Today I am polishing the tarnish off two old serving spoons, both of which belonged to my Grandma Falconer, though I’ve used them for nigh onto 30 years.  I absolutely love using these spoons though one of them is a bit ragged on the edges (due to Grandma accidentally dropping into the garbage disposal a very long time ago).  However, I only use them at home since i don’t want to take the chance they’ll be accidentally left somewhere.

We actually have two sets of old silverware in protected boxes, but I’m beginning to think it is ridiculous to NEVER use them. Since antimicrobial aspects of silver are well known, maybe I need to start using them everyday.  Why take silver from a bottle, when we could eat with silver at every meal!  Well, maybe that’s not the way it works, but it would be fine to eat with elegance.

One might comment the extra work of needing to polish the pieces, but there is no reason to ever polish them!  Sure, if you want bling – they need polishing, but otherwise no need.  And to be sure, you can polish stainless steel until the cows come home and you’ll never have bling!

Many families have some amount of silverware, teapots, candles stashed in a drawer or attic.  Oftentimes, there is a bit of history or memories attached.  If you have silver pieces, what do you use them for?  or do you use them?  Why or why not?



The Art of Writing

A man once said that a writer was the only sort of person that he knew of that thought that he could accomplish more by doing nothing. In this I am not exempt, for more often enough when I would make any attempt at writing down a story, I would find myself staring down at a blank piece of paper, twiddling a pencil between my fingers, uncertainty plaguing my mind as I sought to create an epic that will survive the ages. This isn’t always a result of writers block, but rather a fear of, for lack of a better term, making it impalpable. To write it down would be to write it on stone, because when it’s all floating up in your head you can change it however you want it from adventure to romance to mystery to who knows what, but when you write it down it’s almost like it’s unchangeable. Even when you know that you can just start-up a new draft, there’s still a strange feeling of wrongness about it. Also it can just be hard to put your story into words. You can see it easily enough in your mind’s eye and go through the scenes as you please, but when you write it down you have to be descriptive, ascribing colourful details that bring your story to life, but too much detail and reading it will seem more like a chore having to bog through rather than a luxury, but neither can be lacking in detail and thus making your characters and story boring and engaging, unless, of course, you were trying to make a character or place strange and unknowable by purposely making it vague. Simply put you must moderate your detail to the context of the scene or character or even story. Take for example, if you were to write an adventure, you would add greater detail, an action scene, or if you were writing a children’s book you would write in detail the adorableness of a squirrel or caterpillar or kitten, and if you were writing a trashy romance novel you would write in detail about… trashy… romance… stuff. Anyway, I hope this blog entry will provide some insight into writing.

Dallas Powell