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“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”


“I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!”


“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.”


“It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air.”


“Children’s reading and children’s thinking are the rock-bottom base upon which this country will rise. Or not rise. In these days of tension and confusion, writers are beginning to realize that books for children have a greater potential for good or evil than any other form of literature on earth.”

“And he, he himself…the Grinch…carved the roast-beast!”


“A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just isn’t present. But you… You ARE YOU! And, now isn’t that pleasant!”


“I know it may seem small and insignificant, but it’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become. That’s not a seed, any more than you’re just a boy.”


“The people that mind don’t matter, and the people that matter don’t mind.”



Margaret’s Eclectic Wine & Words

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Margaret’s Eclectic Wine & Words

“The Novel Dames”



When the mood strikes, or the stars align in their proper place, Margaret Epperson (an absolute genuine article from Jersey) convenes one of the most unique gathering of women I have have ever witnessed, this side of THE VIEW. And I do not make such a claim just because I am a member of this vociferous crew.

But this is a book club like none other. While most literary gatherings focus on the writing of the author or the hidden meaning about this or that plot, these ladies are seeking out the fellowship of like-minded women………..oh and did I mention the wine and food?

And from all walks of life…..

  • Do we discuss the merits of the classics? – Only if it’s a vintage Chardonnay 
  • Have we read the latest book on the Best Seller List? – It’s not that we haven’t read, there’s just more important things going on
  • Can we quote the content chapter & verse? – For about 1/20th of the time between 7P and Midnight
  • How can 20 women talk 20 ways to Friday? – That’s easy when you only see each other once a month or so. Enough time has passed that chances are, 1-2-3 and here comes a baby bump!

And yes we do talk about books!

But we prefer short stories!

Pretty soon we will be calling this THE THIN BOOK CLUB, because thick books get in the way of great conversation.

“Who’s house will we be going to next? Margaret will make sure that each of us volunteers our space and kick our husbands, kids, dogs & cats out for that precious 5 hour slot; where minds meet, girlfriends eat and bottles of wine deplete, all in the name of the written word.”



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Wilde About Oscar



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Top 10 Reasons to Love Oscar Wilde

Few literary stars have burned as bright as the late Oscar Wilde, whose unique, paradoxical and intriguing blend of boldness and grace dazzled in the flesh, as well as on the printed page. While Wilde remains a controversial figure – his calculated flamboyancy inspired many, yet irritated his detractors – few dispute the talent, influence and singularity of the man and his work. I adore and greatly respect Oscar Wilde – do you?

10. Immorality  


10. Immortality

At Wilde’s core, passions simmered. Although he tried to live conventionally by marrying Constance Lloyd, as time passed, he found it more difficult to repress (or even to take care tohide) his sexual preferences. As he embraced his true self, he naturally turned away from the moral status quo of his time. After all, the value system of his age was clearly in direct opposition to his own desires.

While he occasionally romanticized the rites of Catholicism, primarily for their beauty alone, the principles of the church were typically analyzed (in great detail) and then forcefullyrejected.

While critics of Wilde may view the author, poet and playwright’s “immorality” as a greatnegative, those who honour Wilde’s spirit and his literary legacy are probably more likely to view this “immorality” as honesty, with regard to living one’s life one’s own way.

9. Decadence


9. Decadence

“I have a duty to myself to amuse myself frightfully.” Again, decadence, like immorality, maynot be viewed as a virtue, depending on a person’s own moral perspective. In other words, this type of excess is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, those who do value the hedonistic elements of life experience may well appreciate the innate (and carefully cultivated) decadence of Wilde.

It is very safe to say that Wilde pushed things to the edge. Sometimes, his desire for pleasure led him to make terrible mistakes – for example, his liaisons with men were well-documented, and these dalliances tarnished his reputation, while also setting the stage for later imprisonment within the dank confines of Reading Gaol.

By acting out publicly, Wilde gave his enemies, who were legion, a great deal of ammunition. However, his decadent experiences surely provided him with the self-expression and inspiration that he needed in order to achieve pinnacles of creativity.

