Some Day, You Can Quote Me

“I think that one of these days,” he said, “you’re going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there.”

On this day in 1951, J.D. Salinger published his controversial novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

It’s been years since I’ve ready The Catcher in the Rye. I think I read it in high school.

All I know is that when I went searching for quote I was willing to use on the blog, it took a while.

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If you know, you know.

It may end up on my “I should read it again to see what the fuss is about” list.

It’s a long list.

Yesterday I added to the “I want to read this” list Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

Might as well get to know him because there’s a real good chance he’ll be the next Vice President.

And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Today and tomorrow are Amazon Prime Days. It’s a good day to catch up on your favorite farm animals.  Follow the link.

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There’s a new story coming.  It’s just not yet illustrated and formatted.  Hopefully we’ll have it by the end of the summer.

At the same time, this week I transferred my current novel-in-progress from Scrivener back to a Word document.  It’s coming.  Maybe even this year.

Look, it took Margaret Mitchell years to finish.  My novel is no Gone With the Wind, but Scarlet and Rhett do get mentioned and there’s some tension in Atlanta, but not a full scale Sherman-type fire.

The challenge is to focus on both of those projects and not be distracted by all the shiny new projects that are calling my name.

We won’t even talk about getting lost in social media.

It’s hot outside.  It’s a good time to read.  It’s a good time to write.

I’d go out and write on the veranda while sipping on a julep.

Except we need a new veranda and I’m all out of julep.

But I can dream.

And maybe some day years from now, some Cylon or Borg writer will be scanning my works for an inspirational quote.

Eh…they’ll probably stick with Salinger.


IN OTHER NEWS

Trump selects Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance as his running mate
CNN
“After lengthy deliberation and thought, and considering the tremendous talents of many others, I have decided that the person best suited to assume the position of Vice President of the United States is Senator J.D. Vance of the Great State of Ohio,” Trump said on his Truth Social platform.

Secret Service chief Kimberly Cheatle facing mounting calls to resign after ‘total security breakdown’ at Trump rally
New York Post
Critics claim Cheatle dropped the ball on security measures at Saturday’s Trump rally — saying she has been too focused on woke “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” policies, such as making sure the department is 30 percent women by 2030, to take care of the agency’s more crucial business. They note she even allowed a YouTube influencer to train with agents last year.

Judge dismisses Donald Trump’s classified documents case
ABC News
Judge Aileen Cannon ruled that Smith’s appointment as special counsel overseeing the documents case was unconstitutional.

Dear America
Sean Dietrich
Bless every truckstop cafe. Every beer joint. Boston’s Fenway Park. Busch Stadium. Yankee Field. Talladega Superspeedway. The Grand Ole Opry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The American Royal Barbecue Competition.

Democrats Order Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff As Trump Still Alive
The Babylon Bee
Lawmakers on the left side of the political aisle admitted that it had been an emotional and difficult few days, with several prominent Democrats saying they didn’t know if they would be able to continue with their normal duties after Trump sadly escaped being murdered by an assassin at a Pennsylvania campaign rally.

BORN ON THIS DAY

Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945

1821 – Mary Baker Eddy, American religious leader and author, founded Christian Science (d. 1910)
1887 – Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1951)
1907 – Orville Redenbacher, American farmer and businessman, founded Orville Redenbacher’s (d. 1995)
1907 – Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (d. 1990)
1924 – Bess Myerson, American model, actress, game show panelist, and politician, Miss America 1945 (d. 2014)
1963 – Phoebe Cates, American actress
1967 – Will Ferrell, American actor, comedian, and producer
1971 – Corey Feldman, American actor

BENEDICTION


 

I Will Not Fan the Flames

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

I Timothy 2:1-4

This is not the first post that I wrote for today. Perhaps the first version was a chance for me to say what I thought and what I’m feeling after the events of the weekend.

I am old enough to be able to answer the question, “Where were you when you learned that JFK had been

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shot?”

I was at home playing. My aunt was babysitting. The television was not on. We learned the news when my brother came home early from school.

I am now old enough to answer the question, “Where were you when they attempted to assisinate President Trump?”

I was at the amusement park. We were taking a break from our activities when the news came across Twitter (X). We kept getting updates through the evening.

In typical Social Media form, the posts were flying back and forth. Misinformation. Horrible opinions. You get the idea.

So, I wrote a post pointing to some of that and expressing my opinion.

Then I deleted it.

Adding my voice to the mix won’t help solve the situation. It may even make things worse.

Instead, I’ll just watch what I say and do in my own circle of influence…if there’s even a circle.

The pundits and the arm-chair quarterbacks will continue to debate this.

I plan to let them.


IN OTHER NEWS

While I’m not writing my own commentary, I will continue to point to other sources I think you should take the time to read. If my opinion shows through the cracks, so be it.

We should also note that this past weekend we lost Dr. Ruth, Richard Simmons, and 90210 actress Shannen Doherty.

The Shot Heard ‘Round America
Shaun Kenney at The Republican Standard
I really wish I could sugar coat this. The fact of the matter is that the rhetoric in this country — and it is Democrats aiming at Republicans both rhetorically and literally at this point — is the sort which encourages this sort of violence.

‘I Was Four Feet Away When I Heard the Bullets’
Salena Zito in The Free Press
I’ve since seen videos of what happened. People were screaming. But all I remember hearing was an eerie silence. With that kind of crowd, you’d expect pandemonium, a stampede. But I never had a sense of chaos.

How CNN Reported 7 Famous Assassinations Throughout History
The Babylon Bee
Over the centuries, the brilliant journalistic minds at CNN have covered several assassination attempts in their own unique way. Here are seven examples of their best work, serving as a shining beacon of truth in dark times…

BORN ON THIS DAY

1606 – Rembrandt, Dutch painter and etcher (d. 1669)
1779 – Clement Clarke Moore, American author, poet, and educator (d. 1863)
1935 – Alex Karras, American football player, wrestler, and actor (d. 2012)
1944 – Jan-Michael Vincent, American actor (d. 2019)
1946 – Linda Ronstadt, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1950 – Arianna Huffington, Greek-American journalist and publisher
1952 – Terry O’Quinn, American actor

July 16-17 are Amazon’s Prime Day.  A great day to catch up with your favorite farm animals.

Available on Amazon.

BENEDICTION