“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”
― H.G. Wells
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” -Walter Cronkite
The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. -Carl T. Rowan
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
Challenge: Use the first line of your favorite book and make it the first line of your post.
Disclaimer: “I sit writing this in the kitchen sink.” is not the first line from my favorite book. I’ve never read I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, which is the book this first line is from. But I certainly will now, because it’s such a great line. In fact, I like it so much I’ve made it my tagline. The first line from my favorite book is, “Mrs. Dalloway said she would get the flowers herself.” Now I love Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, but wouldn’t you rather write (and read) about sitting in the sink writing, rather than getting flowers? I would. So I really should start writing about writing sitting in the sink, rather than writing about writing about sitting in the sink writing. Hmmm…probably not the best, as disclaimers go.
I sit writing this in the kitchen sink. Why am I in the kitchen sink? Well, there are any number of conditions under which that might be a reasonable place to write. I can come up with five:
- There are scorpions on the kitchen floor.
- I have burned my bottom and am soaking it in cool water.
- The house is flooded and I am using my time productively as I wait for the water to recede.
- I’ve been drinking. A lot.
- I lost a bet.
So what other reasons would there be to, “Sit writing this in the kitchen sink”?
Now I could go on and do funny, sarcastic, heart-breaking or deathly serious little bits on each of these five reasons for sitting writing in the kitchen sink, but honestly I think you get the gist, and you’ve probably had enough of this by now anyway, right? I thought so. So I’ll close here. You’re welcome.