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August 21, 2003
· Dem Bones — T. S. Eliot Style ·
and of the closing point in "Little Gidding,"
It took as its theme my son Suave's girlfriend's rearing aboard a 65-foot ketch, happily sailing on the theme, steadily, swiftly, and simply, through eight paragraphs toward "the challenges, the hard work, and the demands of excellent service" — "all three," Savvy says, "in my salty upbringing, possibly my genes, and probably my soul."
Having seen the essay take shape, I think Eliot's lines apply:
You might also try singing "Dem Bones" here.Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
August 8, 2003
· Mother Nature — John McPhee Style ·
I don't mean to be disrespectful of McPhee's mom or Mother Nature. But if you're familiar with "Silk Parachute," as well as McPhee's The Control of Nature — and his many other pieces on things "natural" — I think you will understand my literary take. For I was detoured by a forest fire above Kamloops, BC, reading stylish sentences like these:
Today my own memories are like those of my wife — but a road blur. But it's been alleged, as this photograph attests, that we've been traveling from the Icefields Parkway in Alberta to the Columbia Gorge in Oregon through worlds Nature is proud of. I'm not absolutely sure, of course, because we've not been everywhere, but our roads were surely good.
By the way, today would have been my Mom's 100th birthday and Mom and Dad's 61st anniversary. I thought you should know.Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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