Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza

Saturday, March 28, 2009


The British have an umbilical cord which has never been cut and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch them in times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse stops apparently and nothing can be done, and no move can be made, until "a nice cup of tea" is quickly made. There is no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind. What a pity all countries are not so tea conscious. World-peace conferences would run more smoothly if "a nice cup of tea", or indeed, a samovar were available at the proper time.
Marlene Dietrich (1901 - 1992)


  1. lol. You seen the war pics of a bombed out London with everyone standing round with their cuppas & the kettle boiling merrily amidst the rubble?

  2. Yes, I have. I can hear the gravel, sultry voice of Dietrich when I read this quote. That's more interesting then the words. : )

    I'm almost ready to come out of my hole. I've been submerged and tired.

  3. So, were you standing up to your knees in water holding your cuppa?

  4. I've been standing up to my knees in wet manure wishing I had a cuppa! More rain coming this week. I want to run away from home! I'm off to the wet manure now.


I really appreciate the concept and sentiment behind awards, but I cannot participate in them anymore. I have too may and I have not got the time to devote to participating properly. To all who have honored me, I am grateful but I don't have seven more things to tell anyone about myself! And I'm a terrible passer-oner.