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(When I was 58 …)

[An old draft entry that I just checked for errors and then inadvertently published for the very first time.  58 would make this ca. 2013 or so.  So view it as something ‘historical’.] Salvete, qui legunt – I am 58 … Continue reading

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Contrary Old Nature Consuming Me

Salvete, quicumque legātis – The one thing we know the Universe likes is friction. Collisions, mutations, heat, stress, movement of life, consumption of life by life – it seems to me the broad essential link is movement and conflict, whether … Continue reading

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The Spartan Invocation

A good bit, a particular rendering of the famous Spartan epitaph from Thermopylae:  Go, way-farer, bear news to Sparta’s town That here, their bidding done, we laid us down.  –rendered by Cyril E. Robinson

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Felix est quem ….

Participating in our present age’s revival of Stoicism, I have often had occasion to ask myself: How in the world can I, arguably an abject slave of pleasure and indolence, a rattle-headed, timid, and puerile old do-nothing, how can I … Continue reading

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Emerson – my Introduction

When I wandered into the library the other day and perused the philosophy section (as I am wont to do when I can catch the reduced-hours library still open), I found a book on “Transcendentalism in America”, by Koster. The … Continue reading

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The Musical Clue

A clue. Lenin was seen weeping upon listening to one of Beethoven’s quartets – and yet he was as ruthless and detached a despot as any we’ve seen. A clue – to what? That no man is free of emotion, … Continue reading

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HOWARD AGAIN

Found an inexpensive copy of Conquering Sword of Conan – third book of the tales, as published by Ballantine/Del Rey. Took it up at bed last night, chose to re-read “Black Stranger”. I feel a little clunkiness in the writing, … Continue reading

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