“It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise” – Mark Twain
Don’t you love the way the vegetation changes as summer approaches? How it becomes lush, and dense and bursting with color as each day grows warmer. Whether it’s the red-leafed maples, unfurling sword ferns, or towering Douglas firs of the Northwest, the visual journey as I near by home makes my heart beat a little faster; makes me hold each breath slightly longer.
“A bird in the boughs sang “June” and “June” hummed a bee in a bacchic glee, as he tumbled over and over drunk with the honey-dew.” – Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
And while you’re enjoying the summer months, be sure to share Flaherty’s Crossing with friends and bookclubs – now available in trade paperback and eBook formats: http://champagn.vstore.ca/index.php/manufacturers_id/74e
Here’s something to make you smile…
The Deaf Accountant
A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper has cheated him out of ten million bucks. His bookkeeper is deaf. That was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that a deaf bookkeeper would not hear anything that he might have to testify about in court. When the Don goes to confront the bookkeeper about his missing $10 million, he brings along his attorney, who knows sign language.
The Don tells the lawyer, “Ask him where the 10 million bucks he embezzled from me is.” The attorney, using sign language, asks the bookkeeper where the money is.
The bookkeeper signs back: “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
The attorney tells the Don: “He says he doesn’t know what you’re talking about.”
The Don pulls out a pistol, puts it to the bookkeeper’s temple and says, “Ask him again!”
The attorney signs to the bookkeeper: “He’ll kill you if you don’t tell him!”
The bookkeeper signs back: “OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Enzo’s backyard in Queens!”
The Godfather asks the attorney: “Well, what’d he say?”
The attorney replies: “He says you don’t have the balls to pull the trigger.”
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Kaylin’s Recommended Reads for June:
- Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay – The setting: Paris, July 1942 – Before ten year-old Sarah is arrested in the the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, she locks her younger brother in a cupboard, thinking she will be back quickly. A haunting novel and NYT best-selling phenomenon that readers can’t stop talking about… and can’t forget…
- Look Again by Lisa Scottoline – When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops–the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. A captivating and timely drama.
- Angry Housewives Eatting Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik – From her sensational sleeper hit “Patty Jane’s House of Curl” to her heartwarming novel “Welcome to the Great Mysterious,” Landvik has won the hearts of readers everywhere. Now she returns to her beloved stomping grounds of small-town Minnesota where she becomes involved with an eclectic, engaging group of women.
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Clever Thoughts and Cookies to Feed Them:
- “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”
– Sean O’Casey
- “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”
– Flannery O’Connor
- “My favorite optimist was an American who jumped off the Empire State Building, and as he passed the 42nd floor, the window washers heard him say, ‘So Far, so good.'”
– John McGahern, Leitrim author who wrote “The Barracks” and five other novels
Snickerdoodle Recipe: [1. mix 2. shape 3. dredge 4. flatten 5. bake 6. cool + eat ]
2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
1 + 1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
And for dredging:
1/4 cup sugar, mixed with 4 tsp. cinnamon
Bake at 350, 8-11 minutes on parchment lined sheets.
So remember… Stay positive. Give happiness away. And if you haven’t purchased your copy of Flaherty’s Crossing, be sure to visit Amazon.com today! http://tinyurl.com/2g89xdx
Have a great month!