TGIF! Here’s your quote of the day…

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The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.

Michel de Montaigne

Renaissance writer Michel de Montaigne (born February 28, 1533) pioneered the personal essay. He had a lot to draw on. His father was fond of childrearing experiments—young Michel lived in isolation with a peasant family until age 3, and then was brought back home but surrounded with Latin-speaking servants.

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Happy Thursday, Everyone! Here’s your quote of the day…

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There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.

Irwin Shaw

Author Irwin Shaw (born February 27, 1913) had written two popular novels when he was placed on the Hollywood blacklist. As a result he moved to Europe, but his work continued to be widely read in America.

Great quote sent to me by an amazing woman- My Mom

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That’s me, my mom, and my grandmother at her 90th Birthday

My mom emailed this to me & I just had to post it. She’s been my rock, role model, and best friend my whole life and I just love her to pieces!

I read this in the book (Charlotte Gray) and thought it was beautiful and gives us hope and wanted to share it with you

There is no such thing as a coherent human personality. When you are forty you have no cell in your body that you had at eighteen. It is the same with your character.
Memory is the only thing that binds you to earlier selves; for the rest, you become an entirely different being every decade or so, sloughing off the old persona, renewing and moving on. You are not who you were, nor who you will be

Love mom

What character was removed from the alphabet?

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What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?

Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet. Where did it come from though? The origin of its name is almost as bizarre as the name itself.

The shape of the character (&) predates the word ampersand by more than 1,500 years. In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combined letters came to signify the word “and” in English as well. Certain versions of the ampersand, like that in the font Caslon, clearly reveal the origin of the shape.

The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand. When a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen.

(The ampersand is also used in an unusual configuration where it appears as “&c” and means etc. The ampersand does double work as the e and t.)

Are there other symbols or letters you would like to learn about? Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll look into it!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and until then, keep a smile on your face 🙂

All My Best,
Jill aka 1morganlefaye

Hope everyone is having an amazing day! Here’s your quote of the day…

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All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.

Johnny Cash

When legendary musician Johnny Cash (born February 26, 1932) joined the Air Force, he wasn’t allowed to use his birth name, J.R., so he named himself John. Based in Germany during the Korean War, Cash was a Morse Code interpreter and became the first American to know of Stalin’s death.

Quote of the day!

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Is it fair to have given us the memory of what was and the desire of what could be when we must suffer what is?

Neil Jordan

Happy 64th birthday, Neil Jordan! His original dream was to write fiction, but Jordan successful films soon overshadowed his novels—he’s written and directed The Crying Game, Michael Collins, and Breakfast on Pluto as well as my all time favorite, Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair (1999)

Quote of the day!

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We humans are more complicated than animals, and we love through the imagination.

George Moore

Admired by William Butler Yeats and Virginia Woolf, writer George Moore (born February 24, 1852) tried unsuccessfully to become an artist and a poet before turning to novels. He is now regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist.

Word of the day!

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malinger
muh-LING-ger
verb

to pretend illness, espeically in order to shirk one’s duty, avoid work, etc.

Quotes

Because he twice slapped battle-stressed soldiers in Sicily who, he thought, were merely malingering , he was denied a major command in the Normandy landings.
— Bernard Knox , “Scorched Earth,” The New York Times , 1999

It is impossible to determine exactly what inspired Mary’s various symptoms, but her own and other family members’ letters suggest that her suffering may have been a combination of hypochondria, conscious histrionics and malingering , and unconscious rebellion against her father.
— Caroline Fraser , God’s Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church , 1999

Origin

Malinger derives from French malingre , “sickly,” perhaps from Old French mal , “badly” + heingre , “lean, thin.”

Happy Sunday everyone! Here’s your quote of the day…

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They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

Tom Bodett

Happy 59th birthday, Tom Bodett! Though he’s best known for his role as the Motel 6 spokesman—Bodett’s been doing commercials for the budget hotel chain since 1986—he’s also a novelist and essayist.

Quote of the day for Saturday, February 22, 2014

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Compassion is the basis of morality.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Influential German thinker Arthur Schopenhauer (born February 22, 1788) wrote The World as Will and Representation, a Buddhist-influenced text that impacted the work of Nietzsche, Jung, and Freud, as well as Einstein.