On this date in 1890, Yosemite National Park was established by Congress… …and they haven’t done a whole lot worth celebrating since that date… I know this is a gross generalization, and a complete misstatement of all the things that may have happened since then… but that’s the kind of malaise the current Congress has been inflicting us with, for what seems like forever!!! And now there are people who would undo even this rather grandiose (but necessary) design. It makes you want to weep… Advertisements
Today is the day on which we remember the birth of one of the more prolific writers the English language has ever managed to produce… G(ilbert) K(eith) Chesterton was born on this day in 1874, and died in 1936. So if any of the following quotes seem somewhat old-fashioned, or indeed even prophetic, keep the fact of when he was writing in the forefront, if you please… “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
So… Not at the computer today… The first of many long, long days to come. And I’m trying to do this from the phone. Not sure how it’s gonna turn out, quite honestly. But couldn’t let today go by unremarked. It’s the traditional day we celebrate the birth of William Shakespeare… We don’t really know when he was born, but he was baptized on April 26, and tradition held that you dunked ’em after the third day. So… Happy Birthday, William… It’s also Miriam’s birthday… but she’s not world-famous yet… Give her time! I had wanted to post a pic of Willie the Shake, but that appears to be beyond me at the moment…
A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor. Any of that sound familiar? Ringing any bells…? So said the man whose birthday we remember today. William Wordsworth, born on this date in 1770, helped (along with Coleridge) to launch the Romantic Age in English Literature.
… so very tired… But I couldn’t take this day off. Today marks that annual bit of tom-foolery and (at times) just plain meanness known as April Fools Day (… see what I did there?)