Monthly Archives: February 2010

The View Up The River Today

Taken with my iPhone and the 5.0 Meg MPX app

Todays Journal Entry

The newspaper said the tsunami that hit Hawaii yesterday was the best kind.
It was too small to do damage but large enough to remind people about tsunamis. If a tsunami travels across an ocean at five hundred miles an hour, arrives on your doorstep like a runaway train and leaves no damage in it’s wake, is it really a punami?

Today’s Nature Writing Quote

‘ … a place where nature only suffers in disgrace.
A country so deformed, the traveller
would swear those parts natures Pudenda were:
Like warts and wens, hills on one side swell,
to all but natives inaccessible.’

–Charles Cotton in 1681 describing Derbyshire

Today’s Journal Entry

We read that a fifty light year radius shell of analog tv and radio signals is rippling out from earth to wash over the stars and nebulae. Some scientists worry that, with the change to digital broadcasting, our message in a bottle may never be found by other life forms, that in fact our signal has become noise and there are only fifty light years worth of I Love Lucy reruns beamed out among the stars to tell our story. Not to worry. The other life forms note that Ricky and Lucy Ricardo have already done sufficient “splainin” on our behalf and are pleased to change the channel.

Robert Frost Under Erasure

Stopping here, little horse
The sweep of wind and evening promises

The snow, the village, the farmhouse
the woods, the frozen lake

dark harness bells, an easy wind
and miles to go

Getting Ready For Eternity

I see your height, I feel your weight
And watch you sew, to hew the new.
Laid in my tomb, without a comb,
This awful rouge would I gouge —
In hubris is debris.

Today’s quote

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

Henry David Thoreau