Thursday, October 31, 2013

The balloon goes Pop!

Seance time! It's late, it's dark, and it's the night before Halloween!

I will dim the lights as we take our seats at the large round table with its worn, white, delicate cloth and a crystal ball in the center. Join hands and close your eyes. Who do you see?

I imagine sitting on a sunny porch on a hot summer day sipping lemonade with the insanely intelligent and sweetly snarky Mark Twain. In his classic white suit and scruffy, laughing white beard, a cigar poking out of the side of his mouth, Mr. Twain gazes thoughtfully at the fluffy white clouds above magnificent magnolia trees before he begins his oration. I could sit here all day and listen to the witticisms flowing from his mouth.

At least we have what's been recorded (these are by Mark Twain from Brainy Quotes)

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Some of the others we contacted in our seance were...
Authors - Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Margaret Mitchell, John Steinbeck, Mary Shelley,Stieg Larsson, Dame Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, Washington Irving, Carl Sagan, & Dr. Seuss!
Actors - Stan & Ollie, Heath Ledger

Mysterious, exciting, and fun! Thanks so much to those participating and especially to my co-hosts! AngelaGwen, and Roland! I really enjoyed reading everyone's posts!

But wait! Prizes! We have prizes! Each of us chose random winners from the participants and from the commenters on the posts - surprise!

The winners for me are...
Sheena Kay Graham and Donna Hole!
each receiving a Pop Travel gift!
Thanks again to all participants!


Michael Di Gesu said...

Such a FUN bloghop, TARA!!!!

Good luck to all who participated!!! I'n still catching up to everyone!

D.G. Hudson said...

Mark Twain would have been a great companion for travelling down the Mississippi River with. I've crossed the big muddy river, but didn't get to explore at all.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I LOVE those Mark Twain quotes - especially the last one. Happy Halloween Tara :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I opt for not having to remember anything!

Dana said...

Very fun! Congrats to everyone who participated. ☺

Shah Wharton said...

Mark is an interesting choice! :)

Laura S. said...

I'd love to contact L.M. Montgomery and Roald Dahl! Happy Halloween, Tara!!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Oh, you even set the mood! How perfect you are!

(I thought that Ohio festival deadline was October, but I still have a little time. Maybe book will be out by then!)

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats to Sheena Kay & Donna!
I love those Mark Twain quotes!
Happy Trick or Treating!

VikLit said...

Love Twain! Great quotes.

Yolanda Renée said...

Great hop, great quotes, and a Happy Halloween!
Congrats to Sheena and Donna!

Unknown said...

I wish I was as clever as Mark Twain. Congrats to the winner.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Glad I won and congrats Donna. Mark Twain was a great man and writer.

dolorah said...

Yay! Thanks Tara. It was fun reading the ones I was able to get to.

Happy Halloween.


Sherry Ellis said...

I love Mark Twain's quotes!

M.J. Fifield said...

Mark Twain has so many great quotes. Always one of my favorites.

Carol Kilgore said...

Mark Twain was a very wise man.

Congrats to Sheena Kay and Donna!

Unknown said...

I adore Twain - he was so witty. His quotes always make e laugh. Congrats to the prizewinners! (Donna's having a lucky week, having won something on my blog too!) Have a lovely weekend, Tara. :-)

DMS said...

Congrats to the winners! :)

The quotes are each fabulous. I love how each one makes me think. I especially like the one about kindness. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. I love the keep your mouth shut quote .. so true - I'm so stupid so often!

Cheers Hilary

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