Saturday, August 3, 2013

Saturday Sentiments

                                     Quote for the Day!

"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience, this is the ideal life."
                                           ~Mark Twain

You know the old song, "Making a list and checking it twice?"  Well I am one person who loves lists and make them often.  I get so discombobulated in my head that these precious lists keep me on track and sane.   Don't even get me started on post-it notes.  Those little reminders that come in a variety of sizes and colours....all stuck to everything around me...making me live in a paper rainbow of words and  nudges of things not to forget or to do.

What is the definition of a list anyway?  It is a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

Why do we make lists anyway?  Well because....

1. They bring order to our chaos (and man these days I have a lot of that going on)
2. They help us remember things  (yup for sure)
3. Most lists are finite  (well for that day anyway)
4. Lists can be meaningful  (only to the person who makes them everyone else says What the ???)
5. Lists can be as long or as short as you want.  (that is comforting to know)
6. Lists can make you famous...look at Martha Stewart or Schindler  (pretty cool)
7. Word "lists" can be tracked back to William Shakespeare (thou doest forget too much!)
8. Lists relieve stress and focus the mind.  (the only thing is you have to focus and remember to read it)
9. Lists can force you to say revealing things  (so don't leave them laying around for prying eyes)
10. They can keep us from procrastinating  (I'll make my list later and then get right on it)

 Here are a few random lists that you may find educational or amusing....

* A fun list to check out is found at - you can go there and find "100 best opening lines from children's books."  How cool is that?

* Google "100 top kid books of all times" and get that list...that is fun to do and start reading

*Google "100 best books of the 20th century" -

* If you are a list "nut" an opera singer named James Frater, from New Zealand, has a website at    (The List Universe).  There is every kind of list you can imagine there.  Very, very interesting to dive into.

                                  The top ten Children's books all all times are:

1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, illustrations Garth Williams (1974)

2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (1968)

3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (1976)

4. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrations by Sheila M'Graw (1986)

5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (1973)

6. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell  (1971)

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (1999)

8.  Are You There, God?  It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume  (1972)

9. Shane by Jack Schaeffer  (1972)

10. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks  (1972)

Have an awesome day today and I hope I have "listed" enough to keep you happy and busy.  We are having a long weekend here with great weather so I am looking forward to taking a book outside, curling up and reading in my lawn chair this afternoon.   See you back here on Monday.  Comments please.

Read on and read always.

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