Wilde, unafraid of much of anything, (although he did have some fear of poverty and ridicule, both of which awaited him in the distance) and certainly unafraid of the darker elements of human existence, was more than happy to lead a very decadent life, frolicking among the denizens of the night.

Lazy (he preferred to be called, “languid”) and chatty, Wilde was renowned for embracing the life of the mind”. However, he was also a sensual human being. Therefore, he frequently soothed (or stimulated, depending on his mood) his senses with excesses of food, rivers of alcohol, dandyish clothing, and a stream of young and handsome lovers.

8. Heart


8. Heart

One young and handsome lover stole Wilde’s heart. Nicknamed “Bosie”, this delicate, blond creature (Lord Alfred Douglas), displayed caprices and quirks which were certainly a match for the Irish-born Wilde’s own idiosyncrasies. While Wilde was often perceived as the blithe, above-it-all, cold aesthete, his feelings for his beloved Bosie, who, in the end betrayed him terribly (according to a letter written by Wilde, De Profundis and according to accounts from other parties who knew Douglas and Wilde), ran very hot.

Until the end of his life, Oscar wrestled with his tortured passion for Lord Alfred Douglas – in moments of clarity, such as those experienced during his soul-destroying (and health-destroying) stay in Reading Gaol, he saw his true love for who he really was – a shallow and childish man who was motivated almost entirely by self-interest. Yet, even then, Wilde’s heart would sometimes soften towards the often cruel and always beautiful man who was once his primary muse. It’s certainly possible that Bosie had sincerely returned his ardor, back in the old days.

It may be argued that Wilde’s enduring love for Bosie was a central element in his eventual loss of reputation, poverty and early death. After all, it was Bosie’s irate father who publicly accused Wilde of homosexuality, thereby provoking Wilde to sue him. Although this libel lawsuit was dropped, Wilde was later charged with several counts of gross indecency and was convicted on those charges (and sent to prison). On the flip side, his adoration of the spoiled English aristocrat and poet (who coined the famous phrase, “I am the love that dare not speak its name”) undoubtedly added significant fire and eloquence to his work.

Wilde idealized his lover until reality stared him in the face and he could no longer make himself believe that Bosie’s love was in any way equal to his own. At this point, he experienced intense heartbreak.

So, Wilde did know how to love. He did have a heart. While he was as imperfect as any other lover, he demonstrated loyalty to Bosie in tangible and poignant ways, over and over again, until he simply could not do so anymore.

7. Influence


7. Influence

While Wilde had Bosie as his muse, as well as other muses, such as his own mother, who was quite eccentric, and the popular stage actress (and great beauty) of the day, Lillie Langtry, he also served (and continues to serve) as the muse for other artists. For example, back in his time, he was the subject of a pen-and-ink drawing which was created by the acclaimed artist, Aubrey Beardsley, who work is, in equal measures, elegant and grotesque. In addition, Beardsley illustrated scenes from Wilde’s controversial play, Salome, which Oscar wrote while inhabiting Paris.

In our time, Wilde continues to inspire. One key example of Wilde’s modern influence is director Todd Hayne’s cinematic effort, Velvet Goldmine. This film tells the story of a famous glam-rock star who fakes his own death, and whose androgynous, flamboyant ways are inspired by the spirit of Wilde, whose gemstone brooch the glam-rock star (played by actor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) wore.

Musicians who count Wilde among their muses include former Smiths frontman, Morrissey, who collects Wilde first editions, and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins (the Smashing Pumpkin’s “Stand Inside Your Love” video is a tribute to the Wilde play, Salome).

Of course, these examples merely scratch the surface, as Wilde’s influence is so far-reaching.

6. The Picture of Dorian Gray


6. Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde penned only one novel – The Picture of Dorian Gray. However, this relatively slim volume left an indelible impression upon its readers. Published in the summer of 1890, the novel outraged certain critics of the time, due to its “innovative” approach to morality. In fact, the editors of the novel culled certain passages from the work, without telling the author, in an attempt to tone down the book’s “indecency” before its publication. In time, Wilde himself stepped in and altered his work, by writing extra chapters and adding a now-infamous Preface.

