Saturday, December 8, 2012

Saturday Sally/December 8

Sally: a brief journey; an excursion or trip.


If you ever plan to stay in a hotel, you ought to read Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky. I first heard about it here:
This humorous tell-all by a former hotel worker really is startling. I simply could not believe some of the things this man said in the interview. I bought the book for a couple people - one who works in a hotel and the other who used to run an inn. I think they will be fascinated, as I expect will I. You may visit the author's website to learn more.

After reading Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers, I realized that I know almost nothing about our former First Lady, so I was delighted to turn on the Diane Rehm show Thursday, and hear Michael Gillette, the author of an oral history of Lady Bird.  You may listen to it online, or via a podcast here. The first thing I learned was that the origin of her name wasn't as presented in the children's book. You aren't going to hear slander or scandal in this book. The author isn't flashy. He has compiled a record of Lady Bird's own words. I look forward to reading it.

My third stop on this week's Sally is on this very blog, six years ago today. I posted a most creative, and very, very sad YouTube remembrance of John Lennon on the date he died. There were no comments that day, since I was a very new blogger and just a handful of people knew Letters from a Hill Farm existed. The original YouTube video is now blocked by EMI, so I went searching and found one that is available.

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  1. I remember that day vividly. I found my mom crying.

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    1. Oh, that's so touching. So many of us were (and still are, occasionally).

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  2. I was working the day shift that day in a surgical intensive care unit at the US Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction ,Vermont. There are days you cannot forget that make you remember exactly what you were doing when you heard-

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    1. So many fellows around here go to that hospital.

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  3. What a lovely video, I want to go to that cottage! I have a postcard of a very similar one, also in Ireland, propped up beside me. Very poignant, beautifully made film.
    Carole

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    1. I somehow think Ireland is dotted with them. Your description of the movie is perfect. I wish I knew who did it. I think it could have gotten one of those short movie awards.

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  4. I love your original blog posting Nan, I had the same feelings, still do really.

    Carole

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    1. Time hasn't changed the sadness at all, has it.

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  5. It's still so very sad about John Lennon and all the other celebrities touched by "fan" violence. So sad. Thank you for the Ladybird interview. Did you hear about the forever stamp that will benefit the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center? I'm going to buy some very soon.~~Dee

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  6. Hi Nan - I was intrigued by _Heads in Beds_ - saw the author interviewed hither and yon. I may actually buy it if I can't get it at the library. I am impressed by how neat the books are in the shelves that flank your Santa.

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    1. All my books look like that. Can't help it. :<)

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  7. I, too, remember when I heard the news of Lennon's murder. I was watching Monday night football when the famously irritating announcer Howard Cossel announced the shooting. I can't remember who was playing in that game - but I will never forget the breaking news that ABC Sports jumped all over. I assume that Monday Night Football fans were among the first in the world to hear about it.

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  8. What a loss it was to the world when John Lennon was murdered. I still remember where I was when I heard the news.

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  9. Enjoyed the sally (it's hard for me to write that without a capital S for some strange reason ;>).. I'm going to look up the "Heads in Beds." I think I told you that I heard that interview on Lady Bird. I do want to read that book as well.

    Catching up on your posts that I missed while away from blogging (Saturday 15th) ; too sad and distracted today to read my books... but your writing always makes me feel good. I need that today.

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    1. The author was SO interesting!
      Thank you very, very much for your words. You made me feel good.

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