Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Foggy Days and A Chance to Win a Book on Becky's Blog

Today in St. Peters, MO: Foggy, high 40 degrees. With all the fog we've been having, I feel like I'm in San Francisco again.

Like God, the human mind works in mysterious ways--well, mine definitely does. The fog we've been experiencing lately has spun my mind in different directions. The past few days I've been quoting the Carl Sandburg poem FOG to my grandkids, who look at me like I've lost my mind, but actually I think it's just taken a brief vacation.

"THE fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on."
Carl Sandburg

The foggy weather also makes me think of San Francisco, which reminds me of the Clint Eastwood "Dirty Harry" movies with Detective Harry Callahan.

So, here's a Dirty Harry quote, which is one of my favorites: "You've got to ask yourself one question. Do I
feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

If you're visiting my blog you're probably more of a poet than a punk, but I'm hoping you are feeling lucky. Lucky enough to win a book.

Over at Becky Povich's, one of my writing buddie's blogs, you can win a free book. Becky is giving away a copy of "Time to Write" or "Thinking Write" by Kelly L. Stone to one lucky winner who posts a response on her blog by midnight CST, January 23. I have never heard of Kelly L. Stone, but her books look interesting, and I love the titles.

Back to Becky and her contest: The good news is she wants to hear about books you've read that you fell in love with. The bad news is there are several rules--oh, those pesky rules--please read them carefully. I posted about "Mudbound" by Hillary Jordon, a book I fell in love with, but I think I missed one of the rules. (Forgot to include the copyright date).

So, how about it: Do you feel lucky?


  1. I posted for "The Help". Whoops! Don't think I mentioned a copyright date either!

  2. Hey, that's okay! I'm not going to be too strict about The Rules! The main thing is that the author isn't someone like....Sue Grafton, Stephen King, John Grisham...people like that!! So, don't worry! :)

  3. And...I forgot to say...Thanks for posting info about my contest on your blog, Donna!

  4. Donna, I love that you quote Carl Sandberg to the grandkids!

    And I actually have a book by Kelly Stone (I won it in an essay contest a few years back. Seriously :-)

  5. Hi Cathy,
    When I quote something like that they look at me like I'm from another planet.
    Some of it must be sticking, though. Just the other day my granddaughter Cari actually quoted something I'm fond of saying frequently that I borrowed from my mom.
    "God gave you two ears and one mouth." Generally I spout that when I want them to be quiet and listen, but darn it, now Cari is using that one on me.

    It's great that you won the Kelly Stone book. You are such a good essayist--BTW have you entered the Erma Bombeck contest yet? The deadline is the end of the month.

  6. I joke that I live in a fog, but your brief vacation is much more poetic. Thanks for taking us along!


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