I just did a lesson in West Coast Swing. Neat stuff, and I have progressed from not knowing what I’m doing to knowing what’s what and doing so incompetently. Progress!
Chesterton quote: “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.”
Interestingly, I’ve gotten to the point where I have relatively little trouble asking men to dance, but women are trickier for me to ask. One more thing to play around with.
Orwell: “Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue.”
Politics is getting to me these days. It’s a slow motion trainwreck. Both sides deserve to lose—and they’re doing that. I realize that trends inevitably end, but being patient eludes me. Better to focus on other things.
Florence King: “Another kind of conservative would get drunk. This is easy because we don’t drink liberals’ sissy concoctions; it takes forever to get drunk on wine coolers but we can get there on a few belts.”
I seem to be losing my taste for wine and beer and even my old standby, whiskey. People are starting to think that I’m in AA when I go out and get Diet Coke with lime.
La Rochefoucauld: “Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.”
When I’m too old to set a bad example, please do me the courtesy of not reminding me.
Eric Hoffer: “Facts are counterrevolutionary.”
The counterrevolution is coming. It’ll be interesting to watch.
Michael Malone discusses various types of blog commentators. A sampler:
The Skimmer - The commenter, usually sour, who reads only a headline or sentence of a piece, draws exactly the wrong conclusion, and then embarks on an embarrassing rant.
The Trimmer – A commenter who initially stakes a strong position, and then under withering attack from other commenters, slowly backs off until he or she has completely abandoned that original position.
The Angry Man – We all know this guy. His solution for almost any problem in the world is the summary execution, in as grisly a manner as possible, of every possible perpetrator.
Right-Thinking was an early favorite of mine: pithy as he was sincere and capable of some truly amazing essays when prompted. He was also very kind and gracious about linking and brought us some of our early traffic.
He will be missed. I’ll be lifting a glass to him tonight.
K-Lo, who once seemed to be applying for the job of Mrs. Romney #2, has un-endorsed Romney:
Jim Geraghty and others have advocated the idea of Mitt Romney assuming a “car czar” role. I remain a Romney fan for many reasons; one of them: he’s a capitalist and a good one at that. If one of the Big Three called him up and asked him to get in its driver’s seat, that would be a good use of his skills. But taking the helm of some new quasi-government entity? We should bristle and so, I imagine, would he.
For once, something Romney can’t do for K-Lo. These are strange times.
Clio is the muse of history known as the “glorious one.” She is one of the least called upon muses and perhaps one of the most unappreciated. Yet without her knowledge of the past we would not ever be prepared for the future, for it is well known that we learn from past mistakes. It is the education and knowledge that she offers that can help someone become great in their lifetime. Call upon Clio when you need to learn from the past and not make the same mistakes.
Find a comfortable quiet spot where you can be alone for a time. Recount your past, mistakes and all. Know that you can speak and your confidence will not be betrayed. You can speak without fear and without shame. Here is when you can then take your journal and write until you feel that you are in control of you life again. Let go of the past and look forward to your future. You should value yourself and value your history. No person in this world has ever gone through life perfect. We are all flawed, but it is how we cope with this fact that makes the difference.