s ( r considered moving td the country under the delusion
i . t and peaceful, you had better take a second look before
: !. If you have dreamed of living in an old house where you
i i writs in peace, well, you will have rude awakening. And if
u move to a part of the country which is known as a vacation land, t
- -v-n help you, you'll 'need it ;;;,.' 'S-'VU yV''
i. on'f misujiderstand-me, I - Mke company. I enjoy teeing my
. L tends who come by for dimmer and stay a week or a month. I
especially like those rare people who are self-sufficient and can find
enough to amuse them when I am working. As Btrange as it may
v seem, a writer does work once in a "while. And writer must work
- without Interruption if he has a deadline or an inspiration.. '
, v it doesn't mean that the keys of the typewriter are clicking all
! the time he Is working either. Maybe you just sit and stare into space
trying to find the answer to a problem in plot or composition. Maybe ,j
a hithertoo quiet and amiable character has gotten out of hand and
wont stay in that niche in which you have stuck him. You just have
to fight it out You cant have a character declare war on his creator "
, and refuse to- do what you tell him he is supposed to do. You have
got to put him in his place right there and then. If you don't you are
; ilost and even the story may be lost V- ...fii :.'
You try to explain that to a, guest who has overstayed his welcome,
and you will know what I mean. You can see in his face the hurt
look, the disbelief that you can possibly have anything half as im-
portant to do as talking to him or listening to him. You attempt to
- sit it out and pay attention. But your smile gets more forced as you
m loecome Impatient to get back to the typewriter and take charge of
' the situation before your characters have decided to act for them-
Jlves.V'A.i..':;f".;'.i-i:'.. V.-'' . - .
If you have a Job which keeps you away from home for eight hours
, a day, your guests understand that They don't expect you to give
up your job and entertain them just because they happen to be having
- a vacation. They might even get dinner for you or mow the lawn or
weed the garden. They might although it in wnr hnnmhahla rah
11 the dinner dishes which you .would have done had they not in
sisted upon playing bridge or canasta until long after normal bed
time.' V' : ' ""' , , '
But if you are trying to work at home, trying to write an alloted
number of hours or words or pages a day, somehow they just don't
. consider that it is work. "Why you have plenty of time, you can write
w just as Well tomorrow or the day after or next week when I have
i gone back to my job in the city,' they seem to say. 'After all you
don't consider writing work, do you - not seriously. No reason in the
world why you can't go to the coast or the mountains or spend a day
7 on the lake - I wont be here next 'week, then you can play around
' with your typewriter as long as you like.'
' Next week? Alas, things don't work out that way. The idea may
Tiave fled, the characters have taken off in some space ship to a
place where you can never overtake them. The pungent words you
,had just about to put on paper, they have gone beyond recall. And
t you sit in agony, frustrated, having given only a partial birth to the
offspring of your imagination. You feel bottled up. seething, restless
and completely impotent. You feel like committing murder, that's
But after several days you get back to the routine, you sit down
again eager to write, filled with something to say. You have resolutely
shut your mind against the housework and the weeds and the wash
ing. You will remain adamant and refuse to allow any distraction to
keep you from this effort at creation. You will? Not if you live in a
huge old house in the country, and most certainly not if you live in
Maine in the summertime.
, You may have written a page, even several pages. The ideas are
"becoming crystallized, the words flow into your fingertips as fast as
you can type - sometimes faster. The plot it all worked out. the
vague places are lucid and logical. You feel filled with power. At
last this is exactly what you wanted to say. Energy surges through
your whole being. Ah, you take a deep breathe, supremely happy
with the joy of creation.
And then - oh no, it can't be a horn! You just won't go down stairs
to the door. If you do, you are lost. The story is lost, the idea will
be gne. You don't care who is there - you are not expecting anyone
until the week end. And then they are only old and dear friends who
understand when you have absented you from their presence for
.'hours, who carry on the house and' work for you, even concoct a
superb lunch or dinner for you.
My old and special friends are like that they overlook all the
i vagaries and preoccupation of a writer. They come to see you and
are an Inspiration. They listen while you talk out the part of a story
that has got you licked momentarily. They come up with some new
angle, some brilliant idea. They stimulate you to do your best often
prod you into doing it They are always welcome, I'd be delighted if
they would stay all summer. They act as a buffer between me and
(the door, between my evanescent ideas and the telephone.
