Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The New And The Old


Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James draws a devoted crowd to book signing. That's the (paraphrased) title of a Washington Post article I just read. Strangely enough I had never heard of that author which probably gives a hint about how uncool I am.

One of the reader comments printed below the article was:

I just wasted several hours trying to read this amateur drivel, which after the halfway mark I set aside as a lost cause. The dialogue is childish as to be utterly boring. It makes me wonder, who in the world is reading this slop and how in the world did it get to be a N.Y.T. 1 best seller? After checking it out on Goodreads, I find that it's the kind of book you love or hate. More readers disliked the book than liked it. It must be the erotica that has attracted so many readers, but it does not hold a candle to "The Story of O" as literary erotica.

My advice; don't waste your time or money.

Now I am wondering if I should buy and read the book (or books) --

I'll think about it.


Press Office  SSA
For Immediate Release

Statement of Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, on the Initial Success of the New Online Social Security Statement: I am pleased with the public’s initial response to our new online Social Security Statement. Since our May 1 launch, more than 130,000 people have successfully created an online account to access their Statement information, with the first 100,000 coming online in less than three days.

ALSO, People should get in the habit of checking their online Statement each year -- around their birthday, for example.  To learn more about it, or to try it yourself, please go here.



Literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire.

Wikipedia describes erotica as being works of art, including literature, photography, film, sculpture and painting, that deal substantively with erotically stimulating or sexually arousing descriptions. Wiki also says that distinction is often made between erotica and pornography, but I have yet to understand the precise difference between the two. To me it seems that they are the same except for a disparity of opinion of those doing the judging.

The Naked Maja by Francisco de Goya

I would say that the above image is neither erotic nor pornographic. It's merely an illustration of a woman who is not wearing clothes. It is no more sexually provocative than is the image below.

The Clothed Maja by Francisco de Goya

Earlier I wrote that the above image is neither erotic nor pornographic. But if I speak that sentence aloud I am conflicted, as they say these days. Should the word neither be pronounced 'nee-thur' or 'nye-thur?' It seems strange to me, but I pronounce it both ways at different times. When speaking aloud I usually pronounce it nee-thur since that was the way I was taught to pronounce it. But when I encounter the word when I am reading, I (mentally) hear myself pronouncing it nye-thur.

Go figure!


Ricky Nelson
 Born May 8, 1940
Died Dec 31, 1985
(in a plane crash)

Ricky Nelson (along with his brother David) was both the fictionalized and the real life son of Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard.

When Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, Ozzie Nelson was prompted to create his own family situation comedy on radio. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet launched on CBS on October 8, 1944, moving to NBC in October 1948, and making a late-season switch back to CBS in April 1949. Our whole family gathered around the radio each weekly evening to listen to the Nelson family's adventures.

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet premiered on ABC Television on October 10, 1952, staying until September 3, 1966.

Nostalgia tugs at the heart in a bittersweet manner.


Born May 8, 1926


Harry S. Truman
Born May 8, 1884
Died Dec 26, 1972

 Truman was the 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953) and the one who authorized the use of atomic weapons against Japan. The bombs killed as many as 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki by the end of 1945,

       --Harry S. Truman

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