"I'm pleased Don Sterling says he is sorry. However, as anyone who has raised a child will tell you, actually being sorry means accepting the consequences of your actions and working to repair them.
"Michael Vick went to jail and did community service and has worked hard to earn another chance. Jack Abramoff did time and is dedicating himself now to trying to end the culture of lobbying that makes the sort of corruption that he practiced possible, Forgiveness and second chances are earned, not given. It is a cruel and unforgiving world where repentance is not possible, but it is an equally cruel world where forgiveness is too easily granted."
-- Harold Feld, 2014-05-12
"We Canadians live in a blind spot about our identity. We have very strong feelings about who we aren't but only weak ones about who we are. We're passionate about what we don't want to become but oddly passive about what we should be." -- John Cruickshank (in McLean's Magazine)
[To my Canadian friends: happy Victoria Day -- or if you're in Quebec, happy National Patriots' Day!]
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-04-14:
"Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers -- by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever." -- Jim Hellwig, better known as the Ultimate Warrior, on his induction in the WWE Hall of Fame. Hellwig died at age 54 just a few days later.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
Gregorian: 18 May 2014
Julian: 05 May 2014
Hebrew: 18 Iyyar 5774 -- Lag BaOmer (started last night)
Islamic: 18 Rajab 1535
Persian: 28 Ordibehesht 1393
Indian: 28 Vaisakha 1936
"I believe that a taste for brass instruments is hereditary. My father destroyed his domestic peace by immoderate indulgence in the trombone; my uncle played the ophicleide -- very nicely, I must admit -- for years, and then perished at his own hand. Some day I shall buy a trombone myself." -- George Bernard Shaw (b. 1856-07-26, d. 1950-11-02), under the pen name Corno di Bassetto, 1889-03-08; collected in London Music in 1888-89 as Heard by Corno di Bassetto (later known as Bernard Shaw) with Some Further Autobiographical Particulars (1937, Constable & Company Limited, London) [out of copyright; full text available for download in multiple formats at that link]
Somehow my father (b. 1931-11-04, d. 1999-05-17), a former US Air Force trombonist, managed to raise two guitarists (myself and my middle brother) but no horn players. Maybe someday I'll get the hang of brass -- I should get out the euphonium and scare the dog and the cat for a while.
"The miracle of some days back had burst the chrysalis of his soul. Where he thought only winter would forever reign, now bright shoots burst forth. To both humans and Tymrimi, love was considered the greatest power. But there was, indeed, something to be said for irony, as well." -- musings of Tymbrimi ambassador Uthacalthing, in The Uplift War (1987, Bantam Books, New York), by David Brin (b. 1950-10-06)
"Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human spirit -- in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever." -- Chinua Achebe (b. 1930-11-16, d. 2013-03-21), Anthills of the Savannah (1987) [thanks to @Terranen for pointing it out]
"It's one of the great blessings of my very unorthodox childhood that I wasn't ever asked to define myself as any one thing at any point. I was just allowed to be me, growing and changing at every moment." -- iO Tillett Wright, in a December 2012 TEDxWomen talk that is interesting for much more than this quote. (~ 18 minutes)
"We've done this with race, we've done this with religion, and now we're understanding not everybody's the same when it comes to sexuality and identity." -- Kristel Foster, quoted in "No need to fight TUSD's gender-identity policy" by Tim Steller, 2014-05-04
"I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel." -- Florence Nightingale (b. 1820-05-12, d. 1910-08-13)
"Anna had her vision, her mother had another, the florists and the politicians had another." -- Katharine Antolini, historian and board member at the International Mother's Day Shrine in Grafton, West Virginia, referring to the founder of Mother's Day, quoted in "Battling the Mother's Day monster", The Ottowa Citizen, 2008-05-11
"Given that some think trans women were 'born a man,' we should buy extra special gifts for Mother's Day.
"Gave birth to an adult? Impressive
"My mom had a 'Womyn Born Babies' policy on her uterus. No adults."
