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Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Goal Falls Short of the Reach

Courtroom 304

THE GOAL - By Leonard Cohen

I can't leave my house
Or answer the phone
I'm going down again
But I'm not alone

Settling at last
Accounts of the soul
This for the trash
That paid in full

As for the fall, it
Began long ago
Can't stop the rain
Can't stop the snow

I sit in my chair
I look at the street
The neighbor returns
My smile of defeat

I move with the leaves
I shine with the chrome
I'm almost alive
I'm almost at home

No one to follow
And nothing to teach
Except that the goal
Falls short of the reach

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Frederick(Fred) Coleman Sears (1866-1949) - Pomologist, Horticulturalist and Photographer

Fred C. Sears immigrated to Canada from the United States to become the Director of the Nova Scotia School of Horticulture located in Wolfville, where he taught 'pomology'  between 1897 and 1904.  He became one of the first professors at the newly formed Agriculture College in Truro, between 1904 and 1907.  After moving back to the United States in 1907, he served as Director and professor at the Massachusetts Agricultural College for many years.  Sears was an accomplished photographer and teacher, skilled in the science of horticulture.  This unique combination of abilities came to the attention of Sir Wilfred Grenfell and in 1928, he began working with rural communities in Newfoundland and Labrador where all of the photos that follow below were taken.  Sears returned to Labrador each summer with Sir Grenfell for several years, taking hundreds of photos in the form of glass "magic lantern slides."  Perhaps his greatest legacy was the stunning visual record he left us, of  a vanishing lifestyle, with people living under the most harsh conditions between the land and sea.  Fred Sears published books on horticulture and scientific articles during his long life.  He died in 1949.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Under the Influence Searching for Robert Frank

"She wasn't doing a
thing that I could see, except
standing there,
leaning on the railing,
holding the
universe together."

J.D. Salinger

~ None of the photos presented in this blog posting are my own and are 'borrowed' from the internet to celebrate this great artist's life work and his passing.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."
Saul Bellow from his Memoir 'To Jerusalem and Back"

"Of course, in an age of madness, to expect to be untouched by madness is a form of madness.  But the pursuit of sanity can be a form of madness too."
Saul Bellow from his Novel 'Henderson the Rain King'

"I am a Becomer.  Now you see your situation is different.  You are a Be-er.  I've just got to stop Becoming."
Saul Bellow from his Novel 'Henderson the Rain King'

Sunday, August 25, 2019

All That Glisters Is Not Gold

"Suppose a warrior, forgetting that he was already wearing his pearl on his forehead, were to seek for it elsewhere, he could travel the whole world without finding it."
Huang Po

"Galileo's drawings of an imperfect Moon directly contradicted Ptolemy’s and Aristotle’s cosmological descriptions of perfect and unchanging heavenly bodies made of quintessence (the fifth element in ancient and medieval philosophy of which the celestial bodies are composed).
Before the publication of Sidereus Nuncius, the Catholic Church accepted the Copernican heliocentric system as strictly mathematical and hypothetical.[17] However, once Galileo began to speak of the Copernican system as fact rather than theory, it introduced “a more chaotic system, a less-than-godly lack of organization.”[18] In fact, the Copernican system that Galileo believed to be real challenged the Scripture, "which referred to the sun ‘rising’ and the earth as ‘unmoving.’"[18]
The conflict between Galileo and the Church ended in 1633 with his being sentenced to a form of house arrest by the Catholic Church.[2]"

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Beautiful Losers

"...We are part of a necklace of incomparable beauty and unmeaning."

Leonard Cohen -  Beautiful Losers

This post is for Rodney and fond remembrances of his black GMC truck (Circa 1950s), freedom's thunder of the BSA, Norton, Triumph motorcycles he drove and first hand memories shared of Woodstock 1969.

"Sounds are there to distinguish the silence.  Not the reverse."

John Fowles