International Drive Your Studebaker Day

Though it closed up shop in the mid-1960s, there are still people who love the Studebaker brand. For these folks there is this holiday when they take their autos out of storage and show them off to the world.

Studebaker was an American wagon and automobile manufacturer based in South Bend, Indiana, which was founded in 1852. Their official name was the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company. The three brothers (out of a family of 10 children) who began the company were Clem, Peter, and John,

The company was originally a producer of wagons for farmers, miners, and the military. Studebaker marketed electric cards in 1902, and gasoline vehicle in 1904. Over the next 50 years, the company established a reputation for quality and reliability. The company was doing very well when the crash of 1929 came. They went into receivership in 1933, but managed to find their feet again, and did quite well until World War II came along, when they switched to making trucks, which were more in demand at that time. At the same time, they were preparing for the post-war market.

After the war, they began strong, but the fierce competition between Ford and GM hurt the smaller companies, who could not compete with the low prices of the big guys. Studebaker tried some mergers, most notably with Packard, but their days were numbered, and finally they shut the doors.

Now you can see the great old cars at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend Indiana, or perhaps in your own town as they drive around on this special day.

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As you might guess, there aren’t a lot of quotes about Studebakers, but here are a couple. The rest are about cars in general

If you don’t think the front end of a Studebaker is sexy, you better check your pulse.–Mikse Wolf

Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat – a Studebaker.–Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl (Muppet Movie)

The cars we drive say a lot about us.–Alexandra Paul

All of those cars were once just a dream in somebody’s head.–Peter Gabriel

I love vintage cars because you can do so much more to them.–T-Pain

Cars bring me sheer joy.–Evan Spiegel

Cars are the sculptures of our everyday lives.–Chris Bangle

Modern cars I don’t like so much.–Amber Heard

I thought cars were essential ingredients of life itself.–Edward Herrmann

As we drive down the freeways, we see the new cars, but not the massive new-car loans that enslave their drivers to the banks.–Gerry Spence

The car was invented as a convenient place to sit out traffic jams.–Evan Esar

I also tend to like cars that need me. To me, cars are like old screen doors. I know that if I jiggle the latch and move it this way, it will open for me and no one else. And that’s the kind of cars I like. So I’m the worst possible kind of consumer to do a test on. I like idiosyncratic things. I mean Bugatti had that hard-to-make hollow front axle and mechanical brakes, long after everybody else changed to hydraulics. But that’s what gives Bugattis character, and that’s what makes them interesting to me.–Jay Leno

Cars are the ultimate symbol of freedom, independence and individualism. They offer the freedom to “go anywhere,” whenever it suits and with whom one chooses.–Sarah Redshaw

For the most part, Americans without cars are very young, very old, disabled, or live in Manhattan.–Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon

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National Waffle Week

From a site named Gone Ta Pott, of all things, here are some fun facts about waffles:

  • The ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.
  • The first Waffle House restaurant opened on Labor Day in 1955 in Avondale Estates, GA.
  • Each year Waffle House customers eat more than 334,000 pounds of pecans in their waffles.

The word “waffle” first appeared in the English language in 1725, coming to us from the Dutch waffel. The first true waffles – those with sugar and leavening – began appearing in the 16th century.

Similar to a pancake, waffles can be topped with whatever takes you fancy. One of the great things about waffles is that you can whip up a big batch of them on the weekend, and freeze them for eating all during the following week

Of course, the place on the Web to visit is the Waffle House site. where their motto is: We are not in the food business… We are in the people business.” And you can purchase a T-shirt which says, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Pancakes” as well as perusing their recipes and reading more about the history of waffles.

It’s easy to find recipes for waffles on the Web, if you want to try your hand at some. If you need a place to start, try All Recipes.


