Wednesday, April 1, 2009

But Not For Me

It's been more than a year now since I started Classic Ramblings. I didn't know quite what I intended for it at the beginning: What purpose would it serve? What would it stand for? I thought I would figure things out along the way.

Never did.

So I plugged aimlessly on, and as I did, I began losing track of what was most important to me. "Gotta post something! GOTTA POST SOMETHING!" I thought. And with my mind so full of these thoughts, I pushed God into a corner. He's too big to stay there.

Every once in a while I would get a glimpse of what I was missing by focusing so desperately on Ramblings; it seemed I was missing something great.

There's a verse in Psalm 46 that goes: "Be still, and know that I am God.."

I stood still; rather fearful of the possibilities. So often I've thought that by surrendering something to God, I would be left empty-handed. It isn't so. I'm more at ease; more able. The sense of wonder I'd exchanged for "trying to be clever" is coming back to me now. And my hands... they're far from empty.

I'm going to go on this way; going to do my best to go His way. I'll be leaving Classic Ramblings behind, taking along a few pieces of it for other projects that seem intended for me. Perhaps Ramblings, too, will be taken up again someday. You never know what God has up his sleeve.

So long. And, thanks.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Treasured Paperback

That well-worn 1944 Pocket Books edition of See Here, Private Hargrove has been replaced at last, but even though Henry Holt and Company's hardcover volume stands sturdy by my bedside, I'm keeping my old battered paperback, for there are treasures inside. Treasures such as a page entitled "Why You Must Save All Kinds of Paper", detailing the U.S. Victory Waste Paper Campaign, and that familiar Buy War Bonds stamp printed among the endpapers.

According to the back cover, a book of this size could, during the war, be sent "to a boy in the armed forces anywhere for only 3¢." There are testimonials, too, from some of the boys who carried such books to the front, including this one from a Staff Sergeant:
"Somewhere in the depths of the Australian jungle, isolated from civilization, where sanity fights a feeble battle with time and blazing sun—are we. A few year-old newspapers and magazines are all that trickle through to give us hope. Then one day your POCKET BOOK edition of The Door turned up; it was as if our parched dreams of ice-cubes came true: worn, soft, almost pulverized, and black with grime, this literary gem is still handed tenderly from tent to tent, to be read and re-read countless times."
No, even if this old paperback must be retired from service, it won't be given up. For there are treasures inside.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Of 20 Favorite Actresses: Hedy

Hedy Lamarr and William Powell in THE HEAVENLY BODY (1943)
Hedy Lamarr and William Powell in The Heavenly Body (1944).
This gorgeous still is borrowed, with thanks, from
A much larger version can, of course, be found there.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Of 20 Favorite Actresses: Anne

Anne Shirley, John Boles and Barbara Stanwyck in STELLA DALLAS (1937)
Anne Shirley, who gave such a beautiful performance as the daughter of Stella Dallas (1937). She is posed in this publicity still from the film with John Boles and Barbara Stanwyck.