Sunday Salon - Ah Grasshopper!

The Sunday

Welcome to my Sunday Salon

I have had a icky throat for the past couple days and this morning sound like Lauren Bacall - husky and deep. For some reason, when ever I get a cold, I start to lose my voice, but before it goes, it gets deeper and deeper. A co-worker once told me I sounded sexy. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling too terribly sexy so didn't take it as a compliment. One of our technicians is sick, plus with a multitude of customers coming through our shop, I caught it. Why is it, when someone is sick and they take the day off from work, they feel the need to get errands done and 'spread the love'.

When I checked my emails this morning, I had a wonderful surprise which made me feel much better. Wendy of We Read honored me with an award - The Grasshopper Award.

"This award goes out from grasshopper (or padawan if you weren't born in the 60’s) to all the blogging Kwai Chang Caines out there, who, I know, will be understanding if I do this award thing the wrong way. So if you’ve received this award you’ll see elements of your page here on mine, you will have amazed me & you will have inspired me to find out ‘how can I do that too’. But perhaps more than that you’ll have made me smile and feel good about myself as I recognize I’m not alone if I’m reading."

Wow, Wendy. I am very honored and 'grasshopper' brings back so many memories for me. I used to watch Kung Fu all the time when I was a teenage. Master Po taught Kwai Chang Caines many, many lessons, some which I really didn't appreciate or understand at the time.

One of the many, many things Master Po told Kwai was:

"Grasshopper, be yourself. And never fear thus to be naked to the eyes of others. Yet, know that man so often masks himself. That what is simple is rarely understood. The dust of truth swirls, and seeks its own cracks of entry. And a tree falling in the forest, without ears to hear, makes no sound. Yet it falls."

It reminds me once of a discussion that took place at one of my old work places. "Do you have a public persona versus the private persona. Or do you act the same way no matter what. It was a very interesting meeting to say the least, especially within a corporate setting with my co-workers on whether people wear different masks depending on where they are or what they are doing. I had never realized people felt the need to wear masks. I have always taken people at face value, so the thought had never crossed my mind, that they would be any different at work versus at home. What you see is what you get - basically. I came out of the meeting realizing I didn't wear a mask of any type. That I didn't feel the need to wear any masks and could be myself no matter what.

When we blog, we are essentially unmasking and revealing ourselves to the world. What you see is who I am. Each blog, like a pebble thrown into a pond, creates a ripple spreading throughout the pond. Wendy is a relatively new blogger, a new pebble in the pond, creating a new ripple. Please welcome her to the pond.

The rules of the Grasshopper award are:

1) display the grasshopper award on your blog knowing you have touched someone you may never meet IRL.

2) pass this on to any fellow bloggers who have taught, inspired or entertained you.

Thank you, Wendy.


Books. I received a plethora of books this week and you can see which one's if you just scroll down a couple of posts. I managed to read two whole books this week - "Long Lost" by Harlan Coben and "The Mystery of Grace" by Charles DeLint. The review for Coben's book in the next post down. I'll be writing up the review for DeLint's book in the next couple days. I enjoyed the story - it was different from most of his other stories and interesting to say the least. The book next up is "14" by J. T. Ellison, another new to me author read.

Getting back to speaking about ripples. I did something really dumb last night. I swore I would never join twitter. In a moment of weakness, went on line and signed up for it. Clicked on a bunch of people to follow. Fooled around with the dang thing for a half hour or so, then completely changed my mind and canceled the account. Why? I got to thinking - 1) I really don't have the time to fool with this, 2) I don't have anything to say about the minutia of my day that anybody is really going to care about, 3) it's a time sucker. Now I know many of you are on twitter and enjoy the heck out of it and it is good for networking. However, it just isn't for me. Even though I canceled the account, I've had some emails of people saying they will follow me. So, if you notice the after ripple come across your bow, ignore me. I don't know how long it will take to dissipate. Sorry!

I'm off to work on my art history, go grocery shopping (maybe I'll get Father to do it today) , plan lessons, and work on my WIP. I swear on a stack of bibles, cross my heart, legs, fingers and whatever else you can cross, that I am going to finish the first draft of this puppy by next Sunday. Wish me luck or say a prayer for me.

Happy Reading.


  1. My husband is a Kung Fu fan from way back, so he has great appreciation for this award. Congratulations, Grasshopper. Hop on.

    And I recently joined Twitter. I was told over and over that Twitter is more than just gossipy chatter. So far, it's just been gossipy chatter. If I don't discover its deeper qualities soon, then I, too, will drop it.

  2. Sorry I missed you for the 5 minutes you were on Twitter. It is a time sink, but I learn about good books and good blogs and other bookish things. On the other hand, you are probably smart to get while you still can!

  3. Ah, Grasshopper/Padawan. Congrats!

    Though I am on Twitter, I use it for book promotion only. I don't think anyone cares to know if I just changed my lightbulbs. I would like to have a "twitter about navel fuzz" day and see if there are people who could out-tweet each other about insignificant odds and ends. :)

  4. I will do both...wish you luck and say a prayer!! Congrats on the Grasshopper Award!

  5. Congratulations on your award. Also congratulations on your anti-twitter resolve. I have it but I only read. I don't have the nerve to say something stupid while the whole world watches.

  6. Congrats on your award! I'm not really anti-twitter so much as completely uninterested...I suppose I'm twitter-agnostic, lol.

  7. Great award! I love grasshoppers. :D

    I like your thoughts on being a different persona in different places. I think that I often am different depending on where I am - but not my essential self. That's always the same. However, I am more shy in some places.

    And I can't do Twitter, either. I just don't have time! And I doubt people want to know that I'm just changing another dirty diaper or making a pop tart or watching Finding Nemo again with my daughter. :)


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