"I think there must be something akin to the Kübler-Ross model of grieving for politics. The first stage is idealistic enthusiasm, followed by uncomfortable compromises, followed by disillusionment, then hatred, then despair, then more hatred, and finally maniacal, endless laughter." -- sabotabby, 2014-07-01
"Being in a long marriage is a little bit like that nice cup of coffee every morning -- I might have it every day, but I still enjoy it." -- Stephen Gaines
"Armstrong described the lunar surface as 'beautiful.' I thought to myself, 'It's not really beautiful. It's magnificent that we're here, but what a desolate place we are visiting.'" -- Buzz Aldrin (b. 1930-01-20, set foot on the Moon in the wee hours of 1969-07-21 UTC (or very late on 1969-07-20 Eastern Time) along with Neil Armstrong)
[It's funny how little I remember all that clearly from when I was six years old, but I do remember watching television coverage of the Apollo missions, and noting when the astronauts would be out of contact with Earth, and trying to figure out if there was a way I could listen in to any of the conversations between the astronauts and Ground Control on a transistor radio or a walkie-talkie.]
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-07-13:
"Guitar is the easiest instrument in the world to learn to play badly." -- Andres Segovia
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"Something I say is that theology is wonderful when it's people saying, 'Look what I think I glimpsed about God!' And silly when it's people providing God with job descriptions and limitations. Like 'God does not forgive [list].'"</i> -- Mary Ann Dimand (@maryanndimand), 2014-07-13 (originally a series of four tweets
[Though she doesn't read this, I'll wish Mom a happy birthday here anyhow in case any of our relatives could use a wee reminder that this'd be a good day to phone her. ;-) ]
George: "Hey! There's a Cyclops!"
Paul: "Can't be. It's got two eyes."
John: "Must be a "bicycle-ops" then."
Ringo: "There's another one."
John: "A whole 'cyclopedia'!"
-- from Yellow Submarine (1968 (UK premiere 1968-07-17)) (via Wikiquote)
"From the start, when it was the instrument of the wood-god Pan, the flute has been associated with pure (some might say impure) energy. Its sound releases something naturally untamed, as if a squirrel were let loose in a church." -- Seamus Heaney (b. 1939-04-13, d. 2013-08-30)
Happy birthday to xpioti!
"Believe it or not, for seniors loneliness is a bigger killer than smoking or obesity. There's lots of research now, which correlates social isolation with higher death rates and greater incidence of dementia. The reality is that we need to stay socially connected, if we want to stay healthy." -- Andrew Dowling, creator of the Tapestry app and Stitch web service, interviewed by Monica Heisey, "Finally! A Tinder for Seniors Is in the Works", Vice, 2014-05-29
To my friends observing Shiv'a Asar B'Tammuz, as well those who are in the middle of observing Ramadan, may you have an easy fast.
Gregorian: 2014 July 15
Julian: 2014 July 02
Hebrew: 5774 Tammuz 17
Islamic: 1435 Ramadan 17
Persian: 1393 Tir 24
Indian: 1936 Asadha 24
"There are a lot of similarities between punk and old-time music. Both are home-brewed music as opposed to schooled, and both have an earthy energy. And anybody can pick up an instrument and start playing." -- Tommy Ramone (b. 1949-01-29, d. 2014-07-11), of the bluegrass duo Uncle Monk and the influential punk-rock band The Ramones
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-25:
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." -- Elie Wiesel
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"every time a man tells us we should dress for the job we ant & not the job we have, I put on my dinosaur onesie" -- @jennschiffer, 2014-07-02 (click through for the photo)
"Dreaming remains something of an enigma. The vast majority of dreams are never remembered, yet humans spend about 10 percent of their lives dreaming. Is a dream that is not interpreted like a letter that has not been read, as the Talmud suggests? Or are most dreams junk mail?" -- Richard M. Coleman, Wide Awake at 3:00 A.M.: By Choice or by Chance (1986, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York; LC: QP84.6.C65 1986; ISBN: 0-7167-1796-4)
"Driving through the desert with Monica one day, a trans friend of hers had a realization. As one cactus after another passed by in the windows, it struck him that in this quiet, barren, scorching place, the cacti were actually in their element. The place seemed harsh, but it wasn't for a cactus. If creation can make a home for those that don't conform, maybe the church can, too." -- from "A nun's secret ministry brings hope to the transgender community" by Nathan Schneider, 2014-03-02, Al Jazeera America
From Waiting for the Galactic Bus by Parke Godwin (1988, Doubleday, New York):
The camera moved over stunning vistas of sunken living rooms in luxurious cream leather, each casual furniture piece worth a fortune. Bedrooms of imperial opulence, kitchens that inspired domesticity and did all the work, cozy dens, conversation pits cunningly designed around fieldstone fireplaces, bathrooms of unbridled hedonism with heart-shaped tubs and frothing Jacuzzis. Charity ogled.
