Magnolia River 7/2/2017

“It was not a dream—it all happened. . . I was actually there in person. . . .”

—Mark Twain

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163 Years and Counting

“The Senate is now composed of a different material from what it once was. Its glory hath departed. Its halls no longer echo the words of a Clay, or Webster, or Calhoun . . . the void is felt.”

—-Mark Twain, February 1854.

The Last Plane Out of Casablanca: Father’s Day 2017

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.

Sancho Panza and Dulcinea Looking for Love

“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”

Monday Morning Blues

"Lightnin' Hopkins and a pentatonic scale
Some things under heaven are just cooler 'n hell"
            ----Ray Wylie Hubbard,"Cooler'n Hell"

Hurricane Season: Day 1, 2017

“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”

REMEMBER

  1. The value of time
  2. The success of perseverance
  3. The pleasure of working
  4. The dignity of simplicity
  5. The worth of character
  6. The power of kindness
  7. The influence of example
  8. The obligation of duty
  9. The wisdom of economy
  10. The virtue of patience
  11. The improvement of talent
  12. The joy of originating

“The Trainer’s Daily Dozen”, from D. Wayne Lukas

CURRENT EVENTS

“‘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”

 

May 4, 1970: THE REAL MAY DAY

“They say it’s very pretty in Ohio this time of year.”

—- Zonker Harris, “Doonesbury” by Garry Trudeau

Highwayman

“He had entered by then the broad, human path of inconsistencies.”
Joseph Conrad, Victory