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-04-09:
"It is a fact that 99 per gent of our 'budding' young trumpeters will never be called upon to double-tongue the Flight of the Bumblebee in public performance. It is much more likely that in the normal course of his employment, the trumpeter will be required to play mostly minims, some crotchets, a few quavers, and only rarely a few semiquavers, with a great number of rests thrown in." -- Delbert A. Dale, from Trumpet Technique.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"You see no narrowing of your freedom in whatever the requirements may be for a politically independent Alpha Crucis region, any more than you see a narrowing of it in laws against murder or robbery. These imperatives accord with your desires. But others may feel otherwise. What is freedom, except having one's particular cage reach further than one cares to fly?" -- Erannath, a Ythrian, in The Day of Their Return by Poul Anderson (1973, Nelson Doubleday, New York)
When I mentioned the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear (from Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert) to someone ...
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
... sie gave me hir personal version that sie finds effective:
This is very unlikely to kill me and later there will be ice cream.
From Giant's Star by James P. Hogan (1981, Del Rey, New York):
After a long, heavy silence, Sobroskin replied, "Russia had a tradition of tyranny through to the early years of this century. Ever since it threw off the yoke of Mongol subjugation in the fifteenth century, it was obsessed with preserving its security to the point that the security of other nations became a threat that could not be tolerated. It expanded its borders by conquest and held on to its acquired territories by oppression, intimidation, and terror. But the new lands in turn had borders, and there was no end to the process. Communism changed nothing. It was merely a banner of convenience for rallying gullible idealists and rationalizing sacrifice. Apart from a few brief months in 1917, Russia was no more Communist than the Church of the Middle Ages was Christian."
"Periodic reminder that the fear of trans women in restrooms is baseless. I have seen zero genitals in restrooms in my life." -- @DrJaneChi, 2013-10-20
I was reminded of this tweet by these two quotes in a recent Equality Maryland press release:
"It is disappointing that anti-transgender activists are still telling Maryland citizens the same myths that fair-minded Maryland legislators have already seen through and rejected by a wide margin. The reality is that the Fairness for All Marylanders Act does not weaken state law on ogling, indecent exposure, or sexual assault in any way. Delegate Parrott's misleading comments about bathrooms would almost be comical if he weren't using these scare tactics to confuse the public and oppose basic civil rights protections in employment, housing, services, and public spaces," said Jer Welter, Managing Attorney of FreeState Legal Project.
"For 15 years, I've witnessed our community denied jobs, thrown out of establishments, refused an apartment and turned down for credit due to discrimination. Those acts are now forbidden with the passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act and 71% of our fellow Marylanders agree, that All Marylanders deserve Fairness. We've had these protections covering nearly half of our state's residents since 2002 without any of the ill effects claimed by those opposed," noted Jenna Fischetti of TransMaryland.
It was a lovely day weather-wise for an outdoor performance yesterday at Bostwick in Bladensburg, though the ground was a little squishy for chairs and I was nervous about jumping around much. Other than getting my guitar tangled in the rafters of the pop-up shade thingie we were under when I went to play behind my head, some wind-versus-music issues, and too much of the audience thinking the whole event didn't start until we were halfway done performing, I think it went pretty well. A small event, just as the organizers had described it, on a pretty day. And I petted a sheep so that Perrine would have something interesting to smell sniffing my hand when I came home.
This coming Sunday (11 May, Mothers Day) we're performing at the 10th annual Green Man Festival in Greenbelt, MD, at 4:00 PM. The festival starts at 11:00 that day and ends around 5:00, so come out much earlier than 4:00 so you can see more of it than just our set. (I think other FB users can invite people to the FB event page for our performance there -- I hope so -- if you want to spread the word that way. There's also an event-page for the festival as a whole.) I may be a little biased here, but in past years the Green Man Festival has struck me as both a good place to bring your kids, and a perfectly nice place to bring your mother for Mothers Day afternoon. :-)
"There are by any estimate several million people who don't have id that passes the requirements. In the last major election there were two unexplained instances of people showing up to vote and not being able to because someone had voted in their name already. Not demonstrated voter fraud, just unexplained instances. Could have been fraud, could have been error. In any case, two. Two votes will not change the outcome. Several million on the other hand...." -- Donna Buckles, 2014-04-30 (comment)
[Is there any way to link directly to a particular comment under a Google+ post?]
