Monthly Archives: August 2017

Welcoming September 2017

Greeting September In the words of one writer, “September” (from Latin ‘septem’, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months on the oldest known Roman calendar, with March (Latin Martius) the first month of the year until perhaps as late … Continue reading

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31 August 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Antoine de Saint-Exupery “Only the children know what they are looking for.” Art for Summer – Part I of V: Elmer Schooley (American, 1916-2007) Below – “Poplar”; “Schooley’s Garden” Musings in Summer: Annie Dillard “An Eskimo shaman … Continue reading

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From the Demagogue Files – 31 August 2017

“A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.” – Demosthenes (384-322 BCE), Athenian statesman and orator.

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Exhortations from the Deck of the Pequod – 31 August 2017

“Here some one thrust these cards into these old hands of mine, swears that I must play them, and no others. And damn me, Ahab, but thou actest right, live in the game, and die in it.”

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A View from Walden Pond – 31 August 2017

“Let me have a draught of undiluted morning air. Morning air! If men will not drink of this at the fountainhead of the day, why, then, we must even bottle up some and sell it in the shops, for the … Continue reading

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Current Events – 31 August 2017

“Republican or Democrat, this nation’s affluent urban and suburban classes understand their bread is buttered on the corporate side. The primary difference between the two parties is that the Republicans pretty much admit that they grasp and even endorse some … Continue reading

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30 August 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Confucius “Time flows away like water in the river.” Art for Summer – Part I of IV: Francesco Scavullo (American, 1921-2004) Below – “Song” (photograph) Musings in Summer: George Santayana “I love moving water, I love ships, … Continue reading

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From the Demagogue Files – 30 August 2017

“As we discern a fine line between crank and genius, so also (and unfortunately) we must acknowledge an equally graded trajectory from crank to demagogue. When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of … Continue reading

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Exhortations from the Deck of the Pequod – 30 August 2017

“With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.”

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A View from Walden Pond – 30 August 2017

“Girls and boys and young women generally seemed glad to be in the woods. They looked in the pond and at the flowers, and improved their time. Men of business, even farmers, thought only of solitude and employment, and of … Continue reading

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