Archive for February, 2011

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or, being […]

My Dad Died

My dad died awhile back, on Wednesday, 19 January 2011. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in the latter half of 2010, had a lung removed, and then developed an untreatable infection. Don’t smoke, people. The Past Here’s the thing: shame though it may be, for me, my dad died one summer afternoon about 17 […]

Flag Days – Caring for my Great-Grandfather Barnard’s Flag

A few years ago I received the flag that was placed on my Great-Grandfather Barnard’s casket when he died. He fought in World War I and was a POW, twice. The flag hadn’t been properly cared for, stuffed into an old cardboard box that was too small to hold it, along with a sheet of […]

Imbolc

Yesterday he was given a mound of slow-release tranquilizers, grease-drizzled. Today, still stupefied, he will be made to prognosticate. Not that it matters; his shadow or lack of shadow; six weeks of winter either way. All the rodent knows is that it is too damn early and too damn cold to get the hell up.

Amor fati

My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it—all idealism is mendaciousness in the face of what is necessary—but love it. Ecce Homo – Friedrich Nietzsche