Sunday, April 17, 2005
Suffolk Punch : Mother Earth News
a woman came up to Rutledge to scold him for mistreating his horses
by entering them in a pulling contest. Feisty as ever, he put
his fingers in a circle on the horse's haunch. 'See that?' he
asked. 'That's about the size of an Alpo dog food can. That's
where this horse would be if he weren't out here. Do you suppose
he'd rather be out here pulling and entertaining people or in
the Alpo can?' Rutledge has pulled out of contests when he thought
the conditions were wrong. 'I don't ever want to hurt these animals.'
One of his Suffolks, obtained from another breeder, has a bobbed
tail, a cosmetic custom that evidently makes the horses haunches
look larger and more powerful. 'That's just plain stupid cruelty,'
he explains in anger. 'That's the end of their spinal column those
(bleep) people cut off.'
all year i've been keeping track of the
nytimes Today in History & can't help notice (from this
p.o.v.) what an exceptionally disastrous month april has been...
4.2... wilson asks for a declaration
of war... 1917
4.4... m l king, jr. murdered...
4.5... the rosenbergs sentenced to death...
4.8... the death of picasso... 1973
4.12... the death of f roosevelt... 1945
apollo 13 gets in trouble... 1970
4.15... the titanic goes
4.16... the texas city explosion...
4.17... the bay of pigs fiasco begins...
maybe a close look at
any month will reveal similar strings of sadness and badness...
but it seems april has had more than its share... maybe eliot
was on to something... or maybe the editors of the nyt are just
raining on our parade...
then, of course, april is the month of my dear mom's birth...
so it ain't all that bad
keller appreciates ray bradbury
can read him at 10 for the thrills; you can read him at 40 or
50 for everything else that waits patiently in great fiction --
thoughtfulness, poignancy, life's sadness and its rhyming joys,
a deep-scooping sense of wonder, the everlasting awe.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
a pretty good day with the paper pile
Friday, April 15, 2005
/ World Bank - Joseph Stiglitz
carefully what the IMF had done, the mistakes that it had made
in crisis countries in East Asia, Latin America, Africa and the
economies in transition. The mistakes were sufficiently frequent
that they clearly weren?t just an accident ? as an academic you
look for patterns.
just back from the school's production
of Annie... which i've never ever seen completely in any of its
various incarnations... but whose tunes i seem to have known forever...
i remember when it opened in d.c. before broadway... remember
seeing tiny black & white video on the street... or somewhere...
at any rate...
i'm taking one
student's wise advice and flushing my head with a good loud dose
of beck's guero... not that the play was bad... it was quite good...
but it takes some strong medicine to counteract the cute tunefulness
of "maybe"... "it's a hard-knock life"...
and the inescapable "tomorrow"...
the show was packed wif wonderful stuff... here
at carmel - as in lake woebegone - all our teachers are good-looking...
and all our kids are above average...
Weekly: Style: Full Mental Jacket
... Despite an increasingly
compromised world of pop-graphic mediums, book-jacket design remains
diverse and thriving.
Gall on Systems
... A complex system that works is invariably
found to have evolved from a simple system that worked*A complex
system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched
up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple
Uncertainty Principle by John Gall
... To ask the question
is to see the answer, almost immediately. It is the element of
Paradox, to which we have already alluded. Things not only don't
work out well, they work out in strange, even
paradoxical ways. Our plans not only go awry, they produce results
we never expected. Indeed, they often produce the opposite result
from the one intended.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Herald-Leader | 04/14/2005 | A mountain of an issueI want it to show what the entire mountaintop removal
process looks like from the beginning to the end, from an intact
forest to essentially a Western desert...
always enjoyed John
... today is his 101st birthday... yesterday i linked
to the pinter page on No Mans Land
... that was my only
live encounter with gielgud... the play was in new york but came
south to d.c. for a brief stint... gielgud and richardson... at
the kennedy center.... a very good day
seniors learned today that their vote
yesterday leads to a project instead of a semester exam... project:
relate works we've read all semester to calvino's structures in
now they are in groups of three discussing the five cities within
a selected calvino category... this class:: sky, desire, eyes,
trading, continuous, hidden... some good conversation... they
seem to be looking closely and carefully...
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
reviews wendell berry's new book of poetry... i'm guessing
he's got an advance review copy... lucky bugger... a brief (for
rs) thought-full review
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
on Having a Happy Birthday, Mom!
they were lucky to be born in your
Monday, April 11, 2005
norman birnbaum's sober comment on the
jp2 papacy appears in the print edition of The
... not available online... An Ambiguous Papacy... one
bit: on future prospects: Loving concern for the earth and
its inhabitants, refusal to accept inequality and abhorrence for
violence are themes on which philosophical antagonists can unite,
but first their philosophical differences will have to be confronted
in dialogue. It is difficult to see how Catholics can engage in
that dialogue with secular progressives, and with other world
religions, if dialogue in their own church is so attentuated.
so... where's the spirit of j23 when we need it?
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