This Hit Me of Late

In the Attic by Seamus Heaney 1. Like Jim Hawkins aloft in the crosstrees Of Hispaniola, nothing underneath him But still green water and clean bottom sand, The ship aground, the canted mast far out Above a seafloor where striped fish pass in shoals— And when they’ve passed, the face of Israel Hands That rose […]

Just Because I Love It

I have desired to go Where springs not fail, To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail And a few lilies blow. And I have asked to be Where no storms come, Where the green swell is in the havens dumb, And out of the swing of the sea.

Best Autocorrect of Last Year

Below the fold to keep a modicum of suspense alive — Steph and I laughed for a full half hour about this one.  And we still laugh whenever we bring it up (which is more often than I like to admit, but never in public ).

Election Day

A piece of Walt Whitman on this historic day:   From 1884   If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show,   ‘Twould not be you, Niagara – nor you, ye limitless prairies – nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado,   Nor you, Yosemite – nor Yellowstone, with […]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (the movie)

Sara and I had our only date in five months tonight. We ate dinner and saw HP and the Order. It was of course my choice of movie, but she enjoyed it almost as much as I did. We both liked it. I recently read an article which talked about Rowling’s insistence that the themes […]

(The Last) Quotation Monday — Wilde

I’m bored with Quotation Monday. In honor of the last installment of this series tradition I present the venerable and oh so quotable Oscar Wilde: Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

Quotation Monday: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, […]

Quotation Monday — Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

From a January 1, 2007 New York Times op-ed, Folly’s Antidote.  This is Schlesinger’s last published word on history before his death on February 28. Sometimes, when I am particularly depressed, I ascribe our behavior to stupidity — the stupidity of our leadership, the stupidity of our culture. Three decades ago, we suffered defeat in […]

Kurt Vonnegut 1922 – 2007

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae. Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing […]

Quotation Monday: Barber

How awful that the artist has become nothing but the after-dinner mint of society. ~ Samuel Barber

Protected: Written Over a Hundred Years Ago But Never More True Than Today

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Protected: Fasting, More Fasting, Gilligan, Etc.

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Update, etc.

For those of you who want an update, I received my first response to my letters to my two Congressman and my eight reps. from Ron Kind (democrat in house). It was a form letter, emphasizing that Kind voted for both intitiatives that the White House has passed regarding Sudan and Chad conflicts. The second […]


Dear friends: Just a note to let you know that at last I finished Gandhi’s autobiography (whew!). Good but tedious at times. It does not even cover the latter part of his life when he really drew the most recognition. I also recently re-read a book I had first read in NY, called the Ninemile […]

Verse V of a poem I wrote in college

It’s not very good, but I just felt like posting something different…the following is true and I put it in a poem while I was in college. V. The police called to tell me my car window was reported “found shattered.” I slip on my shoes and white T-shirt and break out of the front […]