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-23:
"Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature; and in such things as these experiment is the best test of such consistency." -- Michael Faraday, reprinted in The Life and Letters of Faraday (1870).
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"This coming Sunday is May the Fourth. Many congregations are unaware that it is a High Holy Sunday, with an ancient liturgy commemorating it as Star Wars Sunday: May the Fourth Be With You.
"I am sure that everyone wants to commemorate it. But I suspect that many congregations are lost in the woods of Endor without a speeder-bike. It is hard to decide how best to use authentic Jedi hymns and have a message that is relevant to the people while being accurate to the Star Wars universe at the same time.
"Just as Star Wars fans discovered this week that the Episode 7 will not follow the established Canon, who among us has not also felt like their story wasn't in sync with reality? That their efforts to promote their story was squashed under the overlords form the Corporate Sector? May we constantly keep in tension our desire to forsake our heritage alongside our cherishing of our traditions and virtues."
-- from "Order of Worship for #StarWars Sunday: May the Fourth Be With You" by Rev. Jeremy Smith (UMJeremy @ Hacking Christianity), 2014-04-29
From Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan (1977, Del Rey Books, New York; ISBN 0-345-30107-2):
Eventually Hunt said: "To think -- a generation ago, all this was just desert." It was more a thought voiced than a statement.
Danchekker did not answer for a long time. When he did, he kept his eyes fixed outside.
"But man dared to dream . . ." he murmured slowly. After a pause he added, "And what man dares to dream today, tomorrow he makes come true."
"The May Queen represents everything to me. She is the symbol of life, Mother Earth, goddess, maiden, fertility, and potential. Even now that I am the May Queen I talk about her as something removed from me. I just have to trust that the moment I walk on the hill, I am her. I wouldn't say it's an out-of-body experience but I won't remember a large proportion of the night." -- Erin Chadwick, quoted in "All Fired Up: The people behind the Beltane Festival", 2012-04-28 via The Wild Hunt
[To all my friends celebrating it today (or recovering from celebrating last night), a blessed Beltane! And to folks celebrating in countries that aren't terrified of having their holidays tainted with even the remotest whiff of communism (*sigh*), happy Labour Day / International Workers' Day!]
Gregorian: 01 May 2014
Julian: 18 April 2014
Hebrew: 01 Iyyar 5774
Islamic: 01 Rajab 1435
Persian: 11 Ordibehesht 1393
Indian: 11 Vaisakha 1936
Just keeping this info fresh in y'all's minds: The Homespun Ceilidh Band, this Sunday, 4 May 2014, at the Bostwick Heritage Festival in Bladensburg, MD. Noon to five; free admission, War of 1812 theme, described as a smallish event. 1800s Style Children's Games & Activities. Period trade/craft demos. Craft vendors, farm animals, history. And us! It looks like we're playing at 12:30 (and 1:30?) so come early.
"Intellectuals at work are very strange to look at. As strange as artists. I never could understand how an audience can sit there and look at a fiddler rolling his eyes and biting his tongue, or a horn player collecting spit, or a pianist like a black cat strapped to an electrified bench, as if what they saw had anything to do with the music." -- narrator of "The New Atlantis" by Ursula K. Le Guin, 1975
"Another inequality I observe concerns the security types which I have been unable to circumvent. Now this has been a source of curiosity to me since I first arrived at the plant, since it doesn't take an accountin' whiz to figure out that if the plant is payin' the security types what they're worth, their cost should be substantially more than would seem economocally wise. I chance across the answer one time when I happen to eavesdrop on a couple of off-duty lunchin' security types who are gripin' about their jobs. It seems that they are underpaid as much as us workin' types, despite the fact that they are safeguardin' stuff worth millions! While this is doubtlessly unfair, I do not include it in my notes because I have found that it is not only not unusual, but is actually customary for plants or societies to underpay their guardian types. I suppose that as bonkers as it seems, this is in actuality the way things should be. If guardian types made a decent wage, then criminal types like me would go into that line of work as it has better hours and better retirement venefits than the career path I am currently pursuin', and if there was no crime there would be no need for guardian types and we would all end up unemployed. Viewin' it that way, the status quo is probably for the best." -- Guido, in M.Y.T.H., Inc. Link by Robert L. Asprin (1986, The Donning Company, Norfolk, VA; ISBN 0-441-55277-3)
"How many stories do we have to read of politicians who revere the Bible falling into wickedness and vice before we do something? It seems like holding high political office is too much for our brothers in Christ.
