Shakespeare Hits the Books

This piece of writing gave me the most delightful chuckle this morning! Of course, it also made me feel a little dumb, because I admittedly have not read several of the stories. Nonetheless, I had to share this great piece of writing.

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Song for this post. David Gilmour: Sonnet 18

I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. Groucho Marx

Bet you’re wondering how Will got so smart. Smart enough to write all those plays. Shakespeare had a hobby. He read books. When he was just knee-high to a grasshopper, he got hooked on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He was smitten with words so much so that he read everything he could get his hands on. If Abe Lincoln had been around, Will would have given him a run for the money in the reading department.

When it came to books, his daddy, Ol’ John Shakespeare, told Will to “just say no”. The “Just Say No” campaign had worked well with Good Queen Bess. That’s what her daddy, Henry 8, had told her when it came to marriage…

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Gratitudes and Platitudes Monday – Evidently, I’ve Got Back


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“If I had no sense of humor,  I would long ago have committed suicide.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Like most bloggers, I am always curious to know how it is that strangers find their way to Rachealizations.  I frequently check my WordPress stats for clues, but that’s usually pointless, since most search terms that originate from Google are encrypted.

However,  recently I was able to see that the words “Asss,”  “Asssssss, ” and “Ass mom” found their way to my blog.  So, I’m guessing that I must say the word “ass” a lot.  Also, I am apparently a terrible speller.

What vexed me, though,  is that the person who found me by using the phrase “Ass mom” did it not once, but four times (Cue Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”).

I must be developing a rather unfortunate reputation for myself.   But, grateful for the visit, nonetheless. © Racheal Lee Bradford

The Little Gallery – Thinking Outside the Box


Thinking Outside the Box, © 2015 Little Man

“There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes.” -Pablo Picasso

This week, I encouraged Little Man to create something inspired by Matisse, but he wasn’t having it. Instead he opted to try his hand at Cubism, because he thinks Picasso is “pretty cool.” I really dig the drawing, but I think the real art is in his tongue-in-cheek title! © Racheal Lee Bradford

Gratitudes and Platitudes Monday – Stupid is as Stupid Does


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“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”  – George Carlin

Last week,  a self-important dimwit in a red mini van barely cleared the front of my car before moving into my lane at 65 mph.   The bumper sticker on his tail?  ” Stay Alive.”

Does that qualify as irony?

I’m a day late with this post,  but no less grateful for those drivers who still remember,  and abide by, the simple traffic laws they were supposed to learn at 16.

Honestly,  is it just me,  or are some people half conscious out there? © Racheal Lee Bradford

The Little Gallery–Mid-summer Daydream

Mid-summer Daydream
Mid-summer Daydream, © 2014 Little Man

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” –Pablo Picasso

This week, Little Man reveals his first real attempt with water colors. I’m digging the purple water and the dreaminess of the painting, but Little Man is pretty certain that waters colors suck. © Racheal Lee Bradford