Monday, October 15, 2012

Masked Mom's Media Monday: More Snippets & A Late Link-Up

The fantastic and oh-so-industrious Larissa over at Papa Is A Preacher has started TidBit Thursday, a link-up party and guess who's ever-so-late to the party? (It's Thursday somewhere, right? In an alternate universe, maybe? So alternate me, better in every way, is punctual as always.) My two-birds-with-one-stone excuse for both my lateness and the fact that this Media Monday post will largely be yet another collection of other people's words is that the past week or two has been go-go-go around here with Youngest Sister's family's visit from California and the recovery at work from the time I took off to (thoroughly) enjoy that visit. Add in a slow-moving but all-absorbing cold and you have not only the most-hyphenated post in the history of Masked Mom, but a recipe for bloggy laziness.

So here I am, with more quotes culled from my Post-It-befeathered quote notebooks. When it comes to quotations, I'm like Hubby is with every found screw, scrap of wood, or loose bolt. He saves every single tidbit he stumbles across because "You never know when you might need it." Twenty-plus years of socking away everybody else's breathtaking turns-of-phrase, wisps of witty wisdom, and eloquently-put epiphanies and I could wallpaper my house with these things. I figure Hubby will be happier if I just share another batch of them here instead. 

"Hard work may pay off in the long run, but the benefits of laziness are immediate."
 ~~Marc Acito, How I Paid For College: A Novel of Sex, Theft Friendship, and Musical Theater
"In a family, what isn't spoken is what you listen for. But the noise of the family is to drown it out."
~~Joyce Carol Oates, We Were The Mulvaneys
"Ultimately, other people are amateurs compared to me in the horrible things I can say about myself. I cannot even bear to list the things that fill my mind during these episodes of self-loathing. I think we all have our own messages, the tapes that play over and over in our minds, that weaken us, that desecrate the holiness of our lives, that come disguised as a way to motivate ourselves, when really they are all about self-sabotage."
~~Margaret Cho, I'm The One That I Want
"Cliches are like those little crosses you see at the side of highways: They mark a place where a genuine feeling or insight has met its end."
~~Peter Selgin, "The X Files: Confessions of a Cranky Lit-Mag Editor" in Poets & Writers, May/June 2006
"The book of things that I have forgotten contains most of my life. But then, what would we do without forgetfulness? I feel like there is hardly room for everything I do recall."
~~Sven Birkerts, My Sky Blue Trades
"Who knows when memory, unbidden, will burst out and take hostages?"
~~Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men


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  1. I love this one, "Hard work may pay off in the long run, but the benefits of laziness are immediate." --I should start now :-)

  2. I didn't know that you had a sister in California! I am happy that you got a visit, but sorry to hear about your cold. That's one thing about living on a mountain (by yourself); colds do not factor in. I loved your post-you do not have to prove to anyone that you are capable of original thoughts!

  3. "Who knows when memory, unbidden, will burst out and take hostages?"
    ~~Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men

    I like that one.. Very much.

    Thank you for coming to our party, Masked Mom! And thank you for bringing these bits for us to enjoy. :)

  4. Masked Mom does it again as we all add feathers to our own stuffed notebooks. Loved the Margaret Cho. I think I have that written down somewhere already. Perhaps I'll write it again.

  5. Ok, seriously need a new notebook to start writing all these lovely snippits down. Thank you for that!

    Oh and just because you are wonderful here's a Reader Appreciation Award just for you ;-)

  6. Wow! I especially like the Selgin.

  7. LOVE that Margaret Cho one!
    The laziness one made me laugh, as I sit here in my pj's reading blogs.