Thursday, December 31, 2009

Charles Dickens...

My brother sent me this quote about Dickens, one of my very favorite authors. I wanted to save it and share it.. so I posted it here.

"Dickens stands first as a defiant monument of what happens when a great literary genius has a literary taste akin to that of the community. For this kinship was deep and spiritual. Dickens was not like our ordinary demagogues and journalists. Dickens did not write what the people wanted. Dickens wanted what the people wanted. . . . Hence there was this vital point in his popularism, that there was no condescension in it.

“The belief that the rabble will only read rubbish can be read between the lines of all our contemporary writers, even of those writers whose rubbish the rabble reads. . . . The only difference lies between those writers who will consent to talk down to the people, and those writers who will not consent to talk down to the people. But Dickens never talked down to the people. He talked up to the people. He approached the people like deity and poured out his riches and his blood. This is what makes the immortal bond between him and the masses of men. He had not merely produced something they could understand, but he took it seriously, and toiled and agonized to produce it. They were not only enjoying one of the best writers, they were enjoying the best he could do. . . . His power, then, lay in the fact that he expressed with an energy and brilliancy quite uncommon the things close to the common mind. But with mere phrase, the common mind, we collide with a current error. Commonness and the common mind are now generally spoken of as meaning in some manner inferiority and the inferior mind; the mind of the mere mob. But the common mind means the mind of all the artists and heroes; or else it would not be common. . . . In everybody there is a certain thing that loves babies, that fears death, that likes sunlight: that thing enjoys Dickens.” -- G.K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Beary Merry Christmas...

I know.. . I couldn't resist.. :)


My friend Charise can make anything extraordinary. .. a wonder and delight!
Can you believe these packages. Charise.. you are an artist!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Cake...

C & I like to collaborate on cake. This is our Christmas Cake.. with dense, rich and heavy chocolate cake... C's best recipe and touch-of-mint pink frosting.. sprinkles with bits of crushed candy cane. Yum. I'd give you the recipe.. but I can't.. it's top secret. :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Beautiful Mind...

For some reason, I thought this movie would be frightening, but it wasn't. It was incredibly inspiring. It is a reflection of the divine, when a person is able to become his own master. I love this film.