To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.
--- George Orwell

Friday, August 19, 2016

Into The Same River: Searching For The Lost Soul Of Community In America

Quaker Bridge, Croton-on Hudson NY, 1996



The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words make them smaller. When they were in your head they were limitless; but when they come out they seem to be no bigger than normal things. 

But that's not all. The most important things are too close to wherever your secret heart is buried; they are clues that could guide your enemies to a prize they would love to steal. It's hard and painful for you to talk about these things . . . and then people just look at you strangely. They haven't understood what you've said at all, or why you almost cried while you were saying it.   
Stephen King, The Body (Stand By Me)

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Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.  The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the
 basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.   
Norman MacLean, A River Runs Through It. 
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We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. 
T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Effete 'Guardian' Editors Might Be 'Having A Laugh' But Philistines Are Not Amused



Sub-editors at the Guardian may be chuckling over the news that the Philistines were evidently more culturally advanced than the Book of Judges described them. But the international epithet industry is reeling, with shares of biblical disparagements hitting rock-bottom levels in end-of-dig trading. Archeologist Lawrence Stager, who led the excavation efforts, said that "the Philistines have had some very bad press, and this will dispel a lot of myths." Meanwhile a fretful and accusatory Israeli public worries about "blood libel" charges being filed in international courts. "Who Knew?" read the headline in Haaretz.