Monthly Archives: January 2018

1 February. 2018

Welcoming February “There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow.  It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is … Continue reading

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Beleaguered in Bothell – 31 January 2018

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 31 January 1923 – Norman Mailer, an American novelist, journalist, playwright, film-maker, actor, political activist, recipient of the National Book Award, and two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Some quotes … Continue reading

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Current Events – 31 January 2018

“I really am a pessimist. I’ve always felt that fascism is a more natural governmental condition than democracy. Democracy is a grace. It’s something essentially splendid because it’s not at all routine or automatic. Fascism goes back to our infancy … Continue reading

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Beleaguered in Bothell – 30 January 2018

Remembering a Great Activist on the Date of His Death: Died 30 January 1948 Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi, an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Some quotes from the work of Mahatma Gandhi: … Continue reading

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Current Events – 30 January 2018

“Fears and prejudices directed against minority communities are too easy to evoke and exaggerate, often to serve the political agendas of those who promote those fears. I know what it is like to be at the other end of such … Continue reading

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Beleaguered in Bothell – 29 January 2018

Musings in Winter: Annie Dillard “The woods are acres of sticks: I could walk to the Gulf of Mexico in a straight line. When the leaves fall, the striptease is over; things stand mute and revealed. Everywhere skies extend, vistas … Continue reading

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Current Events – 29 January 2018

“I have been called a curmudgeon, which my obsolescent dictionary defines as a ‘surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered fellow’. Nowadays, curmudgeon is likely to refer to anyone who hates hypocrisy, cant, sham, dogmatic ideologies, and has the nerve to point out unpleasant … Continue reading

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Beleaguered in Bothell – 28 January 2018

Musings in Winter: Guy Davenport “Art is always the replacement of indifference by attention.” Art for Winter – Part I of IV: Patrick Pierson (American, contemporary) Below – “Hot Rod”; “Mother and Daughter”; “Diner” A Poem for Today “Of a … Continue reading

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Current Events – 28 January 2008

“If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to have selfish, ignorant leaders.” – George Carlin.

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Beleaguered in Bothell – 27 January 2018

Musings in Winter: Mary Oliver “Do you think the wren ever dreams of a better house?” Art for Winter – Part I of IV: Gabriel Picart (Spanish, contemporary) Below – “Shawls of Spain – Azul”; “Shawl of Spain – Purpora”; … Continue reading

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