Levin had been married three months. He was happy, but in quite a different way from what he had expected. At every step he met disillusionments in his old fancies and new and unexpected enchantments. He was happy, but having embarked on family life he saw at every step that it was not at all what he had anticipated. At every step he took he felt as a man would feel who, after admiring the smooth happy motion of a little boat upon the water, had himself got into the boat. He found that besides sitting quietly without rocking he had to keep a lookout, not for a moment forget where he was going, or that there was water under his feet, and that he had to row, although it hurt his unaccustomed hands; in short, that it only looked easy, but to do it, though very delightful, was very difficult.See what I mean?
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Among the hundreds of books I would like to read, was Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina." I'm over half-way through reading it and am enjoying it immensely. Reacquainting with Tolstoy is a real treat. One of the things I enjoy the most are his one-paragraph analogies, which are so ingeniously crafted that you can't help but be charmed by them. Here is the paragraph that opens Chapter 14:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
When I was in my very early twenties, my friend Michael Lally turned me on to Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. I've loved their work ever since. Every once in a while I get the itch to hear them and today was such a time. Only this time, I wanted to see them as well as hear them so I poked around on YouTube to find them in a live performance. I came across this gem. It's over 8 minutes long, but worth every breath. In listening and watching I realized how under-appreciated Dave Lambert was. Jon Hendricks is so charismatic and technically awesome that Dave often got overshadowed. This recording shows you that Dave had some serious chops. The tune: "Airegin" by Sonny Rollins -- by the way that's "Nigeria" spelled backwards. As you may know, Dave was tragically killed in a "traffic incident" in October of 1966. There are varying accounts, as summarized in the following from Wikipedia:
Accounts of Dave Lambert's death vary slightly in details. It is established that he was on the Connecticut Turnpike and that a flat tire was involved and that he was struck by a tractor-trailer truck driven by Floyd H. Demby in the wee hours of October 3, 1966. The disabled vehicle was not fully off the roadway and its lights were turned off.Enjoy and think of Dave. By the way, Jon and Annie are still with us, Jon being 92 years old.
Some accounts mention that Richard Hillman was killed in the same incident. Newspaper stories differ about whose vehicle was disabled. Jet Magazine's account says it was a panel truck owned by Lambert. Jon Hendricks' telling of the story says that Lambert was a compulsive do-gooder and that he had stopped to assist another motorist. The newspaper followup stories say that Demby was not at fault and that the Lambert and Hillman were in the roadway when they were struck.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
“Every little thing is sent for something, and in that thing there should be happiness and the power to make happy. Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus we should do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.”
Black Elk, an Oglala Lakota medicine man.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
In these days of high-speed, high definition Internet, we tend to grow blasé about much of the content we can receive at our whim. The dictionary defines "blasé" thusly: "apathetic to pleasure or excitement as a result of excessive indulgence or enjoyment." In my case this phenomenon occurs a lot when viewing photographs - there are so many, and so many are dang awesome. However, rarely have I seen a grouping of photographs as breathtaking as these photographs are. I dare you to be blasé about these photographs.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I guess I am not the only one who has been blown away by the Pentatonix "Daft Punk" video. [See my previous post] According to YouTube statistics, it was released on YouTube 5 days ago and since then has received 10,628,093 views as of 5:11 pm pacific standard time.
That's what I call going viral!
That's what I call going viral!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Oh man, you all have to check out this video of Pentatonix covering Daft Punk. You have to scroll down a little bit to get to the "Official Video." Be sure to expand it to full screen and crank up the volume. I love this group and this production is stellar. Oh and by the way, how can you possibly resist Kirstie Maldonado's crooked smile?!