Peace out Emerald Coast...and all the ships at sea.
"Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothing to plunder; I'm an over-forty victim of fate; arriving too late, arriving too late...But I got stop wishing, got to go fishing, down to rock bottom again. Just a few friends, just a few friends."
--Jimmy Buffet, A Pirate Looks at 40
"Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?"
--Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
Astronaut training, Gulf of Mexico.
"I see great things in baseball. It's our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us." --Walt Whitman
As a parent, I've probably seen the Lion King two dozen times (many of them sober). But when your daughter plays Simba and your other daughter is a hyena, somehow the song Circle of Life has more meaning.
"That night I had a dream. I dreamt I was as light as the ether--a floating spirit visiting things to come. The shades and shadows of the people in my life rassled their way their way into my slumber....And it seemed real. It seemed like our home. If not Arizona, then a land not too far away. Where all parents are strong and wise and capable and all children are happy and beloved. Maybe it was Utah."
--H.I. McDunnough, Raising Arizona
Peace out Maricopa County
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
--Charles Darwin #marchforscience
"Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history--we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history."
--Rev. Clementa Pinckney
(photo: Waterfront Park, Charleston S.C.)
"People have criticized me for seeming to step out of my professional role as a doctor to become undignifiedly political. I'd say it was belated realization that daycare, good schools, health insurance, and nuclear disarmament are even more important aspects of pediatrics than measles vaccine or vitamin D."
—Dr. Benjamin Spock
“When the spent sun throws up its rays on cloud, and goes down burning into the city below,
No voice in nature is heard to cry aloud
At what has happened.
"You forget everything. The hours slip by. You travel in your chair through centuries you seem to see before you, your thoughts are caught up in the story, dallying with the details or following the course of the plot, you enter into characters, so that it seems as if it were your own heart beating beneath their costumes."
--Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Let us arrange
these lovely orchids in the bowl
since there's no rice
― Matsuo Basho
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
--Martin Luther King
What happened to: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall"? Talk about your mixed messages... #sheesh
"As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls, birds, and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens and get as near the heart of the world as I can. --John Muir
I'm starting to see why the neighbors left up the Halloween stuff. At least I think it's Halloween stuff.
"I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news."
"And [she] sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of [her] very own room.” —Maurice Sendak
Parkersburg West Virginia Half Marathon. My new buddy at mile 7.
Land shark spotted out of side mirror, I-81 North. A really big one.