Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Hello, there. Goodbye.



https://youtu.be/l0EiV423j0M
“When I get to heaven, I'm gonna shake God’s hand,
Thank him for more blessings than one man can stand.
 
“Then I’m gonna get a guitar and start a rock-n-roll band,
Check into a swell hotel; ain’t the afterlife grand?

“And then I’m gonna get a cocktail: vodka and ginger ale.
Yeah, I’m gonna smoke a cigarette that’s nine miles long.
I’m gonna kiss that pretty girl on the tilt-a-whirl, 
’Cause this old man is goin’ to town.”
 
—John Prine (1946-2020), songwriter, “When I Get to Heaven,” 2013.



Editorial Comment: Heaven’s toe-tappin’ and laughin’ now, John. 


Hello in There (1971) always makes me teary, performed in NYC in 2001. Video here. 
Rolling Stone obit: John Prine, one of America’s greatest songwriters, succumbs to complications of coronavirus at 73.

  


Express Flight
















  
  
    
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Still Weeping


“With every mistake
we must surely be learning.
Still my guitar gently weeps.”

—George Harrison (1943-2001) Beatles lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, 1968.










Editorial Comment: Or sobs.


  


Paddlers









  
  
    
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Monday, April 6, 2020

Too Hard


“Writing is so hard. Why would you be a writer if you weren’t really good at it? If you could be anything else, why would you be a writer?” . . . 

“For instance, I can’t carry a tune. What if I decided to be an opera singer? I could take singing lessons from the greatest opera singer in the world. I could hear every opera. I could learn seventeen languages. I still would be a bad singer. That is something you’re born with. I couldn’t make myself into a good opera singer. I couldn’t even make myself into a bad opera singer.” 

 —Fran Lebowitz, writer, “A Humorist at Work,” The Paris Review, 1993.



Editorial Comment: Tried yodeling?


  


1950 Crosley


















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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Siren Cell


“I have seen the best minds of my generation
clunking into buildings and strolling into traffic
wandering the streets looking for an angry fix —
more likes, more followers, better-looking faces on the dating apps.
Called away. I am always called away:
whatever is not in my presence
more filled with hope and promise
than what is in my presence.
Guilty, I have lain with my beloved
unable to resist the beep and brrring
the breaking news, the time and temperature.”

—Lynn Levin, poet, from “Song of My Cell Phone,” The American Journal of Poetry, 2020


Editorial Comment: Tag me on FB, willya, so I can ‘like’ that?




Dissonance — How to reconcile this with the ambient sense of dread of the coronavirus? Be well, friends.


    
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Sociologist Sex Crime


Ha! That got your attention, dint it?


“If a newspaper prints a sex crime, it is smut: but when the New York Times prints it, it is a sociological study.”



—Adolph S. Ochs (1858-1935), former NYTimes owner and publisher, in J. Peter (ed.) Quotations for Our Time, 1977.

















Editorial Comment: We have our standards.


  

Social distancing










  


    
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Universal Truth


“You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.” 
 
—Will Rogers (1879-1935), actor, humorist and social commentator, 1924.








Editorial Comment: Some have several.


  


http://www.humsenior.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SeniorNews-April-2020-final-for-web.pdf
















    
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Stay-at-Home Order



“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

—Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, 1926













Editorial Comment: Takes practice.


  


Solitude







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Monday, March 30, 2020

Typo

 
“My qualifications for the job rested mainly on my ability to ferret out spelling and grammatical mistakes in texts. I found that I was a natural, spotting typos with an idiot-savant-esque regularity. I hadn’t had this kind of chance to show off my geeky prowess since winning consecutive junior-high spelling bees.”

—Jeff Deck, grammarian-savant and author of “The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time,” 2010.
 

Editorial Comment: Edditors rule!

 

From the mouths of hounds . . .

















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