38 thoughts on “675. Paddle cutting board

      1. Cynthia Jobin

        First of all, the carving board is probably not long enough for her to reach the floor from up there where she is standing on the chair. Secondly, I don’t know about NZ mice, but the mice around here are way too swift for such a cumbrous instrument.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          The chopping block (I think every country calls it different things!) was plenty long enough because the mouse ran up the clock. Secondly, I believe the mouse was on vacation from Maine and feeling a little groggy from jet lag.

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      1. Cynthia Jobin

        One editor I know, of an American small literary journal, throws up his hands in despair over the number of unsolicited, so- called haiku that land on his desk; he said it’s like being nibbled to death by goldfish.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          Once in a while, a gem of a haiku is born. But then again, it’s the same for any poetic form. I think I’m getting too old to have opinions but one sees it everywhere: people posting 6 or 7 poems a day, sometimes more; people writing what they call “stream-of-consciousness” which they think is typing out stuff in any order as it comes into your head; etc etc. Nonsense, nonsense all – why, even today someone wrote a story about a cutting board and a mouse – in a kitchen with a handle. Don’t people ever read what they have written?!

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                1. Cynthia Jobin

                  Does Baroque rhyme with clock in your country? We say it to rhyme with joke.
                  When I was working in an art school I used to have a tee shirt that had this definition on the front: “Baroque: when you are out of Monet.”

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                  1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                    Love the T-shirt – and we’re very adaptable: We pronounce Baroque both ways because as one of my admirers said yesterday in the Library when I played Scarlatti on the piano – “Wonderful music – I love Chopin”.

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