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Pooh Pondering

Remembering Blustery Days


Although I wouldn’t describe our relationship as close, I knew of the adventures of Winnie the Pooh as a child.   My younger sister had a book, maybe more than one, but beyond the basic storyline, I wasn’t that aware of much else.   Literature can be quite special as it draws in its readers.  I understand that.


In between respites of rain so far this year, we have had a few days of windy, maybe even blustery by some accounts, conditions in Southern California.  And when blustery is part of the conversation, Pooh and the author A. A. Milne come to mind for me.    These words of wisdom, each attributed to Milne strike a pondering chord for me.  Here are some as I reflect on a less windy day.



The third-rate mind is only happy

when it is thinking with the majority.

The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.

The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.


Organizing is what you do before you do something

so that when you do it,

it's not all mixed up. 


One of the advantages of being disorderly

is that one is constantly

making exciting discoveries.


It is more fun to talk with someone

who doesn’t use long, difficult words,

like “What about lunch?”. 


Bores can be divided into two classes,

those who have their own particular subject,

and those who do not need a subject.


Admittedly, my favorite.  And the quote that I started my rabbit hole expedition of A. A. Milne words and a bit more about his history:



Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

Happy Spring!

The images in this post are from canstockphoto.com

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael,

My son especially loved Winnie the Pooh and made me think of the hours I read about Pooh Bear! Now I'm going to take some time and ponder. I had to laugh at the disorderly one...I like order and not chaos so I've always though I make better discoveries through order but I know those this works perfectly for! LOL! 

Mar 21, 2024 07:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - collecting some of Milne's quotes brought contradictions to the forefront of the "words of wisdom" conversation.  Hmm, is that an example of a tigger-warning?

Mar 21, 2024 08:08 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Michael, I recall enjoying some of his stories and watching Pooh videos with the kids when they were little. Now, I find myself humming some of the tunes!

Mar 21, 2024 01:04 PM
Michael Jacobs

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - my knowledge of music is minimal at best so singing (or humming) along is not in the cards for me.    

Mar 21, 2024 01:13 PM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

MJ.... WOW WOW & WOW.... I guess the best place to start is "Happy Spring!

I will need to read your post several more times to get its full effect; THANK YOU for the things to think about... Exploration is wonderful😎... BTW here's a pic of my boat

Mar 22, 2024 09:58 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jon Kolsky - the pondering rabbit hole I started with one Milne quote led to other words of wisdom by the author so I can understand that you may need additional mind nourishment.

I can see why your spending some time away from the Rain, your hobby has me imagining you as Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island.  Beware of promises of those three-hour cruises.  That's quite a ride!


Mar 22, 2024 04:27 PM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

That is funny, and yes, the three hour tours might be more that I bargained for, Michael...

Owning this boat has been my biggest adventure. I had no idea how much fun it is to work on her and learn everything about her... Even driving her is an adventure, especially when docking... 

Your post is amazing and it's challenging... I love it😎

Mar 22, 2024 05:07 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jon Kolsky - may the good weather bring you a lot of opportunities to be at sea and afloat.  😃😎🌞

PS - always good to "see" you - on AR or at seaside.   🌊

Mar 22, 2024 05:14 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Michael. If I had to choose the most impactful character in Winnie the Pooh, I'd choose Eeyore.

Eeyore has always been known for his distinctive blue color, floppy ears, and constant loss of his detachable tail. But beyond these physical attributes, his unique personality makes him stand out. With a pessimistic outlook on life and often seen moping around in the Hundred Acre Wood, Eeyore may seem like a character whose presence can bring down the mood.

However, his loyal friends Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Rabbit never give up on him and always find ways to cheer him up.

Despite Eeyore's constant melancholy, his friends continue showing him love and support. They accept him for who he is and never try to change or force him to be more positive. This powerful message of acceptance and unconditional love is a valuable lesson everyone can learn from the Hundred Acre Wood gang.

Mar 23, 2024 07:58 PM
Michael Jacobs

Aura Alex - your Pooh knowledge is showing and I'm grateful to learn by your expertise.  Thank you. 

Mar 23, 2024 08:18 PM
Aura Alex

Michael Jacobs 

Mar 24, 2024 09:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Aura Alex - thank you for adding more Milne magic to the conversation.  👏

Mar 24, 2024 04:57 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

We have a sunny but chilly morning in Maryland.

Mar 25, 2024 07:18 AM
Roy Kelley

I have about a one minute walk to see cherry blossoms in our community. They are beautiful.

Mar 25, 2024 09:05 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - we have some unusual weather this year in SoCal - especially the last couple of days.  It is clear and crisp this morning, we shall see what the rest of Monday brings as March comes to a close.  May you enjoy this time in Maryland --- I have heard many in the District are enjoying seeing the cherry blossoms.    

Mar 25, 2024 08:53 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - WOW!  What a wonderful aspect of living in Kentlands.  Lucky for you. 

Mar 26, 2024 04:49 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

as a kid, I loved Winnie... mostly because I loved getting away with being allowed to say "Pooh".  But the stories were wonderful. And when I was finally able to see one of the Disney cartoons, Winnie's "voice" was indelibly etched in my mind.

