SOLITUDE

Writing and The Written Word

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air
In his own ground.

Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire;
Whose trees in summer yield him shade
In winter, fire.

Blest, who can unconcern’dly find
Hours, days, and years, slide soft away
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,

Sound sleep by night; study and ease
Together mix’d; sweet recreation,
And innocence, which most does please
With meditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me die;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lie.

— A. POPE.

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Before you speak, listen

Writing and The Written Word

Before you speak, listen. 
Before you write, think. 
Before you spend, earn. 
Before you invest, investigate. 
Before you criticize, wait. 
Before you pray, forgive. 
Before you quit, try. 
Before you retire, save. 
Before you die, give.

William Arthur Ward

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SKILLET SUMMER SQUASH

This is a quick and easy stovetop recipe side dish for zucchini and or summer squash.

Skillet Summer Squash Ingredients

  • 1 Packet Sodium free chicken bouillon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seed oil or olive oil
  • 2 medium green zucchinis
  • 2 medium yellow zucchinis or yellow summer squash
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • Sprinkle with Feta cheese crumbles or grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Skillet Summer Squash Directions

  • Wash, trim of the ends of the zucchinis and summer squash, and dice
  • Mix the squash together until thoroughly combined
  • Add chicken bouillon and mix a little more
  • In a large nonstick skillet add oil and heat on medium-high until hot, but not smoking
  • Add the squash in an even a layer as possible (it should sizzle as it hits the skillet)
  • Do not stir for 2-3 minutes until the summer squash shows some browning on the bottom
  • Stir the squash, and let the zucchini continue to cook
  • Stirring every couple minutes, until the squash is tender to your liking, about 8 minutes.
  • Season to taste and top with cheese if desired.
  •  Serve immediately.

Cook’s Notes

  • If using Feta cheese (my personal choice), sample the squash with cheese added before adding salt
  • Do not overcook or the summer squash will become soupy. If this happens drain of the excess liquid, season, and serve immediately.
  • While this recipe calls for yellow and green squash, either color will taste just as good, if you don’t happen to have both colors.

Servings

  • This recipe makes about six servings

Prep Time

  • 10 Minutes

Cook Time

  • 10 Minutes

Total Time

  • 20 Minutes

THE SPIDER AND THE FLY

Writing and The Written Word

“Will you walk into my parlor?”
Said a spider to a fly;
“‘Tis the prettiest little parlor
That ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor
Is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things
To show you when you’re there.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly,
“To ask me is in vain;
For who goes up your winding stair
Can ne’er come down again.”

“I’m sure you must be weary
With soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?”
Said the spider to the fly.
“There are pretty curtains drawn around;
The sheets are fine and thin;
And if you like to rest awhile,
I’ll snugly tuck you in.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly,
“For I’ve often heard it said
They never, never wake again,
Who sleep upon your bed.”

Said the cunning spider to the fly,
“Dear friend, what…

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THE LOST DOLL

Writing and The Written Word

I once had a sweet little doll, dears,
The prettiest doll in the world;
Her cheeks were so red and white, dears,
And her hair was so charmingly curled.
But I lost my poor little doll, dears,
As I played in the heath one day;
And I cried for her more than a week, dears,
But I never could find where she lay.

I found my poor little doll, dears,
As I played in the heath one day;
Folks say she is terribly changed, dears,
For her paint is all washed away,
And her arms trodden off by the cows, dears,
And her hair not the least bit curled;
Yet for old sakes’ sake, she is still, dears,
The prettiest doll in the world.

— —Charles Kingsley

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FRAIDIE-CAT

Writing and The Written Word

I shan’t tell you what’s his name:
When we want to play a game,
Always thinks that he’ll be hurt,
Soil his jacket in the dirt,
Tear his trousers, spoil his hat,—
Fraidie-Cat! Fraidie-Cat!

Nothing of the boy in him!
“Dasn’t” try to learn to swim;
Says a cow’ll hook; if she
Looks at him he’ll climb a tree;
“Scart” to death at bee or bat,—
Fraidie-Cat! Fraidie-Cat!

Claims there’re ghosts all snowy white
Wandering around at night
In the attic; wouldn’t go
There for anything, I know;
B’lieve he’d run if you said “Scat!”
Fraidie-Cat! Fraidie-Cat!

–Clinton Scollard

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Be Strong

Writing and The Written Word

Be strong!
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift;
Shun not the struggle—face it; ’tis God’s gift.

Be strong!
Say not, “The days are evil. Who’s to blame?”
And fold the hands and acquiesce—oh shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name.

Be strong!
It matters not how deep intrenched the wrong.
How hard the battle goes, the day how long;
Faint not—fight on! To-morrow comes the song.

— Maltbie Davenport Babcock

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