1. Seen on Facebook: One day you’ll just be a memory to someone. Do your best to be a good one.
2. “You can’t win all the contests and then lose at one contest and say, ‘Why am I not winning this contest as well?’ It’s random. So truthfully, again, do I wish it weren’t me? Absolutely. I still can’t make that logistic jump to thinking there’s a reason why it shouldn’t be me.” Writer David Rakoff on having cancer. Rakoff recently passed away.
3. I recently got a visit from a graduate student who is doing a thesis on the back-to-the-land movement in Floyd. She borrowed some of the earliest Museletters, our community’s monthly newsletter that began in 1984 and was, at one time, the primary forum for communication in the alter-native community. After she scanned some of the early newsletters and returned them to me, I started re-reading them myself and discovered an absolute treasure trove of poetry and columns I had written from the late 1980’s to the late 1990’s (pre-computer, so they’ll need to be retyped).
4. I have more control over the technical skill of writing now, but I don’t think I’ll ever be that prolific and inspired again. I’m calling that period my “Bob Dylan years.”
5. Joe’s been out of town. When he called last week and asked how I was, I answered “kind of like Mark Twain,” which meant I was philosophical and with good humor, but also depressed (about the state of the world and all the loss in it).
6. Looks can be deceiving. Even though THIS post about former Governor Tim Kaine coming to Floyd and playing harmonica at the Friday Night Jamboree got no comments, it got more hits than any other post this month, probably because Kaine posted the link on his Facebook page.
6. Four days after Kaine visited The Floyd Country Store, Vice President Joe Biden also came. I guess he had heard from Kaine and Senators Webb and Warner what a cool town Floyd is. I missed seeing him, having learned about his visit just after the fact. The photo here is posted compliments of The Floyd Country Store.
7. I thought it was a kind of desperate move for Romney to choose Paul Ryan for his running mate, not so unlike when McCain picked Sarah Palin. I think his choice will undoubtedly energize the squeaky wheels of the far-right members of the party but will also drive others away.
8. “In college Paul Ryan drove the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. So he and Romney have something in common. Both have the experience of driving a car with a dog on the roof.” –David Letterman
9. “If you go to Romney’s campaign website, which lists positions on issues from “Afghanistan” to “Values”, there’s not even a mention of the biggest crisis facing the planet. July was the hottest month on record in the United States — and that followed June, when we broke over 3,100 temperature records. Last week there was a new paper from James Hansen, NASA’s top climatologist, that solidly identifies climate change as the cause for recent drought, heat waves, and wildfires. The stakes are too high to leave climate change out of the national conversation So we’re turning up the volume, and we’re starting by issuing a climate challenge to Mr. Romney. ~ Bill McKibben. Read more HERE.
10. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” Mark Twain
11. “For a long time, words like compromise have been like dirty words. I always believed that the art of being a legislator is finding common ground,” said Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette as he resigned from Congress due to partisan politics. LaTourette, the latest moderate Republican causality on Capital Hill, who was in support of looking to repeal Bush’s tax cuts on the rich as part of a deficit reduction package, also said, “We are a hiccup away from being Europe. We’re a hiccup away from being Greece. Now is the time when politicians should stand up and say, ‘I may lose this next election, but we gotta get this right.”‘
12. As far as blogging goes, I’d rather have a few real people comments than a lot of anonymous hits.
13. “There is no great work in the world that will not break your heart.” Poet, David Whyte.