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December 6, 2019

Quote of the Day

Comfort, or revelation: God owes us one of these, but surely not both.

– Mignon McLaughlin

This Day in History

December 6, 1933:  “Ulysses” is ruled not obscene.  A federal judge rules that Ulysses by James Joyce is not obscene.  The book had been banned immediately in both the United States and England when it came out in 1922.  Three years earlier, its serialization in an American review had been cut short by the U.S. Post Office for the same reason.  Fortunately, one of James’ supporters, Sylvia Beach, owner of the bookstore Shakespeare and Co. in Paris, published the novel herself in 1922.

James Joyce was born in Dublin, the eldest of 10 children of a cheerful ne’er-do-well who eventually went bankrupt.  Joyce attended Catholic school and University College in Dublin, where he learned Dano-Norwegian so he could read the plays of Henrik Ibsen in the original.  In college, he began a lifetime of literary rebellion when he self-published an essay rejected by the school’s literary magazine adviser.

After graduation, Joyce moved to Paris.  He resolved to study medicine to support himself while writing but soon gave it up.  He returned to Dublin to visit his mother’s deathbed and remained to teach school and work odd jobs.  On June 16, 1904, he met Nora Barnacle, whom he convinced to return to Europe with him. The couple settled in Trieste, where they had two children, and then in Zurich. Joyce struggled with serious eye problems, undergoing 25 operations for various troubles between 1917 and 1930.

In 1914, he published The Dubliners and his 1915 novel, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, brought him fame and the patronage of several wealthy people, including Edith Rockefeller.  Ulysses, with its radical stream-of-consciousness narrative, deeply influenced the development of the modern novel. Joyce’s final novel, Finnegans Wake, was published in 1939, and Joyce died in 1941.

Ojai Weather

Mostly sunny, rain later  –  High 68 / Low 49

Total rainfall for the season  –  3.74 inches

Friday, December 6, 2019
1:45 p.m.

The open house list for this weekend has been updated.  We’ll be holding our listing at 59 W. Calle El Prado open on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Come by and check it out!

There is a new listing on the market:

 

Have a great weekend…

8:00 a.m.
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Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

Pic(s) of the Day
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Likely the last thing this bus thought he’d end up as

 

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Bonus pic – an early morning shot from my office window, highlighting the beautiful fall colors
Thursday, December 5, 2019
4:35 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
8:30 a.m.
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Pic of the Day

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
3:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
11:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic of the Day
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“Resturant” drama
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
4:15 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update is here!  Check it out to see Ojai valley sales statistics for the month of November.

There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Pic of the Day
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There is no Coke, there is only Pepsi (and possibly Zuul)
Monday, December 2, 2019
4:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
11:40 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
Pic(s) of the Day

I’m sure most of us in Ojai have seen recent photos of the snow-covered mountains from the valley floor.  Here’s a different perspective of the snowfall from up in the hills, about 25 miles or so north of Ojai (thanks to a friend of ours).  His estimate is that they received about a foot of snow.