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Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930)

“I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one’s weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can’t all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something.”
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"Medicine used to be simple, ineffective, and relatively it is complex, effective, and potentially dangerous."

(Sir Cyril Chantler)
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Faith Baldwin's "Evening Star", published in 1964.

I've never heard of her--have you? Came upon her book by chance, in the Little Free Library, but apparently, the author had written more than sixty novels, two volumes of poetry, five books of juvenile literature, and six inspirational books.

This is one of the inspirational ones, an almanac book. Makes for quite pleasant reading, author's reflections on each month, and general ruminations; one has the impression of taking tea with a talkative elderly aunt, who unhurriedly chats on all sorts of topics.

Here's an excerpt from March:
"...In my lifetime I have seen many changes, some which appear to me to be good and some which do not. We can certainly accept the good and try to further it, each in his own way; and, with whatever weapons we possess, we can also fight the evils. It is not sufficient to deplore, fear, and rail against them.
Nostalgia is charming if it does not become a way of life. Too many of us, through memory and wishful thinking, try to escape into what we consider the good old days. It cannot be done, any more than we can return physically to houses in which we once lived happily, but which are now razed to the ground.
As a matter of sober fact, the past was never smooth sailing. We tend to remember the quiet waters and to forget the rough.
No era is without its inequities, its slow, or sudden changes, and every generation has known the fear, and anger, and bewilderment.

From time immemorial, people have complained that the seasons do not adhere to identical patterns, but indulge in variations.

That time I went away not because I wanted a change, but in order to escape from myself, which, of course, I found I couldn't do; I had to travel with me!"
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"The meaning of life is to find your gift.

The purpose of life is to give it away."

(Pablo Picasso)

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("My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require." ~Edward Elgar)

On this day 23 February 1934 Edward Elgar, English composer, died. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations and the Pomp and Circumstance Marches.

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet OM GCVO, was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.

Although Elgar is often regarded as a typically English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. He felt himself to be an outsider, not only musically, but socially. In musical circles dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer; in Protestant Britain, his Roman Catholicism was regarded with suspicion in some quarters; and in the class-conscious society of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, he was acutely sensitive about his humble origins even after he achieved recognition. He nevertheless married the daughter of a senior British army officer. She inspired him both musically and socially, but he struggled to achieve success until his forties, when after a series of moderately successful works his Enigma Variations (1899) became immediately popular in Britain and overseas. He followed the Variations with a choral work, The Dream of Gerontius (1900), based on a Roman Catholic text that caused some disquiet in the Anglican establishment in Britain, but it became, and has remained, a core repertory work in Britain and elsewhere. His later full-length religious choral works were well received but have not entered the regular repertory.

In his fifties, Elgar composed a symphony and a violin concerto that were immensely successful. His second symphony and his cello concerto did not gain immediate public popularity and took many years to achieve a regular place in the concert repertory of British orchestras. Elgar's music came, in his later years, to be seen as appealing chiefly to British audiences. His stock remained low for a generation after his death. It began to revive significantly in the 1960s, helped by new recordings of his works. Some of his works have, in recent years, been taken up again internationally, but the music continues to be played more in Britain than elsewhere.

Elgar has been described as the first composer to take the gramophone seriously. Between 1914 and 1925, he conducted a series of acoustic recordings of his works. The introduction of the microphone in 1925 made far more accurate sound reproduction possible, and Elgar made new recordings of most of his major orchestral works and excerpts from The Dream of Gerontius.

Pomp and Circumstance:

(from HistoryUK FB pg)

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"Apparently I've been shopping in all the wrong places for drugs, and all the right places for candy."

@RoyKesey tweeting after President Trump said during his Thursday news condference that our country is "drug-infested," and that "drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars."

His statement led some, such as Twitter user @anchorlines, to ask, "How much does Trump think a candy bar costs?"

(The Washington Post Express, 2/17/2017)

What if Caesar, Churchill and Custer could have tweeted like Trump?

(The Washington Post, 2/17/2017)

A small excerpt below, do take a look at the article for the complete set, in chronological order:

Pharaoh, 1446 B.C.:

“Israelites had to come up with story as to why they were enslaved so long and so badly (400 years) so they made up a story — GOD. Fake news!”

Priam, king of Troy, 1200 B.C.:

“Cassandra says the horse shouldn’t come in the city gates. She’s been losing so long she doesn’t know how to win. Not me!”

Julius Caesar, 44 B.C.:

“Do you believe it? Wife had bad dream, says I can’t go to Senate because I will be murdered. Ridiculous and will be overturned!”

