This is my Hallmark Card (Hallmark: ... 2. a distinguishing characteristic, trait, or feature -- Webster) to my wife hidden neatly away on my blog that she's bound to discover at some point accidentally or incidentally or some way like that.
from today's Writer's Almanac My friend and I mull over the teas displayed in square jars with beveled glass labeled by type. Each name seems part of a haiku: "After the Snow Sprouting." "Moon Palace." "Mist Over the Gorges." I'm drawn to green teas with unoxidized leaves that don't wither, hold their grassy fragrance like... Continue Reading →
Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book Silent Spring was published on this date in 1962 (books by this author). Carson was a marine biologist, but she was also a crafter of lyrical prose who contributed to magazines like The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, and who had already published three popular lyrical books about the sea. One... Continue Reading →
"Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." ~ Thomas A. Edison
I was strolling in the gardens of an insane asylum when I met a young man who was reading a philosophy book. His behavior and his evident good health made him stand out from the other inmates. I sat down beside him and asked: ‘What are you doing here?’ He looked at me, surprised. But... Continue Reading →
Over the weekend, Pulitzer Prize winning poet John Ashbery passed away at the age of 90. “Part of what makes Ashbery so absurdly good is his faith in the essential goodness of the absurd,” wrote Matthew Bevis in the June 2017 issue of Harper’s Magazine. “He’s one of our most truly encouraging poets on account of his... Continue Reading →
"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favours such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better." ~ Daniel Berrigan Today, Aug. 28, is... Continue Reading →
"This country has dangled the sword of nuclear holocaust over the world for more than half a century and claims that someone else invented terrorism." Paraphrased from "If Not Empire, What?: A Survey of the Bible" by Berry Friesen and John K. Stoner
If only people watched, sung about, and worshiped the Sun and Moon and the Earth and the rest of Nature and the universe everyday as much as they do on days when they happen to align for a couple of minutes like they did yesterday, Aug. 21, 2017. A cosmic testament to the ancient short... Continue Reading →
"What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question." —Margaret Atwood
According to today's Writer's Almanac, Stone wrote: "Writing is lonely. [...] But most of the time you are in a room by yourself, you know. Writers spend more time in rooms, staying awake in quiet rooms, than they do hunting lions in Africa. So, it's a bad life for a person because it's so lonely... Continue Reading →
Take care of yourself and each other. Take care of your father and your mother because they’re the only ones you’ll ever have. Take care of your brothers and sisters, they, too, are unique to you and will usually be there when you need them most, just as you should be there when they need... Continue Reading →
“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~ Haruki Murakami
This is f----ed up! What is he thinking? Is that what people watch on their living-room-wall-size tv's? Brian Williams: “We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Williams said. "I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen, ‘I am guided by the... Continue Reading →
It's the birthday of John Steinbeck. See The Writer's Almanac for Feb. 27 for more details. In Chapter 17 of The Grapes of Wrath, he wrote The cars of the migrant people crawled out of the side roads onto the great cross-country highway, and they took the migrant way to the West. In the daylight... Continue Reading →
From today's Writer's Almanac It's the birthday of Judy Blume, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (1938), the best-selling author of more than two dozen books for young people. She was 27 years old, with two preschool-aged children, when she began writing seriously. For two years, she received constant rejections. Then in 1970, she had her... Continue Reading →
Where: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., New Haven Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection Celebrated for his powerful and carefully crafted poems, Komunyakaa has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the... Continue Reading →
Today is the birthday of the man known as "The O. Henry of Harlem," American poet Langston Hughes (1902). In 1926, he was working as a busboy at a hotel in New York City when the poet Vachel Lindsay arrived for dinner. Hughes placed some poems under Lindsay's dinner plate. Intrigued, Lindsay read them and... Continue Reading →
Today is the birthday of Colette who said "Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."
Today's New York Times reports that after the Asian nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, announced that preparations for testing an intercontinental ballistic missile were in their “final stage,” President-elect Donald J. Trump responded on Twitter, writing: “It won’t happen!” What right does he have to say things that might provoke and enrage a world leader and... Continue Reading →
To celebrate American Archive Month in October, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has released a collection of images, including this shot of a cluster of stars 20,000 light years from Earth. The blue and green shows cosmic haze where clouds form; x-rays are shown in purple.
"... The compromise involved Democrats who controlled the House of Representatives allowing the decision of the Electoral Commission to take effect. The outgoing president, Republican Ulysses S. Grant, removed the soldiers from Florida. As president, Hayes removed the remaining troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. As soon as the troops left, many white Republicans... Continue Reading →
Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, making it clear that his top priority will be preventing crises and promoting peace, Edith M. Lederer of The Associated Press reports. "As Guterres begins his five-year term facing conflicts from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan and Libya and global crises... Continue Reading →
Sunday, January 1, 2017 "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing." ~ Pamela Haines, Philadelphia Quaker I get these great inspirational emails from paceebene.org. Check them out. They're good for a lot more than inspirational quotes, too.