"Use All The Crayons!"
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Reader letter of the Week
I just finished reading “Use All the Crayons.” I wish I had your gift of the language to tell you how much It meant to hear your stories. I laughed out loud so many places reading your turns on words and thought deeply at some of your suggestions for living a colorful life. I think you take yourself too lightly to appreciate the depth of your wisdom.”
— Diana R., Pittsburgh
Here’s me reading the poem about and to Doc Giffin.
I’ll be speaking Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the South Hills Women’s Club in Scott Twp. Mostly Arnie stories.
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• Proper grammar is the math of writing.
• You’d have to think Danish Haz-Mat teams would eventually lose their edge from responding to too many there's-something-rotten-in-Denmark false alarms.
• As monumental they were as a band, they couldn't have come up with a more fraudulent name. The never toured, never gigged a local bar. Hell, they never left the studio. Traveling Wilburys? Right. They were the Stationary Wilburys.
• It doesn't exactly equate to a Rosa Parks moment, but if I were a person of color I'd ask the podiatrist to think up another less Caucasian-sounding name for my littlest brown toe instead of “pinky."
• When I'm drinkin' dahntahn, I like a place with fries and slaw on the bread, HOF Stiller jerseys on the wall, etc. I want the full yinzer. Yes, I want n’atmosphere.
• I wonder if he ever went through a serious phase and told folks he was now going by Bill Wonka.
• I wonder if there was any confusion in the Swingin' '70s when Evel Knievel approached a pretty girl and asked if she'd let him jump her bones.
• The literalist in me becomes furious whenever he visits the National Museum of Air & Space and sees a building with walls and ceilings.
• That which does not kill you only makes you stronger and if this process is repeated enough eventually age and time combine to make you so frail you can die in your kitchen tripping over a kitten.
• From a purely fashion sense, is it accurate to refer to Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud as the "crown" prince of Saudi Arabia when his head gear appears to be some sort of hanky?
• Because most people only listen to 50 percent of what we're saying, I try and omit every other word so theoretically I'll have their full attention.
• Being "left to their own devices," once a stinging form of social abandonment, is now the preferred human activity.