Even my favorite summer guest my dear friend David Kirk, is
nly ten, but he is the most considerate guy I know. He amuses
himself for hours on end, paints and draws or builds a new book-
shelf while I am busy upstairs. Many a time he has answered the
door and said, "No, I'm sorry, Helen is busy writing - I never inter-
:rupt her." Bless that boy!
If whoever is blowing the horn is persistent enough, you finally
shake your head in Stark despair, and give up. The day is lost any
way, darn it You push the typewriter away and sigh in resignation
and go downstairs. Someone is pounding the door so hard you
wonder if they will split the panels - and hope they will hurt their
hands. You try to smile instead of scowling as you feel like doing.
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Ihere, to y 'r bcwnred amazement are some peonle you don't
remember seeuig in all your life. It develops that you haven't either.
, They are acquaintances of an old classmote of yours, a classmate yeu
. ha vent seen for twenty-five years, and at this point hope you never ,
see again. You cant even remember what the classmate looked like '
. except you are sure she must have been mess and wonder how
i anyone as stupid managed to stay in coltof.vn'.V-'?:; ?
When they have finished explaining why they are here, you know "
that old classmate must have flunked out of school. They have looked
' all around the town for a place to stay, and can't find one with '
enough room for their children who need lots of space and their
v two mongrel dogs to roam, and your mutual friend told them you'd
. be sure to take them in, you had plenty of room. You always were so
hospitable, you'd make any friend of hers welcome..- i.t, ' i :
For once, yqu show a little spirit This time you wont b saddled
' with any friends of friends especially when you don't remember the
-.Jso-ealled mutual friends. But you hate to be rude to anyone. You
teIePnon tourist camp nearby which you are sure has
plenty of room. You had better da it quickly. They will tell you that
your living room is Just like home. Just what they had hoped to find, '
- and unless you get really sarcastic will move in. v , . ,
I have, had that happen to me before. But not this year. I have a
' work in progress and I refuse to be interrupted. I am delighted to
see any friends of mine who understand that I am working, glad to
have them come and stay. But the. others who keep me from my
Job, no, I shall be quite direct and firm with them - I hope. If I
cant be, then I had better move to the city where I can be alone when
I need to be. .-. - v
HELEN CALDWELL CUSHMAM .
Fruit Juices Sent
To Soldiers By ARC
WASHINGTON, T. C The t
shipment of badly . needed fruit
juices for wounded French soldiers
in Indo-Chinc was shipped from
Tokyo today to Hanoi, Indo-China,
following an emergency request
by the French to the American Red
The plea for Juice was relayed
by the French Bed Cross through
James T. Nicholson, ARC executive
vice ' president who is attending a
conference of the League, of Red
Cross Societies in Oslo, Norway.
The Place of
At a Children's Party
By GARRY CliVELAND MURS, Ph.0.
A P.TA. president said to me
recently: "During a party for
young people at our home, I had
occasion to drop into the base
ment playroom, where they were
dancing. The room was pitch
"When I asked my 12-year-old
son about it," this mother con
tinued, "be said this was usually
the case at the parties he attends,
and that In some of the homes,
with no parents there, the chil
dren roam all over" the house."
8he said she smelted some
smoke In the playroom and was
told that a number of them smoke
In the dark. She explained to her
son how easily one of the girls'
dresses might catch on fire.
Perhaps children at this age
range are motivated in these
ways by supposing they are act
ing "big." Also, since kissing
games are quite popular among
them, darkness may make it
easier for the shy boys, usually
more shy than girR of the same
ages. However silly we consider
these kissing games, they prob
ably are pretty harmless In a
lighted room, except perhaps for
spreading cold germs.
Few parents, I believe, con
sider darkened rooms desirable at
these parties. Prudent parents
set adequate lighting as a re
quirement. To enforce such a
regulation, one parent, at least,
must be home during the party.
Yet we are amazed at how
many parents plan to be absent
from these parties, as requested
or demanded by their children.
Why they do so is more than I
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Eastern director of operations, was
directed to obtain 1,000 cases of
assorted juices through American
sources in the Orient and have them
sent to Hanoi for use by the French
Red Cross in field hospitals.
