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September 16, 2022


thanx, i needed that

Brilliant choices, Terence!

I'll add a kind of bon mot of my own (at least I think it's my own): "I'm so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here."

I tell people that would also be the title of a surefire country hit single. Now all I need to do is write the song and convince Hank Williams to return from the grave to record it.

Here's a priceless response attributed to the great Irish traditional fiddler Martin Wynne (1916-1998) after being asked what he thought of a well-known fiddler's new album: "Well, if she put in what she left out, and left out what she put in, it'd be a good album."

Guest: "My husband and I went to the mall and I saw such beautiful jewelry, but he wouldn't buy anything, because there was nothing cheap at the mall."
My sister, Liz: "Oh, yes, there was, your husband."

Regarding Lady Astor and Winston, I was heard that she gave as well as she got. This retort is attributed to her:

Winston Churchill to Lady Astor: Having a woman in the parliament feels as if she's spying on you in the washroom!

Lady Astor: Winston, you are not handsome enough to need worry!

Ah, for the intellect of another age.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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