Mar 26, 2024 04:32 AM
Michael Jacobs

Alan May - some childhood memories are Pooh-related in other ways, aren't they?  It seems I was indoctrinated with Disney as we moved to Anaheim when I was a three-year-old.   

Mar 26, 2024 04:55 AM
Alan May

I have no memory of those "poo-related" memories, but my mother certainly did.

Mar 26, 2024 05:04 AM
Michael Jacobs

Alan May - moms seem have a sense about those sorts of things.  

Mar 26, 2024 06:27 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Personally, I am a huge HUGE fan of Tigger.  I love his enthusiasm and optimism.   

Mar 26, 2024 05:29 AM
Michael Jacobs

Michael Elliott - beyond the very basic knowledge of the character line-up, I couldn't choose a favorite.  It seems your childhood Milne memory was enormous.  

Mar 26, 2024 06:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Michael. We have a cloudy and chilly day in Maryland. You have heard the news about the big event of the morning in Baltimore.

I took a couple of big bags of clothing to the local Salvation Army location and then did some shopping at Costco this morning.

Mar 26, 2024 10:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - sounds like you are taking advantage of the early spring weather to get out and get things done - good for you.  Our weather is nice today, but it looks like some interference with that is coming in this weekend.  

Mar 26, 2024 03:46 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I love the quotes!

I've always been a POOH fan. Used to watch on Disney when I was babysitting the grands. I have not put it on for Stanley yet...he is quite addicted to Mickey's Clubhouse. 

Your post reminded me of a Wordless pic of mine from 2012...


Mar 27, 2024 01:38 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - thank you for sharing your Flashback Wordless post.  Aren't the AR Archives a wonderful asset to this community?

Mar 27, 2024 04:32 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Excellent selection of quotes. The quote about using simple words reminded me of this one that recently reactivated my memory.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. Albert Einstein

Mar 28, 2024 05:47 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - that Albert Einstein quote is a good one to find in the vaults of the memory bank.   I have long enjoyed it.  Safely depositing it where it maximizes interest can be challenging at times.  Happy Thursday.  

Mar 28, 2024 05:57 AM
Leanne Smith

Ahh the hard drive (brain) is much slower and the files are way too many. Good morning again and Happy Thor's Day to you as well.

Mar 28, 2024 06:04 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Michael Jacobs Have to admit that I have never read any of those children's books, but I have a friend named, Winnie. So, we call her the Pooh. Those quotes are always nice to ponder on. Thanks for sharing. 

Mar 28, 2024 02:14 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jerry Newman - I am sure there are many Winnies of a certain age who grew up with that nickname too.  

Mar 28, 2024 02:16 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Michael, AA Milne’s book When We Were Very Young, was one of my all-time favorite children’s books growing up. I can still recall snippets of his delightful prose. I’ll bet his grandkids LOVED him

Mar 29, 2024 04:08 AM
Michael Jacobs

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - seeing the quote that inspired this post had me going on a rabbit hole adventure for more words of wisdom from Mr. Milne plus some additional information about him.  Looking beyond the surface found me learning much more.  Happy Friday.  

Mar 29, 2024 04:53 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

I have an entire long list of "Poo'isms" that I used to post on Social media.  I don't think I ever step outside on a blustery day and not think, "Tut, Tut, it looks like rain".  Enjoyed your post Michael Jacobs 

Mar 29, 2024 07:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Cara Marcelle Mancuso - I like your embrace of poo-ism as a philosophy for social media posts. 

Happy Friday.  In SoCal we are expecting some precipitation and wind this weekend.  It looks like umbrella season is still around.  ☔

Mar 29, 2024 07:37 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs, here I am late again- I like the one about organizing the best although      I liked them all --   Oh Pooh,  I wanted them all very much - Good Friday, Michael 

Mar 29, 2024 11:10 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - thankfully, the ActiveRainLand timeclock is non-existent.   Fortunately, the requirements of membership on this site are fairly easy.  I am glad to hear you enjoyed the Pooh quotes.  Happy Friday!

Mar 29, 2024 02:14 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Michael, I love this! I now have the French version on my bedside table as I try to brush up on my favorite (other than English, of course) language.


Mar 30, 2024 07:07 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Kennedy - I am still attempting to gain literacy in English so expanding my comprehension to any other language is foreign to me.  Thanks for adding to this pooh-pooh platter of pondering and all the thoughts associated with it.    😀

Mar 30, 2024 07:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Michael,When working through something and thinking you got it handled...

Mar 30, 2024 04:31 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - thank you for scooping additional Pooh pondering on this post.  I 'preciate it.  😉

Mar 30, 2024 04:37 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Michael, wonderful how the weather has triggered memories of your youth.  
Found this quote on line 

  • “I wonder how many wishes a star can give.” — Winnie the Pooh
Apr 26, 2024 05:40 PM
Michael Jacobs

Gloria Todor - good choice.  

Apr 26, 2024 07:13 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - those are great quotes! I had trouble deciding which one was my favorite. 

Winnie the Pooh was one of those lovable characters worth remembering more than some people that we know. Isn't that interesting?

May 08, 2024 06:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - life's road has many paths.  

May 08, 2024 07:35 AM