by Judy Ann Davis
One of my favorite authors, Mark
Twain, was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. Best known as a
novelist, lecturer, and entrepreneur, he has also been called the “greatest humorist
of the United States.” He is one of my favorite authors because of his wit and
Mark Twain is the pen name of
Samuel Clemens. Although the exact origins of the name are unknown, it is worth
noting that Clemens operated riverboats, and mark twain is a nautical term for
water found to be two fathoms, twelve feet, deep which equates to mark
(measure) twain (two).
We had the pleasure of taking an American Queen riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans a few years ago. My husband and I learned a lot about Southern culture and Mark Twain while on board. Some of my favorite Mark Twain sayings are:
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
Let us endeavor to live so that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry.
In my romantic mystery, “ADELENE ~ The Violinist,” Book 2 in the Musical Christmas Series, which recently won "first place" in the Contemporary Short Category of the International Digital Awards (IDA), sponsored by the Oklahoma Romance Writers, there is reference to Mark Twain.
I don’t want to ruin
the mystery for you, so here is the blurb:
A joyful novella to brighten
Adelene Almanza, an accomplished violinist and Spanish teacher, has only one Christmas wish—to buy an old decrepit schoolhouse and create a teen and literacy center in her small hometown of Bluestone Bluff, New York.
When she tries to attend the sale of the building, she is injured and must rely on her old boyfriend and owner of a construction company, Clay Ciaffonni, to help purchase the building and help with the renovations. But money is tight, and a demolition and salvage company is pressuring her to give up and sell.
Despite an act of vandalism, mounting costs, and a stray puppy, the couple pushes forward to restore the structure to its natural beauty. Will they discover the long-forgotten secrets of the old schoolhouse, hidden away in its boarded-up attic? And will the sparks of love ignite a second time for Adelene and Clay?
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
If you are not able to celebrate with your family this year, as we are not able, we should still give thanks our family members are safe, our table is plentiful in these uncertain times, and our Creator will bless us as we move forward to the year’s end…and toward a new, more hopeful, one in 2021.