' When the approved national
law against interstate shipment
of fireworks goes into effect, dan
gerous celebrations will turn out
to be a complete fizzle.
i ..,. , -,T.
London, England, city officials
are pondering abandonment of
the city's last gas street lights.
They shouldn't ; worry politi
cians the world over are sending
up clouds of "ill-omenated gas. )
welfare of your chfld at this age
range, or even somewhat beyond
it, you won't let him attend a
party unless you know one of the
parents is present. If several par
ents concerned were to confer on
these matters, they 'might easily
effect more desirable standards.
The parent need not become
obnoxious to the children during
their party. A mother certainly
wouldn't remain In their midst
Yet she would let them feel her
presence in the home, and might
occasionally drop Into their midst,
perhaps, "to wish them a good
Some parents help the young
party-giver to plan wholesome,
Another problem of these par
ties for youths from 11 to 14 is
the transportation. It Is fortunate
If the party Is within easy walk
ing distance. Otherwise, the par
ents should take their children
and call for them, unless they
can easily go by bus or trolley
car. It Is very hazardous when
older children drive many pas
sengers to and Trom the party.
Balety can also be furthered if
a reasonable hour is set by the
hostess-parent for ending the
party, as driving hazards usually
increase around midnight and
later. Often It's the after-parties
at restaurants and inns that are
least safe and wholesome. Chil
dren are fortunate when parents
get together and decide on some
regulations they will help enforce.
(My bulletins, "Your Child and 1
His Playmates" and "Let's Enjoy
Our Children,'' may be had by j
sending a self -addressed, stamped '
envelope to me in care of this i
newspaper.) - 1 m mm ' '" . ,
At Lc:iil:rg ??'
Louisburg, At the final exercises
of the Louisburg College Commen
cement May 31,' President Samuel
M. Holton announced the appoint-
ment of Rev. C Wade Goldston,
pastor of Pine Forest Church, Golds
boro, as.' Professor of Town and
Country work at Louisburg College
for the cession beginning in, Sept
ember1, 1864. 1 iv.c
' The position is a new one at
Louisburg and it is designed to en
able the College to serve more di
rectly the needs of the North Caro
lina Conference of the Methodist
Church In view of the fact that the
Conference is "preponderately made
up of small town and country chur
ches. Mr. Goldston'a work will in
clude among other duties working
with the pastors of the small town
and country "churches, teaching
.courses in Louisburg College for
supply pastors of whom: the Con
ference has a large number, exten
sion and field work wlththe chur
ches, helping to direct the religious
activities nt the College. Mr. Golds
ton will move to Louisburg on Aug
ust 1.-. : ".--.)
Mr. Goldston was born in Golds-
ton, North Carolina, He was grad
uated from the Goldston high sch
ool and he holds the B. A. degree
from the University of North Caro-i
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Una v. ...sre Is was fl member of
Phi Beta Kappa, national scholastic
fraternity. He holds the B. D. degree
from the Divinity School of t,lk
University and from Yale Universi
ty. He and Mrs, Goldston have two
Children. Since he has been a mem
ber af the North Carolina Confer
ence he has served pastorates at
Clark Street Church, Rocky Mount
Bed Oak, Stantonsburg, Evansdale,
Danleals Memorial in Wayne County
and Pine Forest in Wayne County.
In making the announcement of
the appointment. President Holton
stated that several months had been
spent in making the selection and
that he and the Committee that
helped to make the selection, felt
that 'Mr., Goldston was eminently
fitted for what is really pioneer
work for a North Carolina junior
college. v ( ; ; ? ..' :
Civil Service Exam !
The Board of U. S. Civil Service
Examiners for Scientific and Tech
nical Personnel of the Potomac
River, Naval Command, announced
a competitive Civil Service examin
ation today June 9, 1954 tar Labora
tory Electronic Mechanic with sal
aries from $2950, to $5940 per annum.
Applicants who are appointed Will
have the opportunity to use the
latest electronic equipment in some
of the Navy Department's leading
research kiboratories, including the
Naval Research Laboratory, : the
Naval Ordnance Laboratory, ' th
David Taylor Model Basin, the
Naval Air Test Center, the Naval
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