Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Words are our life. We are human because we use language. So I think we are less human when we use less language.
Carol Shields (b. 2 june 1935 - 2003) author*

I guess I'm little less human lately as I've been sick with one of those don't want to go summer colds. along with congestion and sneezing my head off, it appears that my language skills are taking a hit. yesterday I broke down and decided to resort to cold medication, that stuff does do the trick in terms of symptom relief but it doesn't banish fuzzy brain and my current lack of language skills.

speaking of sick and not being human, I'm sure a lot of you have heard about scott roeder. now there's a real sicko! roeder is the monster that murdered dr. george tiller, while dr. tiller was leaving church on sunday. murdered while leaving church. can you believe that! I think field's take on situation is spot on.

on a much more pleasant topic, I was extremely pleased to see that field recently added a mention of joan's journey on his sidebar. thanks field!

unwell by matchbox twenty

*among shields books is the stone diaries, which won the 1993 governor general's award for literature in canada and the 1995 pulitzer prize for fiction in the united states. it is the only novel to have ever won both of these esteemed awards. it is a great book if you haven't read it and are looking for a good read, you can't go wrong!


mum said...

gad. I'm busy on a local writing project, so pretty out of the loop on my international news. What an awful story. Sick is right.

Hope your head clears soon, kimy. Thanks for the reference to Carol Shields whom I haven't read - but hope to, at some point.

Take care.

John Hayes said...

Hope you feel better really soon!

Roy said...

I hear you, Kim! I've been dealing with chronic pain issues for over a week now (two crooked cervical discs that cause nerve inflammation every now and then and make my left arm and shoulder a living hell) and Sunday having to deal with the after-effects of taking too much OTC anti-inflammatory. That really does mess with your literary skills! Luckily the pain is reaching the end of its cycle, and I should be back to normal tomorrow or Thursday.

I've read some of the rabid right blogosphere in the aftermath of Dr. Tiller's murder, and those people are just not healthy at all. How can you rejoice, loudly and with such evil gloating, at someone's murder! Just sick, sick, sick!

Thanks for the Matchbox Twenty video. I've always liked that song, and the sound of the band, but I didn't realize somebody in the band played the harp! I had always assumed it was the mandolin I was hearing.

Anonymous said...

Aww kimy, not you too! I'm still trying to shake my cold, after a week. The hot tea helps with my cough. Do get well, anon! ***HUGS***

ArtSparker said...

What a drag. It will feel so good when it stops, though -

tony said...

Yea I had a Cold The Other Week.Summer Ones Are The Worse! You Take Care + thanks for the Carol Shields pointer.

Dumdad said...

Get well soon!

e said...

Feel Better, Mouse!

Merle Sneed said...

You would be amazed and shocked at the commenters in our paper about this guy. A sizable population apparently thinks that killing the doctor is killing for a greater good. Just sickening.

Ronda Laveen said...

No, that medication makes the fuzzy head part worse not better. Hope it passes soon. Loved the Matchbox 20.

Ha! My word verification is "sicko."

Megan said...

Well, at least your cold is not stopping you from kicking my butt at Scrabble!

Cheers to you, marvelous mouse.

And I know what you mean about cold medicine - I hate having to take that stuff.

mum said...

mouse, I just took a short break to read a review on Stone Diaries and thought you and your readers might enjoy it. One of the last paragraphs (beginning with "the novel ends..." reminded me of my thoughts as I listened to some of the Alzheimer-affected people I met with yesterday. Stone Diaries sounds like an excellent book. Thanks again for the pointer.



Marianna said...

Hope you feel and get better soon!! My thoughts are with you :)


marxsny said...

This is a great post. I read the Stone Diaries years ago it's one of my favorite books. I kept putting off finishing it because I didn't want it to end. When I was recovering from laying in a hospital bed for a month I can't tell you how many times I listened to Unwell. It became my themesong.

The Blue Elephant said...

thanks for introducing me to so much -- In this case, Matchbox Twenty