On the last Wednesday of every month, I serve up a potpourri of advice, inspiration and other tidbits I've come across in recent weeks. On this wintry Wednesday, I've gathered up an assortment of thoughts about the season and the pastimes--reading, writing, music, laughter, gatherings with friends--that help us get through it.
And if all of that doesn't warm you up enough, I'm throwing in a winter getaway at the end: a little jaunt down to Memphis to recap our visit to Graceland a few months ago. Believe it or not, there's a connection here. Though this isn't something I would normally have on my calendar, I happened to hear on the radio that Elvis's birthday was January 8. So come on along to Graceland for a belated birthday celebration. You just might get a taste of peanut butter-banana ice cream. It's never too cold for that!
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
-- Victor Hugo, poet, author, playwright
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
-- Haruki Murakami, author
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
-- John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything . . . It's the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it's a cactus.
-- Enid Bagnold, author and playwright
My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.
-- George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows
The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.
-- Christopher Morley, author
Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.
-- Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world.
-- Anne Lamott, author
I want to watch the blue mist of the night come on,
The windows and the stars illumined, one by one,
The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily,
And the moon rise and turn them silver. I shall see
The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass;
And when old Winter puts his blank face to the glass,
I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight,
And build me stately palaces by candlelight.
-- Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal
There are more truths in a good book than its author meant to put into it.
-- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, author and playwright
I'm not even going to try for a graceful segue, except to say, "And now, for something completely different . . . "
All Graceland photos by Nan Pokerwinski
1/31/2018 06:26:37 am
Oh, my gosh! I'd nearly forgotten the nearly life-sized Elvis in the rec room of the amazing beach house in Cape Canaveral where I stayed with my cousins. Believe it or not, he was easy to miss, what with all the stuffed fish and the 6' giraffe across from the door.
2/1/2018 06:25:51 am
How on earth did you find such a place?
1/31/2018 12:18:19 pm
Beautiful photos! (colors so bright, I had to put on my shades) "I've reason to believe we all will be received in Graceland."
2/1/2018 06:25:16 am
Will Darwin be adding on a jungle room for you?
2/1/2018 01:04:39 pm
2/2/2018 06:17:40 am
Dont know where you come up with these author quotes, but they're great! Especially liked Enid Bagnold, Anne Lamott, and Marie Ebner Eschenbach. Also, wow! really enjoyed looking into Elvis home, thanks! like that hat on Ray ♡
2/8/2018 08:45:01 am
Finding that hat was one of the highlights of the trip. We had a lot of fun playing around with it.
2/8/2018 08:45:32 am
I never thought I'd go there myself, but I'm glad we did.
2/3/2018 10:11:36 am
Every one of those quotes was my favorite one. LOL..I'd read one and think how well said. Then I'dread the next and think I like this one the best. On and on till I had said I like this one the best on each one of them!! I enjoy your Wednesday Wisdom.
2/8/2018 08:49:54 am
Interesting to hear about the changes in Graceland. I expected it to be frumpier and tackier, but the grounds were lovely, and the house was nicer than expected.
2/5/2018 04:39:11 pm
Another winner Nan!
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Written from the heart,
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Nan Sanders Pokerwinski, a former journalist, writes memoir and personal essays, makes collages and likes to play outside. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, Ray.