Napoleon, 1812:

“My so-called advisers warning of famine, dysentery, typhus if I invade Russia. Lies! Only emboldens the enemy!”
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For your amusement:

19 husbands who need it all spelled out

15 parents who have a perfect sense of humor (don't know about perfect, but some of them are quite funny)

Art and society:

Prepare to be amazed by these incredibly realistic sculptures

Beyond Objectification:
Norman Rockwell’s Depictions of Women for the Saturday Evening Post

No place for self-pity, no room for fear, by Toni Morrison, written in 2004, but just as relevant today, or at any other time:

"...None of this bodes well for the future. Still, I remember the shout of my friend that day after Christmas: No! This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge—even wisdom. Like art."

Mental health:

An artist's depiction of what it's like to live with mental illness--the most striking one I've seen

Statistics: prevalence of mental illness among U.S. adults (17.9%, in other words, just slightly less than 1 in 5)
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"I can't say when you'll get love or how you'll find it or even promise you that you will. I can only say you are worthy of it & that it's never too much to ask for it and that it's not crazy to fear you'll never have it again, even though your fears are probably wrong.

Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It's the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive.

Love is worthy of all the hullabaloo."

(Cheryl Strayed)
med_cat: (woman reading)
Geoffrey Chaucer hath a blog!

And Donaeld the Unready hath a Twitter account!

Check these out, do :)

Also, I love the name of the Twitter account; it reminded me of this...

"I suppose your ancestors often entertained royalty at Manderley, Mr. de Winter?"
"Not since Ethelred," he said, "the one who was called Unready. In fact, it was while staying with my family that the name was given him. He was invariably late for dinner."

Many thanks to [ profile] supergee for the links.
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"...Then Mr. M’Choakumchild said he would try me again.  And he said, This schoolroom is an immense town, and in it there are a million of inhabitants, and only five-and-twenty are starved to death in the streets, in the course of a year.  What is your remark on that proportion?  And my remark was—for I couldn’t think of a better one—that I thought it must be just as hard upon those who were starved, whether the others were a million, or a million million.  And that was wrong, too.’

‘Of course it was.’

‘Then Mr. M’Choakumchild said he would try me once more.  And he said, Here are the stutterings—’

‘Statistics,’ said Louisa.

‘Yes, Miss Louisa—they always remind me of stutterings, and that’s another of my mistakes—of accidents upon the sea.  And I find (Mr. M’Choakumchild said) that in a given time a hundred thousand persons went to sea on long voyages, and only five hundred of them were drowned or burnt to death.  What is the percentage?  And I said, Miss;’ here Sissy fairly sobbed as confessing with extreme contrition to her greatest error; ‘I said it was nothing.’

‘Nothing, Sissy?’

‘Nothing, Miss—to the relations and friends of the people who were killed. [...]"

(Charles Dickens, "Hard Times")
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"Fiction is the lie through which we see the truth." (Albert Camus)
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While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness in not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful.

H. G. Wells
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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

(Martin Luther King Jr., in the "Letter from Birmingham Jail")
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"Not everything is supposed to become something beauitiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you how to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and share your memories. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they've given us."  ~Ally Donaldson
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("Life has a way of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once." ~Paulo Coelho)
med_cat: (cat and books)
"There were some Republican leaders, feeling very blue indeed,
That their party, after hard fighting, had the ill luck to succeed..."

Three guesses as to the source and timeframe...:P
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"Remember: an eye for an eye just makes the international eyepatch industry wealthy."

med_cat: (Ad astra)
7 small things you can do right now to feel better after the 2016 election results

When Trump takes office in 70 days, the risk begins. Here's how you can take control now.

Trump cartoon with a quote from H.L. Mencken
(thanks to [ profile] lindahoyland for this one)

("As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron." H.L. Mencken, "The Baltimore Evening Sun", July 26, 1920)

A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support

(gotta love the URL ;))

101 ways to take care of yourself when the world feels overwhelming

(I don't agree with every one of these, but some are good, and--YMMV :))

Read the touching letter a principal wrote to his students after the election.

Women Record Several 'Firsts' With Wins In U.S. Senate, Elsewhere

First Female Deaf President at Gallaudet University Says Her Job Is To Listen
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From "Letters of Note" FB pg:

Leonard Cohen's recent letter to his dying muse, Marianne Ihlen, takes on a new poignancy with the sad news of his death.

same in text format: )

(thanks to [ profile] avmalgin for the video link!)


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