Day: May 31, 2016

It’s Walt’s turn…

Today is the day on which we remember the birthday of the American poet Walt Whitman, who is quickly approaching his bicentennial birthdate. Born on Long Island and raised in Brooklyn, he went on to become something of an itinerant journalist and editor for various newspapers… and usually getting fired for his ‘progressive’ views on such topics as woman’s rights, slavery and labor issues… May I just take this moment to say that we here in America seem to be still fighting, a lot, about pretty much the same issues to this day. Laws on the books are one thing… An actual change in personal attitudes seems so much further off. Anywho… Whitman said: Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you? Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral …