Go and look at flowers

Go and look at flowers

A wonderful story of a woman who decides her grandchildren need to spend more time looking at nature and talking to people.  I loved her humorous and decisive course of action and the fact that she was so loved by her family that they forgave her technological...
Paying the bill

Paying the bill

A charming admission of costs incurred by a character who appears in György Faludy’s memoir of life in Communist Hungary.  This outrageously sumptuous evening takes place in pre-communist days, during Faludy’s childhood.  A larger than life person, this...
Merry in the greenwood

Merry in the greenwood

Something blithe and enchanting about this description of the man she loves, before she realises that he loves her.  He is resilient, upstanding, independent, kind, and merry.  She loves him from the get-go, as he does her, though her belief in that takes some...
Tartar laughter

Tartar laughter

The boy Gorky was much impressed by a group of Tartars he met with his buddies, and in particular of their capacity to laugh.  I liked his description of their untrammelled merriment, despite the roughness of their lives. Carry on laughing!  Their laughter was...
A song to make me laugh

A song to make me laugh

This one I discovered by accident, tucked away at the end of the album for which its composer is famous, namely Tubular Bells.  I bought the CD second-hand in a moment of nostalgia and was unexpectedly disappointed in revisiting the Tubular Bells piece, but it was...
Begin with breakfast

Begin with breakfast

Wondering how best to get this bright new year off to a good start?  Follow this sound advice from the Swallows & Amazons family.   I got up early to make what I thought were muffins until, having liberally adapted the recipe, I realized it was meant to be for...
Everything good in this world

Everything good in this world

Zorba lived life to the hilt long before the advent of political correctness.  He wouldn’t have had much time for it even if he had lived to see it.But this comment made me laugh, particularly the relegation of chamomile tea to the unpleasant aspects of life. I...
But I was content

But I was content

A delightful, easy moment captured in a few simple lines which remind me of the French expression to feel ‘good in your skin’ (‘bien dans sa peau’). May you laugh only because you really want to and because you feel so well, and the air is so...

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