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  • xelene 2:43 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Disraeli,   

    The fool wonders, the wise man asks.

    Benjamin Disraeli
     
  • Pat Bertram 7:23 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: law of the hammer   

    The law of the hammer: Give a child a hammer and everything becomes a nail.

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:45 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fiction, John Gardner, truth   

    Fiction seeks out truth. — John Gardner

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:42 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: devil dogs, Marine mascot   

    The marine mascot (a snarling bulldog’s head wearing a crushed military cap) was chosen because in France in 1918, the Germans called the Marines Teufelhunden — devil dogs.

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:41 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: spade   

    Calling a spade an entrenching device doesn’t change it’s nature.

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:40 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: imagination, Mark Twain   

    Mark Twain said, “You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:40 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: PT Barnum, sucker born every minute   

    PT Barnum did not say, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” He said, “The bigger the humbug, the better the people will like it.”

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:39 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: resentment   

    Harboring resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other guy to die. –Carrie Fisher

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:38 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: captain on a sinking ship, maritime law   

    There is no maritime law that requires the captain to stay with his passengers, or that women and children are the first allowed off a sinking ship. In August, 1991 as the Greek liner Oceanus was sinking off the coast of South Africa, the captain made it off on the first helicopter, elbowing aside the elderly and leaving 170 astonished passengers on the ship.

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:36 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: leaves, words,   

    The other morning I was staring out the window at all the leaves on the ground, marveling at how so much come from almost nothing. A bit of water, a bit of soil, a bit of sun, and something exists where nothing did before. I cherish those leaves. There’s no lawn here, just native grasses, so I don’t need to rake the leaves. I let them finish out their natural cycle of replenishing the soil from which they came.

    Looking at those leaves, I was reminded of written words, and how they come from almost nothing. A circle, a few lines, a couple of dots, various arcs, and something exists where nothing did before. We never run out of words. We use the same words over and over again, combining them infinitely into ideas, stories, lullabies.

    Recycling the very same words you use every day, I wrote four novels (plus that one poor begotten thing that’s locked away never to see the light of publication), hundreds of bloggeries, and thousands of comments. I hope my words live out their natural cycle, replenishing the mental soil from which they come.

    Okay, I’m getting a bit over the top here, so I’ll get to the point. Some of those words are now residing on other people’s blogs all over the Internet from Canada to Florida, from Australia to South Africa. Today I’m in the U.S.A. Please stop by to visit me at one or all of these locations. I’ll be glad to rake up a few words of greeting for you.

    Murder by 4 — Suspense: More is More

    Bookworm — Names Matter

    Dragon My Feet — Interview

    Also, I am pleased to welcome Aaron Lazar to my blog. Please stop by and mumble, groan, hiss, grunt, expostulate or simply say hi. — Dialogue Tags.

    Click here to find: Bertram’s novels on Amazon

    Click here to find: Bertram’s novels at Second Wind Publishing

    My novels are available in all ebook formats at Smashwords. Also, 30% of each novel is available as a free download. Click here to find: Bertram’s novels on Smashwords.

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:51 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: failure, , success   

    No success or failure is necessarily final.

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:51 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Joyce Cary, , tragedy   

    It is the tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn’t know — and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows everything. — Joyce Cary

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:49 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Never diminish your own worth, not even in jest, or someone will start to believe it.

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:48 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: astronomers,   

    Astronomers see more stars dying now and fewer being born. The Universe is going dark.

    I guess the last person left alive won’t have to remember to turn off the lights.

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:47 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Voltaire   

    If this is the best of all possible worlds, what are the others like? — Voltaire

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:46 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: orangutan   

    Orangutans have the same number of teeth as humans, the same blood pressure and body temperature.

     
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