From Bethlehem to Bedlam

Okay. Let's get down to brass tacks. Interesting phrase, no?

Everybody knows what it means. It means getting down to business. "Now

we're serious, we're going to get down to brass tacks."

When my mother would buy material at the department store, she would

look over several bolts of cloth, they were called, and make her

selection. She would tell the clerk how many yards she wanted. The

clerk would take her selection and there was a series of brass tacks

nailed into the counter where they measured out the material that she

bought. That was getting down to brass tacks. It was finally doing


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