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  • Apparently Ennui is more common than we knew

    "Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters."
    M. F. K. Fisher


    • Tired of indigestion, resentment, and psychsomatic jitters? Try ennui instead.

      Thanks for that bit of paradoxy, darkyr. I wonder if this quote had to do with memories of childhood meals with her live-in grandmother who, reportedly, was a joyless believer in overcooked, bland food. Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1909-92) was a prolific writer of books about food that were laced with hefty splashes of travel and memoir. She wrote that, when grandma was away at religious conventions, the family would "... indulge in a voluptuous riot of things... [including} skewered kidneys with a daring dash of sherry on them." Perhaps they were thinking of grandma whilst skewering those kidneys.


      • Beware the treacherous, comma.

        "We are more often treacherous, through weakness than through calculation. "
        Francois de la Rochefoucauld

        Guest on 2009-02-24 00:08:44
        Calculate your efforts and never show your weakness!

        WRQ9 on 2012-11-22 08:24:14
        This guy I don't like, nor do I like his friends.

        kimmie on 2012-11-26 01:29:46
        This statement is confusing because the comma is misused.

        wvwoman on 2013-08-09 15:38:32
        yeah, we could lose the comma.

        montyb on 2014-04-02 10:30:06
        Rotten, treacherous comma.

        jason jiujitsu on 2015-06-13 08:51:47
        Never pursue an injured animal.

        momn8r on 2015-12-08 14:58:32
        darn double loaded puzzle! Just helped everyone else's average!

        Annamariah on 2017-01-05 20:42:26
        What is, that comma doing there?


        • "Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know." Mitch Albom

          universalmom on 2012-09-18 01:05:06
          Ha! I knew those drunks outside of 7-Eleven looked familiar...

          montyb on 2013-04-13 10:45:21
          They don't come any stranger than my family.


          • Theory of Relativity

            This goes back to the theory of relativity, E = mc^2, otherwise know as "Everyone is my cousin, too"


            • Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Montyb

              "The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes." Agatha Christie

              LiveLoveLaugh on 2011-09-17 19:26:43
              That's why I have never planned a book.

              montyb on 2012-05-06 13:46:12
              Oh, the books I could have planned.

              Lurker on 2012-07-14 00:00:22
              That's a lot of dishes.

              iltquilt on 2012-09-27 03:12:10
              Well, perhaps she meant that the best time for planning (anything -- insert something here) is when one is doing dishes. Example: The best time for planning (one's next quilt) is while you're doing the dishes.

              abra on 2012-10-04 19:24:15
              Hard to imagine Agatha Christie doing the dishes.

              montyb on 2013-09-27 15:11:47
              She probably had to do them so often she wanted to kill someone. Those plans became her novels.

              LLapp on 2015-04-15 17:18:23

              kb83 on 2015-09-18 03:14:38
              Especially, the knives.

              marnita on 2016-09-26 07:13:45
              I think Montyb has solved the mystery.


              • "I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more."
                Henry Ward Beecher

                octopunchy on 2012-11-13 16:50:10
                But I thought Dr. Sun has had his license revoked for giving all those people skin cancer...

                locodad on 2013-05-03 14:05:27

                LLapp on 2014-11-12 05:40:23
                Pretty weird quote, coming from a guy who looked like a zombie.

                dovid1946 on 2014-12-13 05:46:30
                Wasn't he the leader of Korea?

                kb83 on 2016-03-21 04:15:13
                dovid1946, I thought he (Dr. Sun More) might have been a Korean practictioner of the time.

                oddcouple on 2016-07-10 00:16:06
                On the other hand, if you consulted with Dr. Sun Myung Moon, you could have ended up in a cult.

                abra on 2016-10-13 17:22:09
                He certainly doesn't look like he got a lot of sun.

                mmfs83 on 2017-02-24 08:50:38
                I wonder if he wore a speedo.


                • I loved daryr's response

                  "A hard fall means a high bounce... if you're made of the right material. "

                  maradnu on 2010-06-02 01:27:04
                  I go splat.

                  universalmom on 2012-09-27 13:58:33

                  SKEHR98 on 2012-11-19 15:29:25
                  I bounce quite well... of course being shaped like a ball is a tremendous help.

                  darkyr on 2016-06-13 09:04:38
                  Followed by another fall, another bounce, until finally you roll along the floor and wind up in the corner covered in cat hair.


                  • "We all end up in a single bed sooner or later." Proverb

                    fredsevent on 2012-07-18 09:21:30
                    It must be kind of crowded.

                    Queethebean on 2012-08-21 20:30:27
                    I call the side furthest away from the closet where the boogie man lives.

                    puzzleme on 2013-07-06 02:36:12
                    LOL, fred.

                    sexytary on 2014-03-22 03:26:26


                    • Andy;s blog

                      "If it came true, it wasn't much of a dream."
                      Mignon McLaughlin

                      Andy451 on 2015-11-01 02:20:16
                      This works for man's attempt to end unemployment, poverty, prejudice, and rigid forms of the class system in most societies. Man has truly failed to bring about heaven on earth I suppose. But it's short sighted and unimaginative, and probably un-American when considering the large strides we've made in bringing about affordable healthcare, green planet initiatives that reduce our carbon foot print, and racial equality and harmony between Black and white Americans. Martin Luther King would disagree with her, and so would I. Another problem with the quote, is that it regards any dream that we have accomplished as small potatoes and unimportant by definition. I think Walt Disney would be pretty happy about how things turned out for the Disney corpora- tion. Faulkner had to be pretty happy about writing As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, the Snopes trilogy for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize. Darwin, Freud, and Einstein had to have moments where they appreciated the profound gifts their research offered humanity. Watson and Cricks proving the existence of DNA had to be a dream come true for them. Getting in to the college of your choice, and coming out a few years later with a BA, MA, PHD or law or medical degreee has to be a dream come true for most of the people who have done that. With this quote, Filet Mignon makes a mis-steak of epic proportions, by throwing the baby out with the bath water! And Filet, we kicked the British out of the United States during the revolutionary war, we ended slavery in this country, we gave women the right to vote, and we ended child labor as well. We used the Marshall plan of Eminem to keep Europe from becoming communist after the end of WWII, and we put a man on the moon in 1972 which you've seem to have forgotten. Soon we will put men and women on Mars. These are dreams that came true, or soon will come true, and it is not wrong to make much of them, despite your contemptuous dismissal.