Where's that? They don't have that in Pittsburg even."
"I'd say not," Jake remarked with a sideways glance. "I'll bet you never missed Dynasty or Knots Landing."
"Course not. I even wrote a letter to Alexis telling her what a slut she is."
"But such a rich slut, eh? All that scheming and immorality in the middle of all that wealth. The painful fascination of pressing your cold little nose against the windowpane and deciding that rich is nasty, virtue is just plain folks and the American Way. The envy of the have-nots: Alexis will get what's coming to her, evil will be punished. And you sure as hell want yours. Religion is what you sing on Sunday, Miss Stoval. Your true faith is what you want all week."
[bold emphasis added -- dglenn]
"On the field, I didn't think of myself as man or woman or trans -- just a soccer player." -- Jayiah Saelua, quoted in "Soccer's Fa'afafine Superstar" by Natasha Vargas-Cooper, 2014-06-26, Out.com (quote appears on second page)
[If you ask me, "What are you?", my answer will vary according to the context in which the question is asked. But if you catch me completely unawares with that question, not already thinking of a particular context, I've discovered that the answer most likely to pop into my head (and out of my mouth) is, "I'm a guitarist." (But y'know, come to think of it, there was a time a long, long time ago, when I might have answered, "I'm a [soccer] fullback". The athletic part of my identity was definitely specifically as a defender, so I would've said "fullback" before I said "soccer player". Wow that was a long time ago, now.)]
"I'm truly weirded out by conservatives who treat sex like an exotic hobby instead of a normal part of everyday life." -- Amanda Marcotte, 2014-06-30
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-15:
"Three kraters only do I propose for sensible men, one for health, the second for love and pleasure and the third for sleep; when this has been drunk up, wise guests depart for home. The fourth krater is mine no longer, but belongs to hubris; the fifth to shouting; the sixth to revel; the seventh to black eyes; the eighth to summonses; the ninth to bile; and the tenth to madness and people tossing furniture about." -- Eubulus, playwright, on drinking wine.
(submitted to the mailing list by Bob Bruhin)
From Damiano by R.A. MacAvoy (1983, Bantam Books, New York):
"By John the Baptist and by John the Evangelist and by John the Best Beloved!-- if they are indeed three different Johns -- this is magnificent!" He clambered down the slope, showering snow. "A good night's sleep, a full stomach, and the road spreading before us like a Turkey carpet! Were it not for the plight of the citizens of Partestrada, I would have nothing else to desire!"
Macchiata peered up at Damiano, her brown eyes puzzled, a lump of snow on her muzzle. "But you could have slept in the cave anytime, Master. You didn't need to be thrown out of your house to do it."
"The United States of America is still run by its citizens. The government works for us. Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values. We do not need to dominate the world. We want and need to work with other nations. We want to find solutions other than killing people. Not in our name, not with our money, not with our children's blood." -- Molly Ivins (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)
To my countrymen and everyone joining us in our celebration: happy Independence Day! I am definitely the "America, love it enough to really want it to be its best and live up to its own ideals" type of patriot.
"The Stonewall Riot of June 27-29, 1969 in Greenwich Village started on the backs of working class African American and Latino queers who patronized that bar. Those brown and Black LGBTQ people are not only absent from the photos of that night, but have been bleached from its written history. Many LGBTQ Blacks and Latinos argue that one of the reasons for the gulf between whites and themselves is about how the dominant queer community rewrote and continues to control the narrative of Stonewall." -- Rev. Irene Monroe, "FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT: Dis-membering the myth of the Stonewall Riots", 2012-06-27
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