In the story, the protagonist, Dorian Gray, is painted by an artist named Basil. Basil becomes obsessed with his handsome subject. Dorian then meets an aristocrat, Lord Henry, who influences his behavior and beliefs. Celebrating beauty and sensual pleasures above all else, Lord Henry becomes the catalyst for pronounced changes in Dorian’s personality. Gray becomes fearful of losing his youth and allure, and lightheartedly relates a wish to sell his soul in return for never-ending youth. In other words, he wants his portrait to grow old, while he remains exactly as he is now. Magically, the request is granted.

As Dorian falls further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his painting shows the march of time – and the fearful effects of sin.

5. Plays


5. Plays

The multitalented Wilde also excelled as a playwright. His efforts in this literary genre, such as SalomeThe Importance of Being EarnestAn Ideal Husband and A Woman of No Importance, are known for their stinging social critiques (which are delivered with Wilde’s characteristic elegance and refinement), their clever dialogue and their posh settings. Among his works,Salome stands out from all of the rest. With Salome, Wilde deviated from the norm, by setting his play in Biblical times. Those who appreciate satire which attacks the hypocrisy and moral strictness of the Victorian Age will likely benefit from reading these works and/or attending performances of the plays.

4. Poetry


4. Poetry

Oscar Wilde wrote many beautiful poems. However, one of them is utterly devastating in terms of its emotional honesty. Written in memory of his sister, Isola, who had died at the tender age of 9, due to an “effusion of the brain,” Resquiescat will likely move anyone who has lost someone that they loved deeply.

Excerpt from Resquiescat

Peace, Peace, she cannot hear
Lyre or sonnet,
All my life’s buried here,
Heap earth upon it

3. Style


3. Style

The role of aesthete came naturally to Wilde, who ardently believed in the value of the styleand the superficial. While there was clearly much more to Wilde than surface appearances, he was nonetheless devoted to appearances and made no secret of the fact.

From his long, dark hair, which his jailers forced him to cut off (to his great consternation!) to his rakish chapeaus (tilted to the side, if you please) to his sweeping capes and velvet and silk suiting (these separates were always accented with luxurious ties and stockings which complemented Wilde’s coloring to perfection), it was abundantly clear that Oscar caredabout his outfits. In addition, he believed that everyone should be able to wear whatever they wished.

This mode of thinking was obviously rather unorthodox during Oscar’s era.Wilde shared his views on fashion/aesthetics in his treatise, The Philosophy of Dress.

2. Wit


2. Wit

Should the wit of Oscar Wilde be at Number One on my list? Perhaps! After all, it is a pure distillation of the man’s genius. While I chose a different attribute for the top spot, the glittering bon mots of Wilde are definitely a great reason to love him. Since Wilde is quoted so extensively, even today, I won’t detail all of his most classic lines here. Chances are, you’ve read them all before. Suffice it to say that a gem, such as “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious” will always resonate with many of us.

Amusing, exuberant, rebellious, pitiless. Wilde’s exceptional intelligence and unique mindset brought magic to every quip and chance remark that he uttered, and the world is better for it.

1. Bravery


1. Bravery

Who is braver than Wilde? Who suffered more in order to be who he truly was? By facing hisoppressors, in court and out in the world, Wilde displayed the magnificent courage of a lion.

To imagine Wilde’s suffering in Reading Gaol is painful, and it’s something that I’ve done often. To think that one of the great minds of the age was locked up and relentlessly persecuted, although he hurt no one, is heartbreaking.  How many others who love (or loved) have also suffered for it, although they hurt no one? So many.

This great visionary gave countless gifts to the world. Sadly, in the end, most of his friends were of the fair-weather variety. In other words, they chose to shun him when he was penniless and in disgrace. However, in his bravery and honesty, he distinguished himself as an authentic human being. He moved beyond the superficial. In addition, with his body of work alone, he immortalized himself.

