A goal without a plan is just a wish.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I am way behind.
Like many in the word business, I have a lot of books at home. But I also have an entire bookshelf that is lined, stacked and jammed with the ones I have yet to read, but intend to. I keep them — 42 as of Friday — together.
Some are on history. Some on theology. Many are on sports, particularly baseball. Some were written by famous authors. Some were written by colleagues (with warm, personal inscriptions inside the cover.)
There’s a book on Tom Glavine, a book on music theory. Books on golf and books on God.
I started my shelf of unread brothers more than 30 years ago when an author friend moving to a new town offered me a box from her library. I accepted eagerly, figuring if I read what she read … I’d write better.
Not only did it not work, I quickly figured out why she had given the books away.
I guess I keep thinking if I one day retire or suffer an illness or injury that offers immobility, I will try to whittle them down. That hasn’t happened yet.
The world is full of words and I have many waiting.
WHO KNEW: What do Babe Ruth, Jeb Stuart and Ronald Reagan have in common?
HISTORY ON FRIDAY: Feb. 9 will be Elijah Clarke Day in Lincoln County. Elijah Clark State Park will host a celebration of Clarke and other Georgia patriots during the Revolutionary War Battle of Kettle Creek.
From 10 a.m. to noon there will be displays and presentations. A chili lunch will be served at noon until the food runs out. The day’s highlight should be the wreath-laying ceremony at 1:30 p.m. to honor the memory of Clarke, his family and other patriots from the area now known as Lincoln County.
GOOD NEWS: I was at a funeral last week and the funeral director, who I’ve known for many years, greeted me warmly.
“You’re looking healthy,” he said as he shook my hand.
And for a moment there, I thought I sensed disappointment.
ARC NOTE: A multiyear reunion for ARC graduates from the classes of 1951-1967 will be March 3 at the school. It will consist of a tour of the school and lunch for $25 per person. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the gym. Contact person with all information is Jim Pardue (706) 305-0889 or email jimpardue@wowway/com.
QUIZ ANSWER: What do the three above have in common? Feb. 6 is their birthday.
TODAY’S JOKE: Homer finally proposed to Sally Mae and was assuring his future father-in-law that he was prepared for the task. The old man, however, appeared skeptical.
“Homer, does your job in the mill make enough to support a family?” he asked.
“Yes, sir,” replied Homer, “I think it does.”
“Maybe you should think again,” the father said. “There are 12 of us.”
Reach Bill Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org.