On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Since we seem to have missed our normal Christmas in July post, let’s have Santa 365, the e-short story, do double duty today.

“There’s no Santa Claus,” Charlie said.

“Who told you that?” said Bernie.


“Who’s Esmé?”

“At school.”

“Well,” said Bernie, “everyone has their own opinion.”

“It’s not an opinion, Dad,” said Charlie. “It’s a scientific fact.”


“From a scientist.”

“Any scientist in particular?”

“Groucho Marx.”

“Esmé told you that?”


“Know much about Groucho Marx?”

Charlie shrugged his skinny little shoulders. “He was a scientist and he said there ain’t no Santa Claus.”

“What do Esmé’s parents do?”

“Drive her to school. Pick her up.”

“I meant for a living.”

“Like you’re a private eye?”

“Yeah. Like that.”

“I don’t think they’re private eyes,” Charlie said.

“Why not?”

“They’re rich.”


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9 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:35 am on August 9th, 2020

    Hobbit: From what I can find the origin of “to cotton to” is not known but it may be derived from the Welsh word, “cytuno” which means to agree or reach accord. (There is also mention of raw cotton being moist and clinging to things. I assume the noun came first.)

    Good morning all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:52 pm on August 9th, 2020


    HRH,B: Interesting…

    I love the beginning of “Santa 365” and it also has my favorite cover!

    Good afternoon to all!

  3. Hobbit
    4:34 pm on August 9th, 2020

    Thank you B for your research.

    Maybe a sunny day today. I’ve been trying to entice Sadie for a walk for a couple of days without success but she loves all the petting and treats I’ve been giving her.

    I am in the midst of deciding how productive I want to be today. lol. I have been having vertigo which makes like interesting.

  4. Herd of Hounds
    6:41 pm on August 9th, 2020

    Hobbit, welcome to mom’s world. Be sure to see the dark and find out what is causing it. Mom get something she calls a helicopter pill that helps.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    7:01 pm on August 9th, 2020

    Hobbit, welcome to mom’s world. Be sure to see the doctor to find out what causes it… oops on the first message.

  6. Hobbit
    7:01 pm on August 9th, 2020

    HOH: thank you. I’ve had vertigo before associated with an ear infection or a cold. This time I don’t know the cause is but I understand that it is not all that uncommon in “old” people of which I guess I am one. It doesn’t occur once I am up and about.

    It is sunny and I am relaxing and reading with no productivity in sight. I had pizza (sharing the pizza bones with Sadie) and a margarita. I am thinking some of Sadie’s desire to be near me has nothing to do with love or with petting. She is here for the treaties. No wonder she is getting picky about dog food for meals. I have chicken thawing to cook for her dinner. I thought I was the cats’ Attendant and Sadie’s friend but I am thinking I am her handmaiden also. lol

  7. Herd of Hounds
    7:13 pm on August 9th, 2020

    Hobbit, of course you are Sadie‘s handmaiden. Just as I am handmade into the herd of pounds. That should be hounds but pounds works too! Miss you like crazy.

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on August 9th, 2020

    Snort!…A Friend means you always have to have Slim Jims on paw for your four pawed friends!…snorkel!

  9. Hobbit
    12:42 am on August 10th, 2020

    Rio: I can’t remember the last time I said “no” to Sadie!

    It is now raining. Going to rescue a mama cat with 5 newborn kittens in the morning. I’ve found a foster home and have all the supplies. Go time in the morning!

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