readiness is all.

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Women’s Voices

October 20th, 2017 → 7:56 am

    “Her voice was ever soft,
    Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman.” – King Lear

Let women continue to speak up, and let the world be sure to hear them.


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Some Scatalogical Humor to Break Up the Day

October 16th, 2017 → 6:10 am

“The poop was beaten gold.” – Antony and Cleopatra

‘Poop’ in no way means poop in this sentence; it refers to a short deck built over the main deck in an old sailing vessel.  But if my seven year old son had been reading the text with me when I came across this sentence, he would have devolved into helpless laughter.  So this morning’s post is for all of you seven year olds out there, with an appreciation of silly humor.

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Lecherous Men

October 10th, 2017 → 6:39 am

    “Th’ adulterous [Antony], most large
    In his abominations.” – Antony and Cleopatra

I put Antony in brackets above, only because it can be interchanged with all manner of famous men’s names.  Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Silvio Berlusconi, Tim Murphy, Dennis Hastert…   this is getting too depressing to continue…

Filed under: Blog & Stupid/Evil People

Happy Birthday To Me

October 7th, 2017 → 6:52 am

🎂 🎉 😊 🎈

No quote today, just happy birthday to me! I’m always amazed when I’ve made it another year in the Book of Life. Now, when do I get to dive into that chocolate birthday cake I know is in the refrigerator?

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Internal Divisions

October 4th, 2017 → 6:34 am

    “Noble friends,
    That which combined us was most great, and let not
    A leaner action rend us.  What’s amiss,
    May it be gently heard.  When we debate
    Our trivial difference loud, we do commit
    Murder in healing wounds.” – Antony and Cleopatra

First, yes, I am reading Antony and Cleopatra right now, which is why all my quotes lately are coming from this one play.  Second, this quote could apply to Democrats and the fight between moderates and more left-leaning liberals.  Or, this quote could apply to Republicans and the internal divisions therein.  Come to think of it, this quote could apply to Spain and the Catalonia referendum. Wherever one looks, there is division and in-fighting at the moment!

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ShakeDic: wassail

September 30th, 2017 → 5:41 am

“Leave thy lascivious wassails.” – Antony and Cleopatra

wassail – to drink copious amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way; to carouse (n. a carousal)

Personally, I could go for a lascivious wassail right about now.

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Congressional Republicans

September 26th, 2017 → 5:26 am

    “This common body,
    Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream,
    Goes to and back, lackeying the varying tide
    To rot itself with motion.” – Antony and Cleopatra

Some vocab translation:  “vagabond flag” means a drifting iris,  and “lackeying” means to follow in a servile fashion, like a lackey.

My only disagreement with this quote as applied to current Congressional Republicans, is that they aren’t rotting themselves with this back and forth on health care, they were already rotten to begin with.

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Slime in Shakespeare’s Time

September 23rd, 2017 → 5:20 am

“By the fire that quickens Nilus’ slime.” – Antony & Cleopatra

I have a recurring theme in some of these posts – ShakeDic – where I discuss novel words from Shakespeare’s texts.  This is the opposite.  Sometimes I’m amazed when reading Shakespeare to come across a word I would have thought was contemporary and not at all around in Shakespeare’s time.  For example:  slime.  Doesn’t slime sound like something out of Ghostbusters?  Or at the very least, the 20th century?  Apparently not, as it is used in Antony and Cleopatra to describe the mud of the Nile.  A quick look up of it in the dictionary claims it to be of “old English” and that it has been in consistent, frequent use since well before the 1800s.  Huh.

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