To Kill A Mockingbird Never Grows Old

If you grew up in the USA when they were still teaching literature in school you probably read or were assigned to read “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I have always loved the book and also the movie starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.
July 8th, 2014 Audible released their version of the book narrated by Sissy Spacek. I had it on my waiting list and downloaded it that night and stayed up a few hours later than normal, listening. So much wisdom in so few pages.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book and images from the movie. The scenes don’t necessarily appear with these quotes but I think they fit well. To Kill A Mockingbird never grows old.

Atticus Finch: If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

Atticus Finch: Good Afternoon Miss Dubose… My, you look like a picture this afternoon.
Scout: [hiding behind Atticus whispering to Jem and Dill] He don’t say a picture of what.
[to Dill about Miss Dubose]
Jem: Listen, no matter what she says to you, don’t answer her back. There’s a Confederate pistol in her lap under her shawl and she’ll kill you quick as look at you. Come on.

“I think I’ll be a clown when I get grown,” said Dill. “Yes, sir, a clown…. There ain’t one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I’m gonna join the circus and laugh my head off.” “You got it backwards, Dill,” said Jem. “Clowns are sad, it’s folks that laugh at them.” “Well, I’m gonna be a new kind of clown. I’m gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks.”

“Well, after Jem yelled we walked on. Mr. Tate, I was shut up in my costume but I could hear it myself, then. Footsteps, I mean. They walked when we walked and stopped when we stopped. Jem said he could see me because Mrs. Crenshaw put some kind of shiny paint on my costume. I was a ham.”

Scout: Why there he is, Mr. Tate. He can tell you his name…
[Looks at the man]
Scout: Hey, Boo.
Atticus Finch: [making introductions] Miss Jean Louise, Mr. Arthur Radley. I believe he already knows you.

[about Jem]
Scout: You can pet him, Mr. Arthur. He’s asleep. Couldn’t if he was awake, though; he wouldn’t let you. Go ahead.

Older Scout: [narrating] Neighbors bring food with death, and flowers with sickness, and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a knife, and our lives.

“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.

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A Couple Sandwiches Short of a Picnic

If it wasn’t for the fact that the powers that be who control events at Facebook are a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, I’d probably hardly ever see my blog.  I have good intentions and then something always comes up that keeps me busy and stops me from writing regularly, but when Facebook does something more inane than they normally do, I just can’t help myself.  I have to write it down.
To begin with, they take thousands of fan pages and unpublish them, with no warning,  no rhyme or reason and give no really valid reasons as to why they did.  They state that said pages have had limits placed on them, and then in the same text state that the page has been unpublished and can’t be published again and then they ask you if you want to appeal.  How the people that write these things managed to graduate with an English credit is beyond me.  At the very least they can’t decide what they’ve actually done.

After several months and when most people had begun to give up hope of getting their pages back after multitudes of appeals, they start republishing the taken pages like there was no tomorrow, and not only that, handing out Branded Content Tools to almost everyone that applied for one.  Whew! Thank Heaven!  Facebook has returned to its senses.   GUESS AGAIN!

After only a few short weeks of what most thought was a reprieve they’ve begun to take pages again, and many of those the same pages they had just given their Branded Content Tool to for use.  They want you to create business pages, so you do, and you post about your business on it, and they take that too.  What in the hell is going on over there in the corporate offices is something that is totally over my head because it makes absolutely no damn sense at all.

All I know is if anyone reading this is as sick of their fickleness as I am, you might try heading over to Keepn It Real, where you won’t run into any of this double-dealing bullshit, and what you see is what you get.  It might not have all the bells and whistles yet, but they’re working on it, and they wouldn’t take your pages from you either for maybe posting something that smacks of the truth but the self-righteous politically correct fools that populate the FB platform more and more thinks it their duty to report.

Get while the getting’s good and check out Social Media done right!
PS- You’ll probably never see the results of THIS particular psychological experiment published with apologies.

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