Digging Up Bones



Presented without comment, two comic strips from 1997. Name a nightmare. How about an ex-wife who churns out books that, no matter the subject, are heavily weighted with autobiography? Welcome to my world. Actually, it’s not that bad. In fact, my friend and ex-wife Rheta Grimsley Johnson has produced a new book entitled “The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge,” in which she dishes on dogs, husbands and other trappings of domestication. She also has a new Web site, rhetasbooks.com. Of her previous books, my favorite is “Poor Man’s Provence, Finding Myself in Cajun Country.” It makes Rheta mad when I single out PMP for praise; I don’t know why. Of course, if I were better at knowing what makes Rheta mad, she’d be writing different stories. But take a look at “The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge.” Just don’t believe everything you read.
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38 thoughts on “Digging Up Bones”

  1. If I finish typing before someone else, I’ll be first today. 🙂

    I’m staying indoors a lot lately because while the temp is in the high 70s and low 80s, which is bad enough, the humidity is like a wool blanket and the minute I step outside I start to sweat and have trouble breathing. Not good when I have problems on a good day.

    Debbe, may Jason’s memory be a blessing to your family, and may you all be comforted.

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  2. Blinky: PMV is a typo, and so is PMW. I think Jimmy means PMP – Poor Man’s Provence.

    And Jimmy, Rheta is in good company. My father won the Ernie Pyle award in 1955 . . .

    I think of all the awards Rheta has won, she is proudest of the Ernie Pyle Award. Charles Kuralt was a winner, too, if I’m not mistaken. — JJ

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  3. Sure, go correct the typo and make me look foolish! I certainly don’t need any help doing that, thank you sir! 😉

    Thanks to your recommendation, Poor Man’s Provence is now on my reading list.

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  4. Help- how do I cook a steak again? It’s just a little one, maybe 3/4 pound and almost inch thick….using a skillet. Jackie brought lots of goodies from her garden and I thought a steak salad would be nice. (I really wanted a pot roast but there wasn’t one in the store) Any hints folks? Thanks.

    Ernie Pyle award? COOL for Rheta! Best of luck with the new book. 🙂

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  5. Llee, why do you need to cook the steak “again”? Cooking it once should be sufficient. 😀

    And remember the interior temp of the meat will continue to rise for a bit after it is removed from the heat and is “resting”.

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  6. Carl Barks on doing comics work while in a difficult marriage, as told to Donald Ault and printed in Mr. Ault’s book Carl Barks:Conversations.

    Barks: “It seemed like the more difficulties I had, why, the bigger the inspiration that would come when there was just a moment of calmness. When the dishes would stop flying, the bottles breaking, why, I could sit down and the ideas would just flow in on me. I could forget all the pains and the scratches, and so on, and just go right to work.”

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  7. For those not on Facebook my friend Lezlie has an online blog called Lezlie’sWorld@blogspot.com or Mark will put the right one. I mention this because there is a naked statue that looks like her in the blog today.

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  8. “Why can’t we get all the people in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.” -Charles Schulz. Hello JJ.

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  9. Dickens is asleep in pile of pillows. Lezlie is writing her blog and zip am still posting photos but not for long. We are meeting Jim Michalak the boat designer for breakfast since we got wires crossed for lunch. Forced Lezlie and me to eat his toasted ravioli for appetizer so it wasn’t wasted. She’d never eaten them.

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  10. emb
    Did you see the thing on birds (Flight) last night on TPT (PBS)?
    Really beautiful closeup shots of flying swans. (Taken from an Ultra-Lite)
    Humming Birds
    Peregrines
    Sparrow Hawks
    Little birds harassing big birds
    Bats

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  11. hbslots
    The Green Eyed Monster is in all of us
    Some beat it down with an axe handle
    Others feed it dog bones and kitty treats
    Of course it thrives on thin air

    Shakespeare:
    Iago:
    O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
    It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
    The meat it feeds on.

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  12. Good morning Villagers….

    Thanks Jean…and I know about the humidity.

    Rained here for a little while, then the sun came out making it even more sultry. Came home from work and the A/C seemed to be working but it slowed down. We think it’s the fan as there was hardly an air flow. Husband going to call and have it checked out. Hope it’s today.

    Have to shut fan off at work to clean packer, if not cleaning spray flies back in my…remember that Lysol is my best friend 🙂

    Not much else to say…

    ya’ll have a blessed day…..

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  13. Good morning after 4 hours sleep. Hotel alarm keeps going off. Trying to fall asleep again. Leg lifts working on knee pain. Strange that when body hurts working some muscles helps reduce pain. It does.

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  14. Good morning hugs to everyone!

    Yesterday’s cooking did NOT set off the smoke alarm and tasted pretty good. Thanks for all the help, folks. 🙂 Jackie’s vegetables made it really lovely. And there’s enough to enjoy for several days.

    Tangled up earphones…. a telephone operator’s start-of-shift puzzle! No matter how carefully it was put it away, a tangle would greet you. I decided they must have a dance when we weren’t looking.

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  15. OB: watched the bird program until around the time the swans took flight, at which point our power went out for over an hour. Gotta love thunderstorm season in Florida! Not really complaining since storms drop the temperature considerably and provide entertaining “light shows”. Power outages aren’t really that common anyway; about ten years ago our city bought us out of our contract with then Florida Power, now Duke Energy, and service has steadily improved.

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