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With Richard Mason, on writing and other things

I've mentioned this subject matter before, but I've just spent a few hours now watching some videos of author Richard Mason, and this one in particular, where he describes his new Apple iPad App for the Elumination version of his book, History of a Pleasure Seeker, which is riveting!

I had already watched several of these videos and had read several newspaper interviews of Richard today, and by the time I got to this one, it was getting near time to do chores around here, feed the dogs, get dinner ready for us... etc... but I could not stop it voluntarily... until it ended.

For anyone who loves reading books, and for anyone who ever fancied writing a book of his/her own, this is for you!

Richard Mason, by the way, is married to our second cousin, Benjamin Morse, about whom, you may remember, I have written here in the past. So, Richard is related to us through marriage, and I couldn't be more proud of that fact than I am after hearing him explain all of this here.

Somewhere in this house-of-books I have my copy of History of a Pleasure Seeker. It may take me a while to locate it, but off I go... after I've done my wifely duties.

With love, and cheers,


I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals...
They are so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied... not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from "Leaves of Grass, No. 32"] ~


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