Saturday, January 9, 2016

Morning update 09:16

"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."
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Neil Gaiman

This morning, being gray as yesterday, calls for another log on the fire and a hot cup of coffee to get things kicked off or, if you have neither, perhaps the Neil Gaiman quote would do. It got me going. Also along with my lukewarm morning cup of coffee, I read a good article at The Atlantic by Colleen Gillard titled "Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories". It's worth reading if you have young kids or if you're any kind of storyteller.

So, that's it for the moment. I've been away from my post here in the borderlands, tending grandchildren for awhile. It was wonderful but now we're back in the swirl, moving south and, by next week, we'll be back in Nevada though M. Lee is already planning a next adventure.

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Note: There is a good discussion of Gillard's article on Metafilter. On the whole, seems the Mefites are quite critical of it. Lots of good points. 

2 comments:

Roy said...

It's bright here this morning. And 2 degrees F.

The absolute best childrens' stories that my son loved the most were The Hobbit, (read aloud in installments--and I wish I could do that again) and "Stories for Children" by Isaac Bahsevis Singer. I like to think these mark when he was finally introduced to the complete, well-written sentence.

Otherwise, I agree the British have a flair for the story. It is probably no accident that the best Mr. Conductor (and story narrator for Thomas the Tank Engine episodes) on Shining Times Station was Ringo Starr. George Carlin...meh. Even my very young son preferred the dry rendition of the ex-Beatle.

asha said...

2 degrees!? Yikes. I thought we had it bad here. Brrrrrrrrrrr

I also prefer the Brits humor. Americans are too obvious.