"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." Bertrand Russell
I'd always thought of Christopher Hitchens as a great writer, because he pi$$ed me off just as often as he made me nod in agreement. (Okay, so I have a weird definition of "great"). With this piece for Vanity Fair, Hitchens tells us about a great loss he had a small part in inspiring.... and it's...yes... "great".
I've been buried in too many textbooks lately. So yesterday I searched ebooks till I found one that looked promising. Whoa. This is one of the best stories I've read in a very long time. I'm back to another habit, too--barreling through the first reading in one sitting before settling back to savor the second time. Just can't wait to see how it ends. From the Amazon review:
The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule.I loved this line on how forgiveness comes to us....
"...I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.")
Eject Eject Eject: A MOVING COMPANY
exchange of paying out beaucoup dollars, which will take place in June.
Life goes on. It's a good one, kiddies.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME. This is about us, our country and our civilization, and in what practical and achievable ways we can protect, defend and improve her and her people. I'll close this small update with a little tease: We need all the help we can get. To this end, I have called upon Miss Rachel Lucas -- a voice of clarity and humor long and deeply missed around here -- to be the first of many guest writers here, and she agreed.Oh, this is great, this is so abso-LUTE-ly fantastic! I have missed Rachel's writing since she closed up shop at her blog a couple years back. To see her around again is just the wooHOO of the day. And there have been a couple of wooHOO's today. It's all over but for the paper signings and the
America trivia: * The cover artwork on the album History: America's Greatest Hits was the work of Phil Hartmann, who later became famous as a comedian on Saturday Night Live. Hartmann later dropped an "n" off his last name prior to achieving fame. His brother John was America's manager for many years. After listening to the show last night, I had to go buy the new album today. (I heart ITunes). Three little words for America fans, or anyone who remembers the good old days. Buy. This. Album. Shawn, you and Paul will hate it, but I love it. They sound better on the new music than on the live performances from the XM show last night. Found an interesting interview/review at : Music Review: America - Here and Now @ Blogcritics.org and this is one of two "new favorite songs". I love new music that feels like an old friend.
Love & Leaving Written by Gerry Beckley and Bill Mumy, ©2006 Found on Horizontal Fall and Here & Now. Hey Slim how long's it been Five minutes maybe 10 Can't wait to see you again and again First taste of this romance Hell baby I almost danced Caught myself close to believing But every time is a brand new feeling Lay me down in cool clear water For a moment I've forgot her Still I know where this is leading Win, lose, which we choose Won once and once refused Already burning down the fuse Don't wanna be building walls Cause everything rising falls It's darkness here the light's concealing Love it seems is too revealing Hidden in some secret place Etched in lines around my face The ghosts in here are all competing Over one more song about love and leaving Ummmmm Down, down we all fall down Down, down we all fall down We all fall down, yeah we all fall down Let's toast to new love blooming It's all around and all consuming It's a dream you're bound to follow Til you find it's only hollow I can hear the angels grieving Over one more song about love and leaving Ummmmm
If I use the married name...
But if I use the maiden-once-again-to-be-last?-name....
Yep. One of a kind in more ways than one, lol. Of course, that may be due to the fact that there are probably 12 people in the country with that particular last name!
Yep, I know I've been a little absent (minded) lately. Life gets in the way of blogging. Not to mention the fact that some of the things I've been reading lately in the news have inspired more anger than reaction and thought. What kind of sick [insert your favorite obscenity] would drag a woman tied to a tow rope behind a car? And my newest class opened up two days ago, so I've been going through the syllabus and the assignments. That's the best thing about online classes--you have a clue about the upcoming assignments well in advance. I don't remember that from school days a million years ago. Amazon is getting to be one of my favorite places on the 'net, although APUS supplies my textbooks as part of the cost of the class, so I'm not on Amazon searching for cheap textbooks. I've hardly been on EBay in weeks!! There have been a couple of book deliveries to my house in the last week. :-D First on the list is The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright. I've just paged through it so far, stopping to read a couple of pages here and there though, because the second book arrived the next day. "Looming Tower" is going to be a good read judging by the few pages I've stopped on, but it's going to have to wait a bit. I am deep into The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis. He describes it as an "short, comprehensive and accessible version" of the history of those years-- and that it is. This book is good. It's not only what happened, but why it happened as well. I'm lovin' History!!! I screamed through my first reading in a day, and now I'm going through my slower second reading, highlighter and flags in hand. (Am I the only one who has decided that good books are worth marking up?) Only problem is, my new glasses aren't supposed to be here 'til Friday, and the cheaters are giving me a headache. Can you believe it??? Tri-focals!!!
September 12th should be "tunes day" around here--not only is this a purchase on my list, so also will be the new Carbon Leaf album, samples of which can be heard at the link below. Carbon Leaf played in a nearby town a few weeks back, and I would have loved to have gone to see them--but of course I had to work. Why go see one of your favorite new bands when you can go slave in a paper mill, after all??? :D Carbon Leaf - Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat Give a special listen to this song, which is already available on iTunes. It's a great tune.
Learn To Fly Hello good bye Higher you fly Into the world I awoke this morning with pourin rain in my heart As I fall apart today But you make your way And I'll rise I will rise if in my mind But I can see you fly away I can see the sun upon your face I can feel your heart and I can hear you cry And as I fall apart I learn to fly A dirty bird like me will learn to fly Hello good bye Two birds hover inside of a heart factory holding onto recovery Fly away or repaired and preparing to go on your way And I know I'm on my own but you make your way And everything that I love you for remains High above the clouds and the cleansing rains You make your way And I will rise if in my mind You make your way You make your way But I can see you fly away I can see the sun upon your face I can feel your heart and I can hear you cry A dirty bird like me will learn to fly
Got home from a drive last evening, walked into the living room to find this show on the tooob. So I sat down in my living room for the first time in probably months, even though I'm not usually allowed out there and I rarely ever watch CMT. CMT.com: Shows: Van Morrison: One Night in Nashville His performance of "Until I Gain Control Again" was incredible, with the audience on their feet even before the song ended.
and...as if that wasn't enough to make me smile the rest of the evening, the NEXT show was: CMT Crossroads: Bonnie Raitt/Lyle Lovett The last song was my favorite of Bonnie's, "Angel from Montgomery":
"...I've never gone so wrong for telling lies to you What you see is what I've been There is nothing that I can hide from you You see me better than I ever can Out on the road that lies before me now There are some turns, some turns where I will spin, spin I only hope, only hope that you will hold me now, hold me now Until I gain control again Till I gain control.."
Damn. and if *that* wasn't enough, look who's on tonight!! Shows: Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions Think I'd be pushing my luck if I tried to control the remote two nights in a row? :-))
"..Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry Make me a poster of an old rodeo Just give me one thing that I can hold on to To believe in this living is just a hard way to go When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy He weren't much to look at, just free rambling man But that was a long time and no matter how I try The years just flow by like a broken down dam..."