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May Babies

May 21st, 2010 1 comment

No, I haven’t forgotten you May Babies.

Happy Birthday

Jon, Cindy, Wanda, Eric ,Jill, Sandy

Do you have someone to add to the list?


Book Club: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

May 21st, 2010 Comments off

Sherlock Holmes has long been one of my favorite characters of fiction.  Basil Rathbone became the image we most associate with the great detective and Nigel Bruce will forever be known as Dr. Watson.

I haven’t seen the latest version with Robert Downy, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson.  I’ll try to catch it on cable.  It is hard to believe anyone can match up to the original, but we’ll see.

I am halfway through the small printed 600 plus page complete and unabridged book.  The 37 stories are as originally printed in the British Magazine, Strand, between July 1891 and December 1892.  Contributing greatly to my enjoyment of the book are the drawings by Sidney Edward Paget. As the liner notes say:

The drawings of Sidney Paget illustrate the stories , illustrations as immortal as the stories themselves.  Paget produced more than 350 Sherlock Holmes illustrations, and it was his depictions which gave Holmes visual reality for everyone, which projected him throughout the world, and which today still provide the mould of the original hero in productions on state, screen and television.

Sidney Paget used his brother as the model for Holmes. Basil Rathbone was a perfect fit to play him. But, I  find that Dr. Watson, who is the narrator of the stories, does not bumble about as Nigel Bruce portrayed him.  Watson is the only friend the reclusive detective has, and he is an intelligent, respected, retired Army surgeon.  There are other revelations that I have found that I will share at another time.

The book was published in 1987 by Longmeadow Press.

The Eyes Have It

May 21st, 2010 2 comments

I brushed aside a beam of light, trying to see where it was coming from.  Was it a reflection off my glasses?  I walked into the next room, which was dark, and the laser-like arc of light was even stronger.  Oh, oh!

The next morning it was no better, so the  Kaiser nurse said to come right in. They were going to dilate my eyes, so I shouldn’t drive.  I called #1 son and within the hour he was at the house ready to take me.

The good news is that it was not the retina that was detached, but the vitreous gel under the retina that gets detached and becomes those annoying little floaters. It should not lead to a more serious condition. The light flashing should go away after a few weeks Dr. Lu said.

As I write this, my pupils are still big as saucers as I make these observations:

  • I am grateful that the doctor says I have healthy eyes.
  • I am  grateful for an adult son who is kind and loving, a strong arm to lean on in times like this.
  • I am also grateful for my friends in Bible study.  I missed seeing them today and I am sure they were praying for me.

It was not the way I chose to spend my day,  but all in all, it was a good day.  Maybe I’m looking at it  optimistically because my eyes are so WIDE open!  Maybe they need to be dilated more often.

Singin’ A Song . . .

May 21st, 2010 Comments off

Blue Skies . . . smiling on me . . . nothing but blue skies do I see . . .

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photo: M. Taylor

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