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One of those reliable parts of life. If I own and use an umbrella, pretty soon I don't have it any more. Poof.
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Squirrels have a lot to answer for ...
Toggle Commented May 16, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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LA must be pretty much an umbrella-free zone. If I remember correctly from my time in Venice, the falling down thing to fear was giant palm fronds. I am unredeemed hippie in style, I'm afraid. Birkenstocks. I still wear Birkenstocks.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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I, too, like to pull the hood up or grab a hat instead of using an umbrella. Two kinds of people there. I wonder if it has to do with the kind of hair. Mine frizzes us from the humidity of the rain. Not much point in trying to keep it dry. The damage is already done.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Being retired is a very 'freeing' thing. A lot of folks say, "Now I can go to Nome Alaska." Or, "Now I can tie all the flies I want." I said, "Now I can sleep late." Then I got a dog that wakes up at the crack of dawn. I do, however, get to dress pretty much as I choose.
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I keep thinking the Japanese are the best umbrella-ists. I do love the bright colors. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d8/6a/4c/d86a4cdbb7025b4dbe47659d5aebfa8f.jpg Any time I see one of those art umbrellas out in a gray rainy day, I feel joyful.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Sometimes the DD will swipe something I've used and valued. I am so happy to pass it along. We get an emotional attachment to objects. Natural, I think. Velveteen-Rabbit-like bringing the inanimate to life. (I can't read that book w/o crying.) Pass along a treasured item and it has two lives. So cool.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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That is a fine clever thought for when we have to, or choose to, use computers out in the sun. I will keep this in mind. Thank you. And thank you for the good work FEMA does. You guys are on the side of the angels.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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We never have enough umbrellas and we never have one when we need it. Now, of late years I don't use one at all. I have a folding umbrella that sits in a basket in the back of the car -- I store stuff in baskets in the car -- but I never take it out. I just cram a hat on my head and run into wherever I have to go. That's the difference between me and actual umbrella users. I don't go for walks in the rain and I very seldom have to look neat and well pressed.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Or a sword stick umbrella where you'd pull out your weapon and fight off the baddies. Surely somebody should have thought of that. Like http://www.thecoverteye.com/m7/600040--umbrella-sword.html
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Slop about in my ratty old clothes. Live where I like. Be evasive when somebody asks what I do, leaving them with the impression I run numbers or something. Work with the dog at my feet. I love writing.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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No greater compliment or satisfaction than to have something we love and someone else loves it too
Toggle Commented May 13, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Long ago I made a quilt of such treasured things. Even the quilt has disappeared, swiped in one of my many moves. "Time you thief who loves to get sweets into your list, put that in."
Toggle Commented May 13, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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It is the nature of favorite umbrellas that those are the ones that get left behind somewhere. It is also true of favorite sweaters. I still miss mine so much. I join you in celebrating automatic umbrellas. As my fingers get older and less clever and the chllly winds of a good rain blow harder every year, I am more and more grateful for umbrellas that go "Whoop" and open like magic. Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Congratulations on dancing. What a wonderful thing to do. And I love the "shrug" which I've never heard before. Beautiful idiom.
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Those lovely pictures of all five of us lined up in our Easter bonnets and shiny black patent leather shoes ... Who patents shoes, anyway? (I actually went back and looked it up. It was patented back in early C19.)
Toggle Commented May 13, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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Y'know -- it's really difficult to handle an umbrella plus Umbrella plus purse. Umbrella plus toddler. Umbrella plus keeping your skirts out of the mud. Did men eschew umbrellas because they needed their hands free to be helpful? To defend a fair maiden. To offer assistance getting out of the carriage? Or -- on the other hand (so to speak) -- did they insist on keeping their hands free because they were privileged enough never to have to carry anything utilitarian or care for children ... And so much yes on the umbrella never being where you need it when the skies open.
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That's me. That's me. I have five pricey outfits stored in their plastic dry cleaning bags to wear to conferences. Everything else is old, worn in, cotton hang-about-the house clothing. Tee shirts with flamingos on them. Floppy soft jeans. Writers' privilege. Painters poets stable owners, independent car mechanics, market gardeners, goat herders, house cleaners, contract assassins, freelance copyeditors, wildlife photographers, day traders ... some of us get to dress pretty much as we please.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2017 on Under the Umbrella at Word Wenches
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It's mid-century 1700s in England and only women seem bright enough to get under umbrellas. Exceptions were male servants who are carrying the dreaded unmasculine things to cover their mistresses from carriage to door or along the streets, doubtless getting wet themselves, and the odd clergyman who kept one on hand for funerals held out in the open in the rain. When did this change? When did men raise the umbrella overhead in pride? Continue reading
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I'm trying to decide whether this is total liberties with history or maybe more like ... interpolation. Tony Perrottet says at Smithsonian.com: “'I have shed tears of blood,' Sade wrote, and he died believing that the manuscript was destroyed when the Bastille was sacked. Miraculously, he was wrong. Two days before the mob attacked, an eagle-eyed citizen found the roll hidden in the wall — historians know nothing more about him than his name, Arnoux de Saint-Maximin — and for unknown reasons, decided to save it. The manuscript fell into the possession of a wealthy French family, and finally re-emerged in 1904 in Berlin," The more complete story is at: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-was-marquis-de-sade-180953980/#E3f2mdy2ALu0VVtc.99 So I suppose it's plausible St Cyr might have read a copy of the manuscript that was - let's say - passed around a small group of discreet fashionables while the 'wealthy French family' held it.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on What We Are Reading This Month at Word Wenches
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I have it beside my desk and am aout to start reading. Dark , huh? (I will keep cookies nearby)
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on What We Are Reading This Month at Word Wenches
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I was impressed and taken aback and delighted by The Writing Life. I will return to it someday, which is something I save for a very few books.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on What We Are Reading This Month at Word Wenches
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Yes. The 'Kitty Fisher' portrait is so joke-y. Not terribly complimentary to her, either.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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There's something beautifully human in putting a dog in the book. Humanity's oldest friends. Every child in all our first history growing up with a dog next to them in the archetypal pile of grass and animal skins bed. Gnawing on bones from the family meal. Playing catch with some stick. I know our Regency heroine has to be free of dogs and cats, parents, protective brothers and sisters, interested neighbors and school friends ... otherwise she can't go off adventuring. But yes, I think she'd have a dog in real life.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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I don't know much about owl keeping. They're not like hawks or falcons or suchlike that are used for hunting. Which is odd when you consider how good they are at catching small prey. I like those little owls that nest on the ground and are very small. Burrowing owls. I don't think I'd want one for a pet, but I would purely love to protect some and give them a safe habitat and watch them from a distance. I guess that's a kind of pet.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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