18 thoughts on “out of focus”

    1. So glad you love it, Laurie! A few years ago we went to the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. In the museum part of the exhibit there were Twain quotes covering all the walls – my head was spinning with excitement! πŸ™‚

  1. Barbara, this is one of my favorites too. I just downloaded most of his work onto my Nook for 99 cents! I know this will eventually be changing but it’s nice to have the opportunity to have so many of the classics in such a portable form for such a great price. Most of them are still free but have heard that will soon be changing. Hope you are having a lovely day in Connecticut πŸ™‚

    1. Hmm… Will have to see if Kindle has something similar to your Nook deal. Thanks for the tip! My dad has many of Twain’s books around his house, and I have a few around here, too. He was a brilliant thinker and writer, but ultimately had a tragic life with many losses. A few months ago I downloaded *Call of the Wild* for free on Kindle, which was a nice treat.

      This bit of Connecticut is sunny and cold today, highs only in the 30s. What is it like out there in California today? πŸ™‚

      1. We’re sharing your sun but our temperatures are a bit warmer. It’s 55 right now, down from almost 80 degrees on Sunday. And those strong, strong March winds that seem to be a part of every spring here are blowing. But still very pleasant πŸ™‚

        1. Our local weatherman mentioned the winds in California this morning – they must be something else!

  2. Hi,
    I haven’t heard this quote before either, and a very unusual photo as well. Good on you for finding these, a lovely treat. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Mags! I noticed another blogger using WPClipart for free public domain graphics, so now I have another source images to explore! πŸ™‚

    1. Kathy, this is what it means to me: Our eyes generally only see what we expect to see, missing a good percentage of what is actually available to be seen “out there” in our field of vision. It takes an “in focus” imagination to make good use of our eyes, to be careful observers and notice what other things in the universe are there to behold. Or something like that! πŸ™‚

  3. This is wonderful! I’m reading Tom Sawyer now – from a very old set of books that used to belong to my grandfather. It’s just so funny and sweet. There is so much more to the “story” that I knew as a girl when I read his actual words. Mark Twain plays an important role in the history of the area where I live. He is buried in our local cemetery.

    1. Isn’t it wonderful to have the books our grandparents once held in their hands and read? It’s fun to reread books at different stages of our lives because it does seem we get something different or deeper out of the story each new time around.

      It seems Twain had ties to a few states and Bermuda, too, where he tried to regain his health. I always think of his Connecticut connection because one of his homes was here in Hartford, where he wrote seven of his best books. I understand he had a summer home in Elmira, that was in his wife’s family. Is that home open to tourists? I’d love to take a literary vacation and visit the homes and grave sites of my favorite authors.

    1. You’re welcome, Suzanne. Yup, pure genius, and he eloquently cut right to the heart of things!

    1. You’re welcome, Diane! Twain was something else, a clever character, that’s for sure! πŸ™‚

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