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Monday, January 6, 2014


Ann Best
For Ann Best:
“I loved my friend
She went away from me
There's nothing more to say
The poem ends,
Soft as it began-
I loved my friend.”
Langston Hughes
Don't miss Lara Schiffbauer's words on DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE:
“Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows,
Help us to see
That without the dust the rainbow
Would not be.”
― Langston Hughes
Samuel McCord:
            It is not only the powers of Meilori but her strangeness that frightens most people. And how could she not seem strange to most humans and they to her?
          For she and her people are the last remaining members of a race that flourished over four continents as far back in geologic time as the upper Jurassic period and before that in a dimension whose air it is death to breathe.

Could it be that people do not love to be reminded that Man is a very young race in a world that was old when Man first blinked his way out of his cave?

  Could there be an unconscious anger birthed by the certainty that a living world will continue its stately way when they no longer exist in it?  

Why shouldn’t Meilori look upon humanity as strangers, as barbarians, as intruders?  She was here first. 

She ruled the Aztecs when a political execution took place on Golgotha.  Far off Cathay knew her as Empress when Caesar destroyed the Roman republic in the process of saving it.  How alone she must feel.

Oscar Wilde, seeming to catch my train of thought, sighed, “All great and precious things are lonely.”

{Read David Walson's fascinationg review of DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE: }


  1. There's a lot of lonely people in the world. Oscar is right, er, was right.

    Thanks for dropping by to check the comments. I've been having trouble with Blogger today, too. Could it be the rotten weather in the east and central areas?

  2. D.G.:
    Ah, since his ghost still lives in Meilori's I believe the "present" tense still fits a ghost -- you think? :-)

    Yes, I saw on Twitter a noted script writer was saying good-bye to his co-writer because the tower that fueled his server was going down. He was going to be internet-blind for some time.

    I haven't gotten comment notations from Blogger about several of the web pages that let me know when a comment has been made. As you know, I try to be courteous to those who have been gracious enough to write us what they felt about our efforts.

    The cold is settling in even down here. And here I am drinking cold chocolate milk! But darn it, I like it cold. :-)

    Thanks for being my friend, Roland

  3. Oscar was himself a lonely man, and knew what he was talking about.

  4. Elephant's Child:
    I portray him that way in DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE -- he has just been broken out of prison by Samuel and Mark Twain. He is coming to terms with what his life now is.

    I believe you will like his part in the novel. :-)

  5. I loved the reference to the "Political execution".

  6. Elephant's Child:
    Crossing my fingers that you, indeed, like my portrayal of Oscar Wilde ... and Mark Twain.

    Meilori is alone as only the throne-isolated Empress of a lost People can be.

    People often overlook the secular reason for the crucifixtion of an innocent man was political expediency ... Man hasn't changed much over the centuries sadly. Thanks again for your post on my book. I hope it doesn't hurt traffic to your site.

  7. Dearest Roland. I am so touched that you posted my picture with that verse beneath it. You are truly my forever friend. I WILL keep in touch by stopping by your blog. That I can do. And you don't have to send me a copy of death in the house. I already bought it and will read it soon. Oh my gosh, I didn't know about your stabbing. What a violent world we live in. You are in my prayers. Take care, friend!!

  8. Ann:
    Thank you so much. I hate to think of you gone from your blog, but so long as I know you sneak in and visit mine, I will not feel so alone.

    Hughes' poem truly conveyed what I felt when I read your blog today. You have enriched my world simply by knowing a special lady like you is in it.

    Yes, that stabbing was a wake-up call that I need to mind my surroundings more! You will always be in my prayers. I smiled big just reading your name in my comments section! You take care as well. And give a warm hug to your daughter for me. Hibbs would give a much too strong one! :-)