Matched set

A Boxing Day in the life of a word nymph:

She didn’t hit the mall at all this week, opting instead to stay home and gorge herself on fattening leftovers. She contemplated why a family of two—expanded to four for the holiday—needed three pecan pies, seven pounds of ham (after having cancelled her ham order when another appeared on the doorstep), a large turkey breast, two smoked salmon filets, two crates of oranges, and infinite cookies, truffles, nonpareils, candied nuts and salted caramels. She is now prepared for the Blizzard of 2012, when she’ll be cast in the role of Snowman.

She’s not just stocked with with comestibles, but with readables as well. She received several new wordie books this season, so prepare for meaty discussions on such things as Anguished English. Meanwhile, though, we find her struggling with storage:

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m the lucky recipient of a panoply of reference books on all things wordish. Readers from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Rome, Georgia, have sent me their treasured tomes, which I’m proud to display prominently in my office.

I have two bookcases here, one devoted to fiction and frivolity and another to my profession and my hobby, so intertwined that they mingle well on the shelves.

About halfway through this year, my collection of communications-related material officially exceeded its shelving capacity. I knew that a set of nice bookends would allow me to expand stylishly to the top of the bookcase.

When Santa was unable to process my request for bookends, perhaps because they were too heavy for the sleigh, I took matters into my own hands. For years I’ve considered what kind of decorative bookends would suit me best. This is where you come in.

For background, I almost feel as though I should take you on a tour of my office, much like Vanity Fair’s monthly spotlight on the contents of various celebrities’ desks, but I’ll save that for another day. For this exercise, let me say simply that my office features two predominant themes, reflecting my interests in the written word and international travel. There is also a host of old family treasures and several pieces of hand-made pottery of varying origin.

After Christmas I embarked on an online dig for the right bookends. I have a pair waiting in an shopping cart. Right now, they’re my first choice but, before I finalize the deal, I’d thought I’d solicit your input.

Here’s the space in which they will go, followed by five finalists. Which ones do you find most suitable for a well-traveled, slighly off-balance word geek?

The space

A to Z

Leaning Ladies

Porch of the Maidens Acropolis

Roman Colosseum

Stop Hand


Filed under Hearth and Home, Reading

13 responses to “Matched set

  1. The Leaning Ladies, followed by the Stop Hands.

  2. I’d go with Stop Hand, but what I really want to know is how a ham appeared on your doorstep. Did someone ship you one, or was it an anonymous dropoff? Was it already cooked? This is intriguing!

  3. Sheree Moyer

    Porch of the Maiden’s Acropolis wins hands down for me! You are the maiden of your acropolis and besides, they are pretty!

  4. I typically am all about modern home design, but I love the Roman Coliseum. Way cool.

  5. Thanks for your comments, Boomer and Bain; your votes are recorded. Dan, my brother-in-law sent a spiral cut glazed country ham from our favorite supplier, Burger Smokehouse in California, Missouri (as good as anything you’ll get in Carolina). He also sent pie, salmon and Florida honey bell oranges, but they arrived after I had made two pies and bought my Christmas groceries.

    Stop Hands is a good contender because they go with the praying hands of my grandmother’s Madonna, who happens to be missing two fingers.

  6. I also like the Leaning Ladies.

  7. William Greene

    Cinderblocks were omitted from your list. They have served me well since 1964.

  8. Patsy Grady Abrams

    It has to be A to Z . In my opinion, you know all there is to know about the english language from A to Z. I am your biggest fan.

  9. Nuge

    Hands down, Porch of the Maidens. Perfect for the traveling Word Nymph.

  10. Janet

    I vote for the Leaning Ladies, #1.
    The hands #2.

  11. Jo

    Oh please. It’s the leaning ladies. They face away from each other and say that their owner is a multifaceted woman who looks in many directions for her own interests and for sharing with others. And there is a meditative quality about them.
    hands — #2.

  12. Polly

    Leaning Ladies: holding up the literary canons and associated verbiage throughout the ages…strong and feminine… they have your name written all over them. : )

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