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Social Consequences? | Horizon January 1962

For your reading pleasure (and amusement) I’ve scanned the complete, 5-page article. Though Clarke’s terminology is not what we use, he was quite precient in many respects. One idea that has been discussed at some length is the Orbital Post Office which may make most air mail obsolete in a decade or so. A single …

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“Read from some humbler poet”

Who is your favorite “humbler poet?” The Day is Doneby Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The day is done, and the darknessFalls from the wings of Night,As a feather is wafted downwardFrom an eagle in his flight. I see the lights of the villageGleam through the rain and the mist,And a feeling of sadness comes o’er meThat …

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Bang-whang-whang

For those unfamiliar with The Book House, it is a series of books for children, and what we now call young adults readers, with each of the twelve volumes being “graded” to kids’ growth. One of the best collections of books for children ever published. I was doing some very intellectually challenging research yesterday. Are …

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A Psalm of Life

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist. Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou …

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“Ring Out, Wild Bells” 

“May the bells of 2023 ring out the darkness of our land and ring in a new and gleaming light on our country and its people.” Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,The flying cloud, the frosty light:The year is dying in the night;Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the …

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A very bare room in a tentament house | Guide to Daily Readings 12/16/22

George Santayana born on this date in 1863. Daily Readings: The Shadowed Star BY MARY MACMILLANCopyright, 1913, by Stewart & Kidd Company. All rights reserved. CASTA WOMAN, the mother.AN OLD WOMAN, the grandmother.TWO GIRLS, the daughters.A MESSENGER BOY.A NEIGHBOR.ANOTHER NEIGHBOR. [A very bare room in a tenement house, uncarpeted, the boards beingmuch worn, and from …

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How do I love thee? | Guide to Daily Reading 12/15/22

Nothing happened today. Well, that’s not quite true. On this date in 1846 The Hakluyt Society was founded “for the purpose of encouraging the publication of books of travel, and particularly of re-issuing the works of its namesake” (The Booklover’s Almanac) Hakluyt is a global strategic advisory firm, supporting corporations and investors on the opportunities and …

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Souls Everywhere | Guide to Daily Reading 12/14/22

If you await the Daily readings with bated breath, sorry for the delay this morning. Charles Wolfe born on this date in 1791. Daily Reading: Copy “Davis’s Souls.” Paste. Search. Ah, The Internet. That Infallible Source: Soul’s father, “Dr. Richard W. Solberg, was a Lutheran minister, professor of History and Political Science….” Soul’s younger sister, whose name …

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My Lute | Guide to Daily Reading 12/13/22

William Drummond born on this date in 1585. Daily Readings: *There are days when internet searches are even stupider than they were yesterday. William Drummond of Hawthornden, author of The History of Scotland: From the year 1423 until the year 1542 To His Lute My lute, be as thou wert when thou didst grow With …

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Jackdaw | Guide to Daily Reading 12/6/22

R.H. Barham born this date in 1788. A Jackdaw–> Daily Reading: The Jackdaw of Rheims The Jackdaw sat on the Cardinal’s chair! Bishop, and abbot, and prior were there; Many a monk, and many a friar, Many a knight, and many a squire, With a great many more of lesser degree,— In sooth a goodly …

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