Monday, January 18, 2016

This, that, and the other, plus an essay by Flannery O'Connor

Today is the observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the United States (although his actual birth date was last Friday, January 15th), tomorrow is the birthday of General Robert E. Lee, and so it goes from day to day, observance to observance, ad infinitum, ad nauseam. Before you know it, it will be National Pickle Day. It's not until November, but, hey, time flies when you're having fun.

Although the sun is shining brightly, today (Monday, January 18, 2016) is the coldest day of the 2015-2016 winter so far hereabouts. Tomorrow morning's low temperature is expected to be even colder; the weatherman is predicting 18 degrees Fahrenheit ( -7.77777778 degrees Celsius) . We've seen no snow yet this winter, but a "light dusting" of the stuff was reported yesterday in the mountains around Blairsville, near the border with North Carolina.

Mrs. RWP completed a page of ladybugs from her coloring book over the weekend and now is working on a page featuring a peacock.

Speaking of peacocks, Georgia's own Flannery O'Connor once wrote an essay many people know as "The King Of The Birds" but which was published originally in the September 1961 issue of Holiday magazine as "Living With A Peacock" -- you can read it in its entirety right here.

Or you could skip over it altogether, but I recommend that you do not.

Afterward, if you become as much of a fan of Flannery O'Connor's writings as I did, and if you are very brave, you may want to settle down for a long winter's nap with some of her short stories such as "The Enduring Chill" or "The Displaced Person" or "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" or "Good Country People" or "Everything That Rises Must Converge" or "Revelation" but you may not have pleasant dreams.


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  2. Yorkshire Pudding, message received and understood.

  3. Interesting: Your writing style seems to emulate O'Connor.

  4. Don, thank you for visiting my blog and for comparing my writing style to that of Flannery O'Connor! No one has ever said that before, and I imagine no one ever will again, but I consider it a great compliment. And if it is true, it ihappened completely by accident as I never set out consciously to emulate her! (Full disclosure: the Rev. Don Underwood is a former pastor of our church.)