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Happy Birthday, Terry Prachett!

“This isn’t life in the fast lane, it’s life in the oncoming traffic.”
— Terry Prachett

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On This Day…

On this day in history:

  • Dr. King was assassinated
  • NATO was formed
  • Apollo 6 was launched

…Quite the set of events to share a birthday with!

Today is also “Walk Around Things Day”, so be sure to mind your step – figuratively, and literally!

A Sandburg “Monument” to Washington

In honor of President’s Day and Washington’s Birthday:

Washington Monument by Night

1.

The stone goes straight.
A lean swimmer dives into night sky,
Into half-moon mist.

2.

Two trees are coal black.
This is a great white ghost between.
It is cool to look at,
Strong men, strong women, come here.

3.

Eight years is a long time
To be fighting all the time.

4.

The republic is a dream.
Nothing happens unless first a dream.

5.

The wind bit hard at Valley Forge one Christmas.
Soldiers tied rags on their feet.
Red footprints wrote on the snow…
…and stone shoots into stars here
…into half-moon mist tonight.

6.

Tongues wrangled dark at a man.
He buttoned his overcoat and stood alone.
In a snowstorm, red hollyberries, thoughts, he stood alone.

7.

Women said: He is lonely
…fighting…fighting…eight years…

8.

The name of an iron man goes over the world.
It takes a long time to forget an iron man.

9.

………
………

— Carl Sandburg (1922)

Birthday Wishes

Today marks the fifty-seventh birthday of one of my favorite authors.  Happy Birthday, John Grisham!

“Quite often I can be in a bookshop, standing beneath a great big picture of myself and paying for a book with a credit card clearly marked John Grisham, yet no one recognises me. I often say I’m a famous author in a country where no one reads.”

— John Grisham

Hats Off To Charles Dickens

Today is the two hundredth anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth.  To honor this event, today’s posting will simply be one of my favorite sayings by this extraordinary author:

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”

— Charles Dickens

Where We Find Hope

Birthday Cupcake

Hope – it is the title of this week’s photo challenge, the meaning inherent in its featured image.  For Sara Rosso (the challenge photographer), hope is seeing that spark of life clawing its way out of the gutters, ruled by the determination to both survive and face any obstacle that might prevent its happening.  For me, hope is watching my youngest nephew celebrate his first birthday – remembering him as a crying newborn, watching him now as a happy toddler, and picturing him as he will be when he becomes a young man, capable of wielding the power to change the world around him for the better.  Hope is the new life each year brings us: the assurance that the future is brighter than it appears, and that even out of the darkest places in life something wonderful can occur.  May you never lose sight of yourself, and never lose hope.