With the Passing of Time

Daily thoughts – 2.9.09

Posted on: February 9, 2009

Today’s quote:

“I am not young enough to know everything.” — Oscar Wilde

Of course I know who Oscar Wilde is and while he is famous for his wit I think they could have picked a more interesting quote from him to use. Nevertheless, he was a very interesting man and while the end of his life was tragic he did seem to live true to himself which is a wonderful thing to be able to do. I thought Stephen Fry did a great job in Wilde, which of course brings us around to a LOTR connection again (everything does after all) but I won’t bore you with that.

Today’s poem: “Two Swans” by Ross White.

I have to say I really love this poem. I can’t give you any intellectual reasons or pithy analysis. But it’s great and definitely worth a read. It captures the moment and the thoughts that run through your head so well. And I love the repetition of I am keeping very still.

Today in history

In 1950, Joseph McCarthy accused the State Department of being filled with Communists. And while we may not have held official witch hunts, it’s nice to know that the Republicans are continuing this grand tradition by saying that anyone who disagreed with Bush’s policies were commies. It’s good to see that some things never change.

The Beatles were on Ed Sullivan in 1964. I always mean to ask my mom if she watched it but for some reason I don’t think she or my dad did. Then again, there wasn’t that much on television in those days and Ed Sullivan was a popular show so they could have.

That horrible accident between a Navy submarine and a Japanese fishing boat happened today in 2001. The wikipedia article gives a lot of great information about this incident. Out of the nine people killed, four were high school students. And while it may not be standard in the military to do so, for the commanding officer not to have apologized immediately for the accident was just reprehensible. They claim he asked to accompany the Pacific Fleet admiral to apologize to the families but if he did and was told he couldn’t he still should have done so on his own immediately. Protocol be damned.

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Daily words come from Merriam-Webster's word of the day. All rambling comes from my head.


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