October 28, 2009

This 'n That

Fall beers from the Salt Lake City Tribune, which reports that it snowed there yesterday:

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From the novel "Shadow Country":
Papa gave me this fine idea of my Dear Diary long ago when I was little. He was riting in his lether book under the trees. It had "Footnotes to my Life" berned into the cowhide cover and a little lock. I asked him what his book was about and he took me in his lap and smiled and said Well honey its a daily jernel. He wouldn't never show it to a sole he said. I powted and intreated. Never? Perhaps one day Papa said. He warned that any diary that was not completely privet is no longer a diary because it is no longer honest and cannot be a trusted friend.

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Is there a contradiction between these two statements?:
"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain." - John Adams
"Give people plenty and security, and they will fall into spiritual torpor," wrote Charles Murray in In Our Hands.
How many generations can study tapestry and porcelain before freedoms erode? Of course Adams wasn't naive: "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide."

On a brighter note, what a World Series this could potentially be. I think the two best teams in baseball are clearly meeting; it's no fluke that the Yanks and Phillies are in it.


Gregg the Obscure said...

Enjoyed your Utah travelogue. Some of the more formative experiences of my youth were reading the Old Testament in the romantic desert of eastern Utah and western Colorado. That country does capture one's imagination. Salt Lake is a picturesque town too. Any chance of you coming to the Mile High City? I'd be glad to serve as a guide.

Why the surprise at late October snow? We've had three flurries in Denver - one still in progress. I remember flakes (of the snowy variety) in the '97 world series in your neck of the woods.

Go Phillies!

TS said...

Short of Israel, I'd say that is the place to read the OT. Tis beautiful country where you come from and I do aim to visit out there someday and take you up on your offer. Salt Lake City seems more manageable (i.e. smaller) than Denver, although it'd be nice if there was a non-stop to SLC. You're right, I shouldn't be surprised by October snow in north Utah, but it's pretty rare in these parts. First frost date appears to be much earlier in the West.