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Saturday, November 21, 2015

A little 'bear' philosophy

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” – A.A. Milne

I was inspired to write about Milne today by a visit from grandsons Teo and Cyrus Diener, who “encouraged” me to read Winnie the Pooh.  Not that I haven’t read it before, mind you, but their visit got me right back into the heart of several “Pooh” stories, for which I am grateful.

Milne, of course, was the English author best known for his books about “that silly old bear” Pooh.  But what many forget is that he was a noted writer in other genres, too, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work.   Before Pooh, he authored 18 plays – most of which were mainstream hits – and 3 novels, including the brilliant “whodunit” The Red House Mystery.  After the birth of his son Christopher Robin, he was inspired to write a book of children’s poems before starting on the Pooh stories.

Among the many wonderful sayings emanating
 from the pen of Milne are these three to help 
jumpstart your weekend:

“Did you ever stop to think . . . and forget to start again?”

 “Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.” 

“You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”   

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