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  • Annie Oakley’s Gravesite

    My Lovely Melis and I enjoy driving the old highway systems, nowadays, rather than the interstate highways initiated by Eisenhower. In the 30 plus years we’ve been running to Cincinnati, we’ve only recently begun running down US127, rather than I75. In doing so, we found that part of US127 is referred to as the “Annie […]?

  • Anniversary +18

    Eighteen years ago, on our 12th wedding anniversary, I posted a short note commemorating my life with my Lovely Melis. Eighteen years on, the words I wrote remain true, though I will not state that our years together have been without their challenges. Yesterday evening, at dinner, I asked my Lovely Melis what she most […]?

  • Men of Good Will vs. Men of Bad Will – A Quote

    “The question of the control of machines (including technology – ed.) for the execution of truly human purposes involves a vast and far-reaching interrogation. It turns itself at critical periods into another question which may be phrased thus: When men of bad will make and use powerful machines for the enforcing of their evil purposes, […]?

  • On Practicalities of Dealings Amongst Dependable Men – A Quote

    “…those of every school of thought who hate tyranny and despise injustice, who despise the very thought of a life below the human level for any of the children of men, who would make the world a better place for the last and the lowest and the least, as well as a world which gives […]?

  • True the Vote – Fat Brown Bear vs. 2020 Presidential Election

    Stopping by the Smithsonian website this morning, to read about this year’s Katmai National Park Fat Bear Week vote, which evidently was somewhat controversial due to last minute voting, I read this: Though Holly initially appeared to be the winner, the park reported that she received a high number of suspicious votes late in the voting […]?

  • Sentimental Fools – A Quote

    “Sentimental pity does not bring men to their feet. It reduces them to an emotional pulp of receptive weakness.” Lynn Harold Hough, The Christian Criticism of Life, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, New York – Nashville, 1941, pg. 128 As an interesting side note, informs us that a synonym for sentimental fools is bleeding-heart liberal. How apropos.

  • Regarding Freedom – A Quote

    “If you deny freedom for the sake of abolishing the vices which liberty makes possible, you also abolish the virtues which can exist only in a world of freedom.” Lynn Harold Hough, The Christian Criticism of Life, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, New York – Nashville, 1941, pg. 46

  • Them’s Some Expensive Boots

    I’m not opposed to paying good money for a well made shoe or boot. For instance, in dress shoes I’ve always bought Johnston & Murphy, and still have 3 pair that I’ve had for almost 40 years, having been resoled or factory recondition once or twice. I also own an pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile boots, […]?

  • Colonoscopy – Well, There Goes That Money Maker

    Colonoscopies have been all the medical rage for a number of years, now. Marketed as the be all and end all to colon cancer, colonoscopies have been pushed relentlessly. I’m 62 and have never succumbed to the hype, though my doctor has never quit attempting to get me to submit to have my anal cavity […]?

“Prayers of Steel.”
Carl Sandburg – 1878-1967

“Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar.
Let me pry loose old walls.
Let me lift and loosen old foundations.”

“Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.
Drive me into the girders that hold a skyscraper together.
Take red-hot rivets and fasten me into the central girders.
Let me be the great nail holding a skyscraper through blue nights into white stars”