                      LLapp on 2016-04-23 14:25:18
                      Excuse me, I was looking for the comment room?

                      jimdgar on 2016-05-13 09:43:42
                      You've come to the wrong place LLapp, this is Andy's blog page.

                      Lily H on 2016-06-20 18:42:06
                      Do you like to rant much, Andy?

                      marnita on 2016-07-10 03:51:16
                      I very seldom have a dream that I would want to come true.

                      Mobo on 2016-08-07 04:46:53
                      Not to be pedantic but we put a man on the moon in 1969. Also, I think our friend Mignon was probably talking about the dreams we have when we're asleep. Per the other kind of dream, I agree with you, Andy.

                      abra on 2017-01-01 13:10:08
                      I don't think she was talking about dreams we have in sleep. I'll never know if I agree with Andy or not.

                      Highpoint on 2017-01-04 01:56:59
                      Damn Andy451, get a life!


                      • "One of the commonest mistakes is thinking your worries are over when your children get married. "
                        Kin Hubbard

                        locodad on 2014-03-11 13:13:59
                        unfortunately they live too close to you and will comeback to their mommy or daddy for help,guaranteed.

                        JenDiaz72 on 2015-01-15 10:31:28
                        Always thought "commonist" sounded strange when you could just say "most common"...

                        LLapp on 2015-07-02 11:37:37
                        I am not now and have never been a commonest.

                        sloopy72 on 2016-12-06 09:07:07
                        Three great comments for this one!


                        • Ancient Chinese Proverb-No, not Calgon

                          "Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet."
                          Chinese Proverb

                          opallady on 2011-01-06 19:31:40
                          Always choose the right tool for the job.

                          maradnu on 2012-02-04 21:31:13
                          Use a hammer instead

                          montyb on 2012-05-14 12:32:21
                          "Any tool's the right tool." -- Red Green

                          nelnose on 2012-07-26 07:06:36
                          **** What friends.

                          universalmom on 2013-02-26 00:40:40
                          I wonder if he figured that out by trial and error...

                          kjmcaj on 2013-04-07 18:21:12
                          281 seconds

                          saipanwriter on 2013-06-27 03:37:35
                          thank you all-especially universalmom. great comments. hilarious quote-quite fun

                          montyb on 2014-01-23 18:03:33
                          You know, if you turn the hatchet sideways, it's just like a big fly swatter. I don't see a downside.

                          marnita on 2014-07-15 14:55:44
                          A rather heavy fly swatter, Monty!

                          universalmom on 2014-08-24 14:58:55
                          thank you saipan

                          montyb on 2015-06-15 09:04:52
                          Aerobic workout for the swatter, Marnita.

                          oddcouple on 2015-06-23 01:20:09
                          Would you call that overkill?

                          mikehallbackhoe on 2015-09-26 10:51:59
                          Monty, do you find it difficult to keep friends ?

                          kb83 on 2016-04-15 02:34:20
                          And if its your enemy, why not bury the hatchet?


                          • Originally posted by LLapp View Post
                            "As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words." William Shakespeare

                            bvwRedux on 2012-02-16 02:11:19
                            And yet it hath been done, that snow is melted and stripped by marvelous electrodes into fuel and air -- hydrogen the first, and oxygen the latter -- then kindled easily, so too is lust's sudden flame easily quenched with a blanket of careful words.
                            I don't have a Kindle Fire, but if I did, I wouldn't want to lose it in the snow! They're expensive!


                            • Classic punch line

                              "People blame themselves for the purpose of being praised." Proverb

                              montyb on 2015-01-21 15:09:58
                              I'm sorry for that. It's all my fault.

                              LLapp on 2016-03-13 08:49:37
                              No, no, Monty, I blame myself.

                              darkyr on 2016-04-12 04:53:40
                              Good job. Now I don't have to take the blame.

                              mmfs83 on 2016-08-30 09:41:27
                              None of you have to worry. According to my daughter in law, everything is my fault.


                              • "After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one. "
                                — Cato the Elder

                                bansaisequoia on 2009-08-18 21:45:09
                                I just want to cremated. I've urned it.

                                bansaisequoia on 2010-05-12 00:25:48
                                I just want to be cremated. I've urned it.

                                fishbum on 2011-03-07 04:46:58
                                Well, he finally made an ash of himself.

                                kb77 on 2011-09-19 09:37:28
                                you're so cremative with your jokes guys.

                                chopstix on 2013-01-29 03:28:14
                                you yuks! hey, is that a photo of a monument?

                                Allen on 2013-08-07 14:00:46
                                That just burns me up!

                                momof7 on 2013-10-05 14:58:03
                                Your gallows humour is just ashking for it.

                                opallady on 2013-10-15 12:10:42
                                For the music you could request "Come on Baby, Light my Fire."

                                kb83 on 2015-04-27 03:44:00
                                Isn't it strange, to have "after I'm dead" at the beginning rather than later on in the sentence?

                                montyb on 2015-11-13 15:03:15
                                You guys apparently don't appreciate the grave-ity of the sentiment.

                       on 2015-12-28 07:28:09
                                Nah, forget the monument, way too many birds.