Bits and Pieces

By Rosie Moore

When I was a young girl my favorite place to be was at my Aunt Sophie and Uncle David’s home (actually they were my great aunt and uncle but that didn’t matter to me). They lived outside  of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in a suburb called Paxton which actually was just a  few houses set on top of a hill. There are many happy memories connected with my times there but to this day one memory stands out from all the rest. Aunt Sophie would hang her sheets and towels out in the summery air and when they were brought in they smelled of sunshine, a smell that cannot be duplicated by any business today. But the thing that really amazed me is how cool  and fresh they were when I crawled between those sheets at bedtime. After waving in the summery winds it seemed as if they brought the smell of the fresh air in the house with them.

With the coming of Autumn and the cool days and nights that  accompany these days, I was once again reminded of those long ago days. Only the pattern is reversed.  I now crawl beneath warm sheets and cuddle beneath warm blankets which  are warmed by automatic dryers. The  warmth is still there but the smell is definitely not the same. Once in a while I will hang my sheets outside just to get a whiff of yesterday.

Here are some unknown facts for you to ponder on: A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

A snail can sleep for three years.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but out nose and ears never stop growing.

Finally, John Grisham has done it again. Read his latest book, “Rogue Lawyer” and I guarantee you will find it fascinating. Here’s an excerpt from it: “Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment and a heavily armed driver.”  For those of you who have a penchant for novels that include judges, juries, lawyers, homeless people, drug-addicts and many others who are accused of crimes they didn’t commit, then Mr. Grisham is the author for you.

Thought for the day: Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit.  Henry David Thoreau

 

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