An Appreciation
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Where’s Waldo…?

Wherever he is, you should wish him a happy birthday when you find him.
Today is the 213 anniversary of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s appearance upon the earth; which really is quite a respectable number, when you come right down to it.

Oh, I know he hasn’t been biologically active for all of those years.
Unless you were to invent a device which could actively track the dust we all eventually return to down through the ages…
You know, like refusing to walk across a dirt lot, because their are minute traces of Shakespeare and Homer in the soil. I think a beeping from your watch or phone might be sufficient for notifying everyone. Depends on the level of sensitivity you program into it.

That sort of thing…

Sounds like it might make a pretty good story.
Think I’ll work on that one when I’m done here.


Ralph Waldo (apparently, he actually did go by Waldo while he was alive; a fact I did not know before beginning this post. Who say’s blogging isn’t educational? Who was it? Point ’em out to me. Let’s settle this once and for all… where was I?) – I say – Emerson’s number is quite the respectable one, because we still remember his birthday… and his words.
I don’t have much hope for the same being said of moi, some 200 years from now.

But then… I ain’t done yet.

Does it every seem to you like the following picture is a fairly good graphical representation of what my writing might feel like…?
To me, it seems a little calm, with regards to my own output, and style…
It’s okay… I’m still waiting for the caffeine to kick in.


I just found out that the game of ‘Where’s Waldo’ is actually called ‘Where’s Wally’ everywhere else in the world… except here in the US of A, and Canadidia…
Good ol’ Kanuckistan…
If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it.

You know, it’s really quite amazing, in this day and age, and with all the advances that we’ve made, as a species, regarding computers and software, that even with auto-correct enabled, the ding-dang machine still doesn’t recognize the name of the great and glorious country of Canadidia… I find that fact to be rather silly, at best…

Well, we seem to have drifted a bit from the usual birthday post, so let’s get to it…
Ralph Waldo Emerson said (among other things…):

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Earth laughs in flowers.

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.


Happy Birthday, Waldo.

Wherever you are…



Top image found here.
Second image found here.





  1. That “Where’s Waldo” image would be one of my imagined versions of hell. Emerson is such an old favorite of mine; I loved reading him even when I was a teenager. Having seen that “…earth laughs in flowers..” quite a bit on springtime blog posts, I tracked it down last year. It’s from Emerson’s poem “Hamatreya”, in which the flowers are actually mocking—laughing AT—us humans. I posted a poem by that title on my blog last year, in June. Any who…I do enjoy your birthday celebrations, and your inimitable style of writing.


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