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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Potpourri, Texas Mom Style

I'm posting this Potpourri from Texas, where I am visiting my mother.

In that spirit, here are Texas and Mother themed links that have to do with writing.  It...uh...is sort of a LOOSE theme since there aren't a lot of spot on themes.  So bear with me.

Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing. 

Toni Morrison, Beloved

Mothers are all slightly insane. 
J.D. Salinger

The University of Houston has a great post graduate writing program.  Seriously...an aspiring writer should be so lucky.  It ranks 19th in the nation and earns some of its points with things that are extremely important to students like offering full funding and being in a local with a very low cost of living.

I'm not sure, but I think this is a homemade meme for The Uof H's writing program.

Here's a blog I actually follow called MotherWriter.  She's just getting started, so we'll see, but she is a freelance writer who home schools five kids.

Texas might love writing, but you know what they love even more?  Rewriting and Revising.  Here's a CBS podcast about Texas politicians rewriting history.

Cheap shot?  Okay, have some Shakespeare to wash the taste out:

Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime.
~William Shakespeare

This is more about "Chris as a kid" than "moms" per se, but these are pictures of (some of) the books I grew up around as a kid.  I swear this is one of the reasons I fell in love with books (and one of the reasons I think e-readers will never extirpate books completely from tech-cultures).  I fell in love with BOOKS because of these books--with their bright colors and wonderful illustrations.

Later the mystery was held in the lush, decadent leather bound books on the shelf above.  I think they were just some Time/Live "Big Thinkers" series or something, but they drove me to learn to read more and more, dreaming of the time when I could wrap my brain around the ideas in those beautiful books.

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.  

Irish Proverb

Motherhood and art will always share a very special bond...

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