Saturday, October 13, 2007

October 14, 1894
birthday of Edward Estlin Cummings


To commemorate:

Semi-sonnet for Cummings' hundredth (written 13 years ago)

and:

a meditation on his line "must's a schoolroom in the month of may" ...
As one of the commenters on this clip has noted

"This is basically the coolest video in the history of ever."

I use this bridge almost every day

It's only a 300-foot drop if the span collapses, but they say it won't. I'm reassured.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Thank you!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Mr. Riddle asks:

what the heck does global warming have to do with peace?

Took the words right out of my etcetera.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

from
The Oxford Book of Prayer
ed. George Appleton


Prayer No. 316

The day returns and brings us the petty round of irritating concerns and duties. Help us to play the man, help us to perform them with laughter and kind faces. Let cheerfulness abound with industry. Give us to go blithely on our business all this day, bring us to our resting beds weary and content and undishonoured, and grant us in the end the gift of sleep.

-- R. L. Stevenson, 1850-94

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Prayer No. 354

Withhold not from me, O my God, the best, the Spirit of thy dear Son; that in that day when the judgement is set I may be presented unto thee not blameless, but forgiven, not effectual but faithful, not holy but persevering, without desert but accepted, because he hath pleaded the causes of my soul, and redeemed my life.

-- Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964

Monday, October 08, 2007

more first than sun

Today is the fifth birthday of more last than star.
Definitely worth reading

One of many highlights in William Luse's most recent post:

I know a lot of Christians go to church and recite with the crowd, asking God to, for example, take away their manifold sins and wickedness, but I don't think they mean it. Based on the evidence. It's as though they hope for a heaven that's much like what's going on now, but with the physical ailments and the criminal element removed.


That's me most of the time, I'm afraid.

At Apologia, you can also find reflections on beer, yardwork, mockingbirds, and young lesbians; a review of a recent film; and a philosophical quandary that involves a wolf attacking Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And you can see a fine painting as well! But don't rely on my all-too-quick précis; hasten thither.