Famous Sayings #148 — ‘Quiet as a Mouse’

May 19, 2019

As they sneaked into the kitchen, Billy and Molly each made sure to be as quiet as a mouse as not to wake up the others in the house.

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

Today’s Famous Sayings posts should be a quick one. (I needed a quick post considering all the research and work I’m doing at the moment.) So, let’s get to it.

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Famous Sayings #147 — ‘Mother Nature’

May 12, 2019

Don’t mess with Mother Nature.

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Mother Nature might refer to the Earth, its natural beauty, or the personification of nature (in the form of a woman). Image credit: Sufyan785 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s still Mother’s Day where I am, so I chose a famous term that has something to do with life: Mother Nature.


Why Do People Refer to ‘Mother Nature’?

Generally speaking, when people refer to Mother Nature, they are alluding to the personification of the Earth or nature itself, especially as it pertains to ecosystems. This has an overall positive connotation because the Earth, and nature by extension, are seen as life-giving and spiritual entities. To be one with nature means to attain the greatest spiritual and physical connection with the Earth and to attain health.

In the United States, the term Mother Nature is often used to describe the weather and catastrophic events like hurricanes, if not the force of nature that controls all living things, especially human beings. There is a decidedly negative connotation here, even in the latter sense.

For example, Mother Nature has been seen as an adversary in Tampax commercials, given how women generally feel about menstruation.

In 1977, Chiffon produced a commercial in which Mother Nature was portrayed as wrathful and capricious — particularly at the thought of not being able to tell the difference between margarine and butter.

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Famous Sayings #146 — ‘Good Egg/Bad Egg’

April 21, 2019

When you told assigned Brandon to this team, I didn’t know what to expect, but he was all that you said he was and more. I’ve never been on a more productive team and it’s all thanks to Brandon’s input. He really is a good egg.

Johnny, the school yard bully, is a bad egg.

Since April 21, 2019 is Easter Sunday, I figured I would look at a term that dealt with a theme of this holy day: eggs. Based on the title, this looks like a two-fer, but it’s really a three-for-one. There’s another type of “egg” that I’ll mention in the post, but it’s not a common phrase in the United States.

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Famous Sayings #145 — ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’

April 14, 2019

I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer will you be mine
Hey, I heard it through the grapevine
And I’m just about to lose my mind …

A year ago, I received an email from Quartz Obsession that looked at the phrase “I heard it through the grapevine,” which, as you know, is a title of a song sang by Marvin Gaye and many other artists. Since this is a very famous phrase, I immediately saw it as a future Famous Sayings post. However, I didn’t know how much I add to the research already done by the writers and researchers at Quartz. As it turns out, there was a lot more research to be done since the Quartz Obsession post (which can be read online) mainly looked at the history behind the song.

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Famous Sayings #144 — ‘Spring Break’

April 7, 2019

When I was growing up, Spring Break was scheduled around Easter, but college students usually have their break early in the year.

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Image cropped. Original image by gregorykirkjohnson from Pixabay

The first time I took notice of Spring Break — beyond the Easter Break I enjoyed during my elementary school days — I was watching MTV, and I caught a glimpse of young coeds partying during concerts. That never really interested me because, back then, MTV was more about the music during most days and whenever I tuned it, I wanted to hear music — or watch Daria, when that was on.

What I never really noticed was how long MTV’s Spring Break tradition had been running or how the American tradition for college students had been going. It’s an interesting history, but not without its pitfalls.

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Famous Sayings #143 — ‘April Fools’ Day’

April 1, 2019

April Fools’ Day is celebrated on April 1 of the year. Just about every country has their own tradition.

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I meant to have a Famous Sayings post up yesterday, but life (and sleep) happened. Yet since today is April 1, I decided to do a post dedicated to today’s holiday of sorts, April Fools’ Day. This post could have been done last year had I left the Famous Sayings posts on Sunday, but here’s another opportunity.

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The Issue of Reparations is a Very Touchy Subject, but I Want to Address It

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In 2003, Dave Chappelle lampooned the issue of reparations for Black Americans. This is the only levity they’ll be in this post. The image was taken from a a screenshot (video).

The issue of reparations is being discussed among Democratic 2020 presidential candidates. Of all the candidates, Bernie Sanders has been singled out; he is being heavily criticized because he doesn’t support reparations. Is that fair? On some level, it isn’t.

That said, I wanted to make this post to express my views on the subject (and what I think about Sanders’ stance on it, among others). This post might be a little sloppy, but that’s because I am still learning about this topic and figuring out to express my views on the topic. That said, I know that we must have a general understanding of what is being asked and how the issue originated.

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Famous Sayings #142 — ‘Forty Acres and a Mule’

March 24, 2019

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Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828-1891, artist. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The phrase “forty acres and a mule” hits on a touchy subject: the issue of reparations for many Black Americans. This is something I must write about, especially since it is an issue for several Democratic 2020 presidential candidates.

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Famous Sayings #141 — ‘Luck Is when Preparation Meets …’

March 17, 2019

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

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Here’s your second Famous Sayings post for today. Since this is St. Patrick’s Day, I picked out one that deals with luck.

The first time I heard the phrase, “Luck Is When Preparation Meets Opportunity,” I was watching the film “Little Black Book” starring the late Brittany Murphy as Stacy Holt. Early in the movie, Stacy’s mother (played by Sharon Lawrence) told her daughter, “What did I say about luck?” to which Stacy replied, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” That always stuck with me.

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Famous Sayings #140 — ‘Do Not Go Gentle …’

March 17, 2019

Do not go gentle into that good night …

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Original image by Sheila in Moonducks via Flickr. Some rights reserved.

If you were looking forward to more Famous Sayings posts, today is your lucky day. I missed a post last week, so I’m making up for that. And since this is St. Patrick’s Day, this is part of a twofer.

Every now and then, I will hear someone on a television show or in a movie say, “I will not go gently into that good night,” or some variation of it. Given the context of that dialogue, the meaning might be clear, but it may differ from the original iteration, “Do not go gently into that good night.”

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