"Much as our young women should dress modestly in order to keep their men from being tempted by lust, we should strive to defend conservative family values by voting godly men out of office. Their families will thank us."
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-22:
"I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency [National Security Agency] and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return." -- Frank Church, U.S. Senator, 1975.
(submitted to the mailing list by Patsy Wang-Iverson)
"I like how people think I can reognize them by their furry little meat-pets." -- Sheepie, on user-icons/avatars/etc.
I'm way, way behind on all social media. I've peeked at Facebook and Twitter a few times, and started reading my Dreamwidth reading page a couple of times, but I keep getting interrupted before I get very far and not getting back to it again for days. So I'm sure I've missed lots of news from lots of folks. Declaring pants bankrupt.
Mom came home from inpatient physical therapy rehab a week ago ... and promptly developed yet another UTI. But my sister ordered some home UTI test strips, so we didn't have to wait until she fell again or her next appointment to find out, this time. So she's moving slowly and thinking slowly this week (which in turn makes things much more stressful for me), but a course of antibiotics has been started. And there's been a smidgen of progress on the five-months-and-counting "get Mom seen by a urologist" project. So there's that.
We need more help here than just me. Mom needs more help. We've spoken to one outfit, but still need to work out how to pay for it. We know about one program for financial assistance so far (because Dad was in the USAF).
In the meantime, I've been exhibiting my usual lack of ability to gauge my spoons reserve -- doing too much one day (because my to-do list is scary-huge and stuff needs to get done) and then being a wreck for the next two. Monday I had to get blood drawn, and ran a few errands while I was out. Sheepie reminded me to stop after each errand to judge how tired I was getting. I felt pretty good until forty minutes after I got home and stopped doing stuff, and then my body said, "nope, nope, that was too much, falling apart now." Makes it hard to stop in time when the too-much signal has that much lag. Today I'm taking Mom to appointments this afternoon (composing this on her phone in the podiatrist's waiting room) and going to HCB rehearsal tonight -- despite yesterday not having been quite enough recovery time from Monday -- and then I have my own appointment tomorrow to see my doctor. So hoping Mom does well enough that I can get enough rest tomorrow night and all of Friday, to be in decent shape for our concert on Saturday. (Details in a previous DW entry.)
In a similar vein, I finally found out when my cousin's wedding is (in New York): the day before our gig at the Green Man festival (see same previous DW post), which might be doable if I'm not the one driving to NY and back, but is still going to be a strain. There's a lot going on (considering the downtime I need between activities, my calendar is as scary as my to-do list). Time is broken.
So: hanging in there, too much to do and too few spoons / too little time. Worried about Mom-care and money (hers) to pay for help. Trying to make sure I'm well enough for upcoming gigs. And hopelessly behind / out of touch. Wish me luck.
 If unfamiliar with the phrase, Google "bankrupt my pants".
 "Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once."
From Millennium by Ben Bova (1976, Random House, New York):
"Oh, Alex, we've got to save him! We can't let a man like that die because of red tape."
Landau shook his head wearily, "Red tape has killed more people that bullets, dear girl. Far more."
"Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life." -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), preface to The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt (1961)
[Χριστος Ανεστη! Happy Easter to everyone of my Faith -- Christ is risen! (For folks who are cuious but don't keep track: it's Easter in both calendars today; Western and Othodox Easter coincide this yea.)]
"If your salvation was dependent on your ability to read and understand scripture, Jesus would have been an author." -- Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
"Rather than thinking of it as 'cleaning my apartment', I like to think about it as "ferocious battle against entropy." -- Emily Finke (@seelix), 2014-04-14
"Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else." -- Mitch Albom
[Or maybe to everyone else? (Thinking of the holiday my faith observes today.)]
