A Summer Ague

Paul Johnson in one of his books says summer wasn’t always regarded as the long, joyous FESTIVAL!  it is now.  It was a time of scarcity, after the last of the previous harvest had been consumed and the new one wasn’t in yet.  And it was a time of illness.  Mysterious fevers like the “sweating sickness” that killed all of Thomas Cromwell’s family within a day or so.

I just experienced one.  On Wednesday we went clay pigeon shooting, as is our wont.  I ate a good steak dinner with hearty appetite.  Then..I felt chilled, although it wasn’t a cool evening.  I did my chores at home and got into bed before 9!... [Read More]

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Cool!

Trump wants the US to buy Greenland!  I looove that!   We’re in Seward’s Folly, Louisiana Purchase , territory.    What if those deals hadn’t transpired?

This shows vision,  focus on the future.  Oh I hear Denmark is being coy, but:  the tremendous confidence, the unshaken faith in our country’s. expansionist future , demonstrated by even broaching this acquisition —Trump is one in a million, we’re so lucky to have him.

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Bloom Where You’re Planted!

(Written for a friend 😉)

The saying has a folksy,  feisty vibe, some might say a particularly American vibe, so, if we could get it to catch on, the Left of course would deplore  it.    Yet the first time I ever heard it was (wait for it!) on NPR, maybe ten years ago.  The interviewee was pointing out the pretty much inarguable fact the the solution to the problems of everybody in the world cannot be to come here; people will have to bloom where they’re planted. Even back then, the interviewer didn’t like it, but the best she could muster was a noncommittal grunt.... [Read More]

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Gas Who?

In a lively IRL conversation with a brilliant Ratty  (hi Phil!) and my equally brilliant husband, we agreed that,  if we got rid of farting cows à la Green New Deal,  and all Earthlings started eating vegan, our human collective gaseous eruptions  would be voluminous,  and probably  exceed any negative effects of bovine emanations.  Food for thought…..

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Oh Ruby…..

I’m getting this overpowering déjà vu  ever since Epstein’s  death was reported.

In 1963 I was a kid, still very much a totally self-centered innocent, barely aware of any events at all from the big grownup world—when it suddenly intruded on my consciousness with a BANG💥.  Of gunfire.  In fact, two such bursts in quick succession: JFK’s assassination, followed very shortly by Jack Ruby’s assassination of Lee Harvey  Oswald :  surely at that time “the most hated man in America.”... [Read More]

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That World

Note: this post is about the pleasure of looking through clothing catalogs.  Ratty gentlemen, I’ll be curious to know,( if any of you read any farther) whether you can describe any comparable reveries.

In certain catalogs, it is , as Zelda famously said about her memories of Paris, “always either teatime or late at night”.  (Well, very occasionally early morning,  so the model can be shown emerging from artfully disarrayed sateen sheets in a lacy negligée) .  But in general the clothes are displayed against a slightly shadowed, late afternoon interior, gleaming floors, meubles  luisants, or on the stone steps of a patio, so cool looking…the beautiful model (not too young,)  always has a glass of white wine in her hand, she’s looking expectantly yet dreamily toward other guests, out-Of frame ( at least,  I assume she didn’t get so beautifully dressed to dine by herself. ) Those  others, we just know, have turned to watch her entrance; for just a moment they’ll be so dazzled they won’t speak…..she’s perfect, it’s all  perfect.  I’d go into that world, slipping through the crease in the fold of the pages, if I could.... [Read More]

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The Semitization Of White America

The Left is anti-Semitic, always has been.  And now, in our country— witness Omar, Tlaib— it is openly so, under the guise of merely “examining” the alliance between the US and the only democracy in the Middle East.  The Dem controlled House, asked to pass a “resolution” (that most anodyne of legislative  activities) condemning anti-Semitism, ends up with the Hallmark card  sentiment that hate in general is….not very nice.

Look at the names of the people singled out for prosecution (and persecution, and general obloquy).  If they are indeed bad actors who deserve their fate, it is still true that they are plucked out from a host of similarly situated  persons.... [Read More]

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Third Time’s A Charm: One More Evening Poem

A friend brought to my mind some lines by Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), so I summoned before me Roethke’s  complete collected poems.

(Incredible, to have that power!  We can get any text we want, instantly, any hour of the day or night.  A wakeful emperor in centuries past would have had to wait longer, rousing some sleepy monk to scurry along the gilded façades of  the tenebrous  library balancing a guttering candle…..)... [Read More]

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The Wonderful Nighttime

“At the fork of a road in the vale of Vavode/ Five footweary  salesmen have laid down their load./All day they’ve rushed ‘round in the heat,  at top  speeds/Unsuccessfully trying to sell zizzerzoof seeds/ Which nobody wants because nobody needs.

Tomorrow  will come. They’ll go back to their chore./ They’ll go back on the road, zizzerzoofing once more./ But tonight, they’ve forgotten their feet are so sore,... [Read More]

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Background Checks: How Deep Is The “Background”?

Yeah, so here’s what’s bothering me.  If someone has not yet done anything, but has mused about it, has written murderous intentions on his high school bathroom wall, has posted ‘em on Facebook, openly fantasized about the demise of his perceived enemies—

shoukd that person be prevented from ever buying a gun?... [Read More]

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Dare We Say It?

…..that,  of course, we deplore  the violence in El Paso!  But, those who stoke hatred and violence against  white Americans  , who constantly harangue and disparage Them, characterize  all males of their ethnicity  as a threat, a murderer waiting to be activated, whose stated goal is to take the country away from Them, it is they, those hate-filled bigots, who actually pulled the trigger.

And in the aftermath, our main concern, the task of our lawmakers, should be preventing a “backlash”against the shooter’s ethnic group and gender,   deploring “Caucasophobia”: “ They’re not all like that!”... [Read More]

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What It Is, What It Isn’t

…human love, I mean.  (And in this post and in the poem I’m going to share, human love,  not divine, love, transcendent as that may be, is at issue.)

This is Edna St Vincent Millay’s Sonnet XXX ( no, I know! Too funny!)  about how love isn’t everything, it’s the only  thing.  If you’re familiar with her life you know she lived for love, with emphasis on the romantic adventure, but a healthy balance of friendship, family and marital love. (An exchange on my earlier post prompted this.)... [Read More]

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