Here are a few quotes about waffles:

You should eat a waffle! You can’t be sad if you eat a waffle!–Lauren Myracle

We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.–Leslie Knope

Waffles are just awesome bread.–John Green

A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap.–Mitch Hedberg

I put fruit on top of my waffles, because I want something to brush off.–Mitch Hedberg

Way, way back in the day, like in the 1990s, if you wanted to tell everyone you ate waffles for breakfast, you couldn’t just go on the Internet and tweet it out. There was only one way to do it. You had to go outside and scream at the top of your lungs, ‘I ate waffles for breakfast!’ That’s why so many people ended up in institutions. They seemed crazy, but when you think about it, they were just ahead of their time.–Ellen DeGeneres

I’ve waffled before. I’ll waffle again.–Howard Dean

And yes, every diner claims their waffles are the best waffles in the world. But somewhere, in some town, there really are the best waffles – so rich, and so gold-brown, and so delicious that anyone tasted them would decide never to leave that town. Somewhere, those waffles exist. Why can’t it be here?–Leslie Knope

He gave her a look that you could have poured on a waffle.–Ring Lardner, Jr.

I have always loved Waffle House. It’s been like an oasis in the desert many times late at night after one of my concerts.–Trace Adkins

I am faced with a bruising dilemma: pay to fix the dishwasher or continue serving everything in waffle cones.–Dana Gould

Even for the most excitable preacher, there was nothing inherently sinful about a waffle.–Simon Schama

Why can’t I just eat my waffle.–Barack Obama

The amount of pleasure I get from sneaking waffle into hotels is not normal.–Audrey Kitching

Every time I read ROFL, I hear Scooby Doo trying to say waffle.–Unknown

I mean, am I living the dream? I don’t know. Did I also just walk past a food truck and buy myself a waffle sundae? Yes!–Leslie Knope

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Library Card Signup Month

September is the month to sign up for a librarycard. The short theme of this piece is if you don’t have a library card, get yourself to you library and signup for one NOW! Many people seem to believe that in the age of the Internet and Amazon, libraries are obsolete and totally unneeded. If that’s how you feel, get it out of your head because it’s an outdated reminder of a bygone day.

Modern libraries (and I’m mostly speaking of public libraries here, though academic libraries and special libraries are also important} are treasure trove of information you can use in your everyday life. Libraries provide books, yes, of course, and that is their main type of material, but they also carry video – VHS, DVD, and Blueray – audio books – on cassette, CD=ROM, mp3, and perhaps other types. They also have music in various media. They have newspapers, likely back to volume 1 issue 1 at least for the community newspaper. They contain government documents, genealogical information, and reference books covering a wide variety of subjects either in paper copies or through databases available to their card holders.

And that doesn’t begin to cover all the other things they do, from story times for children, to book discussions for teens or adults, to movie nights. I used to belong to a library group that would read a particular book during the month, and then watch the movie based on the book, followed by discussion of the two. I also belonged to a writing group sponsored by my local library. In short, libraries are full of wonderful things and much to discover.

Many library workers have advanced degrees in library science, or some variation of that. Does it seem like I’m being overly enthusiastic? My work life was in libraries and I know them forwards and backwards. But libraries are buildings full of dreams and staffed by people who will be happy to help you and your family to find yours.


Quotes about libraries. Especially note the firs by Neil Gaiman.

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.–Neil Gaiman

The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.–Kurt Vonnegut

Civilized nations build libraries; lands that have lost their soul close them down.–Toby Forward

Everything you need for yo A library is the first step of a thousand journeys, portal to a thousand worlds.–Orson Scott Cardur better future and success has already been written. And guess what? It’s all available. All you have to do is go to the library.–Jim Rohn

A library is thought in cold storage.–Herbert Samuel

The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.–Carl Sagan

A library is the only single place you can go to learn something new, be comforted, terrified, thrilled, saddened, overjoyed, or excited all in one day. And for free.–Amy Neftzger

A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.–Richard de Bury

More than a building that houses books and data, the library has always been a window to a larger world–a place where we’ve always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American story forward.–Barack Obama (speech to the American Library Assn., June 2005)

No university in the world has ever risen to greatness without a correspondingly great library… When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.–Lawrence Clark Powell

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.–Albert Einstein

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My Hippy Dippy Weekend

We interrupt your normally scheduled blog because, well, my day has been interrupted. I got back from my walk this morning, and was checking my tomatoes for signs of frost, when I took a step back and tripped over a brick and came down hard on my right hip on my neighbor’s driveway. Thank goodness for helpful neighbors! One came and helped me up while his wife called 911. I had what I think was my first ride in an ambulance. It was weird to feel so completely helpless and dependent on others.

