I gaze at the the last plane my father ever built. Lonely, hanging from the ceiling of my office, going nowhere, slowly yawing in the artificial wind of the HVAC vent. Small, bright translucent yellow and sky blue. So like my dad, though not obvious to the casual visitor.
My dad was large, 6’4″, perhaps another inch in his prime, lean, and thin but not skinny. He bore the weight of war and the joy of family with few complaints and an ambition trimmed to meet those demands. The plane is small; bright only in places necessary to make it seen after landing in unexpected places. Pale blue as in calm. Trim, efficient, stable in the uncertainty of air high above becalmed grass and gravel. Beautiful to those who understand how to see a man and a plane doing what they need to do without pretense. Floating on the thermals of time.
“Of what use is the moon if you don’t have the night?
Of what use is a windmill with no Quixote left who’ll fight?”
——Carlos Varela, “Walls and Doors”
"Lightnin' Hopkins and a pentatonic scale
Some things under heaven are just cooler 'n hell"
----Ray Wylie Hubbard,"Cooler'n Hell"
“And now I must confess,
I could use some rest.
I can’t run at this pace very long.
Yes, it’s quite insane,
I think it hurts my brain”
—– Jimmy Buffett, “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season”
- The value of time
- The success of perseverance
- The pleasure of working
- The dignity of simplicity
- The worth of character
- The power of kindness
- The influence of example
- The obligation of duty
- The wisdom of economy
- The virtue of patience
- The improvement of talent
- The joy of originating
“The Trainer’s Daily Dozen”, from D. Wayne Lukas
“‘A writing may be lost; a lie may be written; but what the eye has seen is truth and remains in the mind!'”
——–Joseph Conrad, “The Lagoon”
“They say it’s very pretty in Ohio this time of year.”
—- Zonker Harris, “Doonesbury” by Garry Trudeau
“He had entered by then the broad, human path of inconsistencies.”
― Joseph Conrad, Victory
“Hugh, it worked. Thank God it [U.S. Constitution] worked.”
——Chief Justice Warren Burger to Senator Hugh Scott, Pennsylvania
“I have ventured. . .This many summers in a sea of glory,
But far beyond my depth. . . .”
—-Shakespeare, King Henry V