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Expectations Great or Not

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Sylvia Plath

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”

― Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar

Donald Miller

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
― Donald MillerA Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

Alexander Pope

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
― Alexander Pope

Expectations, Great or Not

Mentors – Valued Treasures

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Tyler Perry

“What I’ve found about it is that there are some folks you can talk to until you’re blue in the face–they’re never going to get it and they’re never going to change. But every once in a while, you’ll run into someone who is eager to listen, eager to learn, and willing to try new things. Those are the people we need to reach. We have a responsibility as parents, older people, teachers, people in the neighborhood to recognize that.”

― Tyler PerryDon’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life

Tom Wolfe

“Sir Gerald Moore: I was at dinner last evening, and halfway through the pudding, this four-year-old child came alone, dragging a little toy cart. And on the cart was a fresh turd. Her own, I suppose. The parents just shook their heads and smiled. I’ve made a big investment in you, Peter. Time and money, and it’s not working. Now, I could just shake my head and smile. But in my house, when a turd appears, we throw it out. We dispose of it. We flush it away. We don’t put it on the table and call it caviar.”

― Tom WolfeThe Bonfire of the Vanities

John C. Maxwell

“Most people who decide to grow personally find their first mentors in the pages of books.”
― John C. MaxwellThe 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

Anna   Stevens

“Searching for a mentor is similar to searching for a spouse: you two need to share common values, concerns, experiences, communication style, and, of course, have time to invest into meaningful conversations with one another.”
― Anna StevensTurn Your Dreams And Wants Into Achievable SMART Goals!
Jeffrey Archer

“His lectures were always well attended, and not just because he imparted so much wisdom and knowledge: he also managed to do it with humour. It had taken Danny some time to realize that the professor enjoyed provoking discussion and argument by offering up outrageous statements to see what reaction he would arouse from his students.”

― Jeffrey ArcherA Prisoner of Birth



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Jane Austen

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

― Jane AustenNorthanger Abbey

C.S. Lewis

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

― C.S. Lewis

Albert Camus

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
― Albert Camus
Elbert Hubbard

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard

Mark Twain

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain
Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
A.A. Milne

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

A.A. Milne

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
― Linda Grayson


Drowning in Life

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Langston Hughes

“I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.”

― Langston Hughes

Ted Hughes

“Nobody wanted your dance,
Nobody wanted your strange glitter, your floundering
Drowning life and your effort to save yourself,
Treading water, dancing the dark turmoil,
Looking for something to give.”
― Ted HughesBirthday Letters

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Louisa May Alcott

“Oh, that is the surprise. It’s so lovely, I pity you because you don’t know it…”

― Louisa May AlcottLittle Men

“I’m just not built for fairytale surprises.”

― Karen TayleurLove Notes From Vinegar House



Stuart Woods

“What’s the matter, don’t you like surprises?”

“I like them if they’re pleasant ones, and when they happen suddenly,” Holly said. “But not when I have to ponder them for an hour and forty-five minutes.”

― Stuart WoodsReckless Abandon

Bill Watterson

“Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.”
― Bill Watterson

Rex Stout

“[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.”
― Rex StoutFer-de-Lance
C. JoyBell C.

“One of the most beneficial and valuable gifts we can give to ourselves in this life: is allowing ourselves to be surprised! It is okay if life surprises you. Its a good thing!”

― C. JoyBell C.


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William S. Burroughs

“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. ”
― William S. Burroughs

D.H. Lawrence

“Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom.”

― D.H. LawrenceStudies in Classic American Literature

Arthur Conan Doyle

“I must apologize for calling so late,” said he, “and I must further beg you to be so unconventional as to allow me to leave your house presently by scrambling over your back garden wall.”
― Arthur Conan DoyleSherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I

L.M. Montgomery

“There is no such thing as freedom on earth,” he said. “Only different kinds of bondages. And comparative bondages. YOU think you are free now because you’ve escaped from a peculiarly unbreakable kind of bondage. But are you? You love me – THAT’S a bondage.”

― L.M. MontgomeryThe Blue Castle