WHEN in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary….
Pre-Spring Cleaning at Wadsworth’s Shop
byVanderleunonMarch 16, 2021
“How can we recognize a little sooner when something from our past might really help us again someday or if it’s already done its work? If it’s already outlived its usefulness and just needs to be forgotten? Worse yet how do we recognize when it’s holding us back or wasting our energy or maybe even — you know — displacing better things; thwarting our happiness?”
“Another thing that I always procrastinate is making a big change in my work environment or routine — even though I know it’s going to be a good thing. It’s crazy but my reaction — once I finally carve out the time to do it — is always the same, ‘Why oh why didn’t I do this years ago?’ That thought is usually accompanied by a curious low-level regret.
I wonder if I’m ever really going to learn this lesson.”
You have to keep downsizing. My mother kept downsizing until her 104th year. Never caught up with it.
The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in,
And thought of doing something to the shore
That water never did to land before.
The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God’s last Put out the light was spoken.
April is over. May moon.
How many more for my regard,
hundreds, a handful?
Better not trouble the dark water due north of north.
Better to concentrate on something close, something small.
This stick, for instance. This word.
ARTIST: CASEY KLAHN
Song of Myself
I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their
parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.
— Walt Whitman
“From a student radical/hippie/leftist of the Free Speech Movement/Vietnam Day Commitee era and a full-on Democratic Liberal in the decades after, I think I’ve evolved a politics that is neither right nor left but is, in its elemental nature, draconian. In the last 20 years, I’ve taken apart my beliefs with a sledgehammer. Now I’ve got to put the surviving parts back together with tweezers and other ‘shabby equipment, always deteriorating’.”
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