Once at the hospital, all the doctors and nurses and others have treated me very kindly. I had surgery to put in a rod Saturday, which so far has been virtually pain free, so I’m luckier than many. Up to this point, I’ve had the usual hospital food of Jell-O and applesauce. Hopefully something else soon. I’m also writing this on a different computer than usual, so it’s taking me time and more mistakes than I’m used to!

So just an observation – our lives can be much more precarious than we expect. You can be doing something as innocent as checking tomatoes and have your weekend totally change! Not to mention your life for the next three months, which is how long I’m going to have to use a walker. So if things are a little irregular for the next few days, you’ll know why!


Quotes about health and wellness
The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused, while nature heals the disease.—Voltaire

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.–Irish proverb

He who has health has hope. And he who has hope has everything.–Arabian Proverb

Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.–B. K. S. Iyengar

I reckon being ill is one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.–Samuel Butler

If you wish to keep as well as possible, the less you think about your health the better.–Oliver Wendell Holmes

Medicines may be necessary. Flowers lift the heart. But your smile is the best restorative of all.–Pam Brown

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.–Erma Bombeck

Our health is a voyage and every illness is an adventure story.–Margiad Evans

The sad truth is that there is no point to getting sick when you’re a grown-up. You know why? It’s because being sick is about you and your mother… Without that solicitous hand on your forehead, there is no one to confirm that you are really sick.–Adair Lara

This is a youth-oriented society, and the joke is on them because youth is a disease from which we all recover.–Dorothy Fuldheim

Time is the best doctor.–Yiddish Proverb

Visitor’s footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick.–Bantu proverb

We are not responsible for our illness, we are responsible to them, to what they offer and require of all of us, sick and well alike.–Kat Duff

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National Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month

September is National Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month. As a writer myself, I think this is a very good idea!  🙂  Established in 1984 by Lone Star Publishing of San Antonio, Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month honors people without whom the back of the cereal box would be blank. In all seriousness, though, writers do make the world a brighter place, and it is editors who help the writer shine, as I can testify from personal experience.

As I was looking for information about this important month, I ran across a list of what you can do for your writer. Some of the ideas are quite practical:

  • Do not interrupt your loved one while they are working. We have lost many ideas this way.
  • Offer to baby-sit for the writer/editor in your life. They might not get any work done, but the kids will be out of their hair for a while!
  • Remember them with a smile, a pat on the back, or better yet, a “death by chocolate” brownie.

Some were pretty useless for this day and age:

  • Sharpen all the pencils in the house.

And one was downright rude!

  • If your writer/editor is blonde, take the initiative to clean the white-out off of the computer screen.

However, as a writer myself here’s what I would suggest:

  • Buy their books . If you buy it from Amazon, leave a review. You can find a list of my books (shameless self-promotion) at my Website, or visit my author page on Amazon. (only lists the ones carried by them.)
  • Subscribe to their blog posts (like this one!)
  • On Facebook, like and share their posts.
  • On Twitter, like and retweet their posts.
  • Similar for whatever social media they frequent.

So if you enjoy reading, thank an author or editor during this month. They will appreciate it! (And take them chocolate.)


Quotes on writing

As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite evidence and change and requirements and possibilities of language; every human use of words that is joyful, or honest, or new because experience is new. . . . But, as a black poet and writer, I hate words that cancel my name and my history and the freedom of my future: I hate the words that condemn and refuse the language of my people in America.–June Jordan

At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then–and only then–it is handed to you.–Annie Dillard

At its heartmeat core, writing is about exploring the questions of your heart on the assumption that what intrigues you, what inflames or amuses or ennobles you, will have the same effect on someone else. It’s about taking chances, and taking risks, and pushing yourself to be honest in the issues that present themselves.–J. Michael Straczynski

Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.–Neil Gaiman

Don’t write merely to be understood. Write so that you cannot possibly be misunderstood.–Robert Louis Stevenson

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.–Ernest Hemingway

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.–Catherine Drinker Bowen

Good writers are in the business of leaving signposts saying, Tour my world, see and feel it through my eyes; I am your guide.–Larry L. King

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.–E. B. White

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