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Nostalgia for a Smoke
Wistful thoughts on the pleasure of smoking cigarettes
posted 2017-11-29
Spiritual Retreat as a Form of Sour Grapes
When lack of success becomes a virtue
posted 2017-10-31
Akhmatova's Music : I'm Here but How Did I Get Here?
Thoughts on "revealed" poetry
posted 2017-06-10
Trust and Trump's America
A failure of trust led to Trump's election; can trust be restored?

posted 2017-01-25

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posted 2016-12-19
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The Sterile Profession of Letters Giacomo Leopardi (1845)
No profession is so sterile as that of letters. But the world puts such a high value on deceit that with its help even letters becomes fruitful. Fraudulence is as it were the soul of social life. Given its effects on the human mind, no art or human faculty is really perfect without it. If you were to study the histories of two people--the one honest in all things, the other deceitful-you would always find the latter more fortunate than the former. The Honest man is in fact almost entirely barren of good fortune. Artifice lacking truth is valuable and effective, but truth lacking artifice is impotent. I don't think this is due to the wicked inclinations of our species, but rather because in everything he does man needs some illusion and glamour, since truth is always too flawed and impoverished. Illusion pleases and inspires him. He lives for the promise of something more, and better, than what the world can actually give. Even Nature is deceitful toward man: it makes life congenial and tolerable only through imagination and artifice.

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posted 2016-12-19
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Photo of the Month, March 2017
Snowy road at dusk, Stewart Mountain, near Bellingham
New Photo Additions
New photos of Bellingham, Washington and vicinity.
posted 2017-01-28
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