Relatedly: "White shooter = mentally ill. Black shooter = criminal. Muslim shooter = terrorist. It's in the AP style book, I think." -- @billmon1, 2014-04-13
"Speaking purely as a developer, I handle requests to
add a 'gender' field the way I treat requests to add a 'race'
When anyone complains I'm being PC, I'll tell 'em that I'm too busy to add another 'if' statement, don't take it personally." -- Reginald Braithwaite, 2014-04-13, two tweets -- clicking either should make both visible if you scroll up or down far enough. (Thanks to @tjathurman for retweeting this where I'd see it.)
Latest addition to our HCB, that is) performance calendar: We're playing at the Bostwick Heritage Festival in Bladensburg, Maryland, 4 May (the web site says 1PM - 4PM but the email the band got says noon to 5PM, and we'll be playing in the earlier part of that). Free admission. This looks like a smallish event, with period craft/trade demos, tours of Bostwick House, craft vendors, etc. Come on out for the afternoon and get a bit more War of 1812 history.
A reminder about the other gigs coming up fairly soon:
The second day of the Green Man Festival, also in Greenbelt, Maryland, Sunday, 11 May (Mothers Day) at 4 PM. (That's close to the end of the festival, so get there a lot earlier than that to check out the rest of it.)
From "Spring Cleaning Ritual on the Eve of the Full Moon Nisan" by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb:
"On the eve of the full moon
we search our houses
by the light of a candle
for the last trace of winter
for the last crumbs grown stale inside us
for the last darkness still in our hearts."
(quote found by way of Velveteen Rabbi, 2014-04-13)
To all of my friends who are celebrating the week of Passover starting tonight, a joyous festival to you!
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-17:
"We can't live in a state of perpetual doubt, so we make up the best story possible and we live as if the story were true." -- Daniel Kahneman, psychologist.
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)
[I think this quotation makes him sound like a phenomenologist, but judging from the laziest of Google searches, that doesn't seem to be the school he associates himself with.]
"The apostrophe is the most powerful punctuation mark in grammar. It is far more muscular than the exclamation point, which has become so diluted by overuse in digital platforms that people feel compelled to use it in triplicate, if not greater multiples, to give it heft. The quotation mark needs a partner. The period is a lonesome little dot at ground level, a loose penny on a sidewalk. The semi-colon suffers from a confused personality and keeps showing up in the wrong places. But the apostrophe is elegant and kingly. It uses its graceful, airborne curve to define unquestioned ownership. It anoints possession." -- Tom Verduci, 2014-04-08 (thanks to aliza250 for bringing it to my attention)
"[...] as a Hearer, he is fascinated by their chaotic, extraordinary individuality. Nowhere does he find the communal engrams, the shared world-views like those any Tyrenni Father transmits to his young. These beings seem to have had no Fathering; even these mind-experimenters have no real communication. Each is utterly alone. They are aliens to each other." -- from Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr. (1978, Berkley Publishing Corp.; ISBN: 0-399-12083-1) -- Giadoc, a Tyrenni, comparing the humans he has just met to his own race.
"In the thesaurus, the antonym of honesty is lying, and the opposite of arguing is agreeing. But in the minds of teenagers, that's not how it works. Really, to an adolescent, arguing is the opposite of lying." -- from "Learning to Lie", by Po Bronson, New York magazine, 2008-02-10 (quoted passage appears on the fourth of five pages in the web version of the article)
"it's actually kind of funny(?) that emoji has done more for correct unicode support than, say, the existence of non-americans" -- @eevee, 2014-04-06
"There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-14:
"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." -- Naguib Mahfouz, writer and Nobel laureate.
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)
Playing piano is like politics [...]. The secret is not letting your left hand kniw what your right hand is doing." -- Col. Chet Kinsman, CO of Moonbase, in Millennium by Ben Bova (1976, Random House, New York)
"Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli." ("Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.") -- Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams, Volume III, Books 11-14. (via goodreads)
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