The Pennsylvania Dutch, in whose bosom I nested from infancy until age nine, have an expression “the hurrieder I go, the behinder I get”.
The actual source is debatable, it being attributed to Satchel Paige, Lewis Carroll’s white rabbit and who knows who.
I was already behind from the beginning. I’m now way behind and priority tasks are still stacking up.
I’ve taken to asking friends and family to e-mail me some more time.
On top of that, Mrs. Blogger finally broke down and “rescued” a six-month Labrador-beagle male, we had a grandchild sleep-over, and today finally a long list of chores needing daughter’s assistance in doing were finally done. Eight-year-old grandchild #2 recorded a video on how to throw a four-seam fastball, nine-year-old grandchild #1 just came back from a diamond mine richer than I am, and seven-year-old grandchild #3 is going through dental woes.
But the tavern sign is now mounted, the dog goes for his well-puppy visit tomorrow and I passed muster with my primary nurse-practitioner.
Stacking up on my reading/study side-table are the following:
Professor Ashton Nichol’s 12-disc CD course on Emerson, Thoreau and the transcendentalist movement;
a 346-page grandmaster’s textbook on chess so I can teach those grandkids a game to which they’ve taken;
three small puzzle books that teach three kinds of thinking (logical, quick and creative);
“The Art and Science of Staff Fighting: A Complete Instructional Guide” by Joe Varady…
I have the staff, my six-foot walking stick cut with proper indigenous sanctity and respect from a New England rock maple, the bark removed, dried, sanded, shellacked and varnished; I have the gi, along with videos of the related aikido kata; I have the dojo (a partially-shaded stone and grass patio with fire pit, waterfall, shower, and surrounding garden;
an audio course of eight 45-minutes lectures on jazz, its history and more by Bill Messenger, who “studied musical composition, on scholarship, at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University under Louis Cheslock. He attended a master’s class in 1963 with Nadia Boulanger, the teacher of Roy Harris, Virgil Thompson, and Aaron Copland. Professor Messenger has two master’s degrees, both from Johns Hopkins University. He has done additional graduate work in musicology at the University of Maryland.
Professor Messenger has taught composition, music history, and music theory at Goucher College in Baltimore and a number of community colleges. He regularly lectures on American music at The Peabody Institute and Towson State University Elderhostels.
Professor Messenger is the author of several books, including The Power of Music: A Complete Music Activities Program for Older Adults, which has been called “a landmark in music activities.”
His musical career includes studio work on many early rock ‘n’ roll recordings. He has accompanied many nationally known performers during his years in the music business, including Lou Rawls and Cass Elliot, and he worked as an opener for Bill Haley and the Comets. He was also a pianist with the acrobatic rock’n’roll group, The Rockin’ Maniacs. As a jazz pianist, he has played in ragtime ensembles, swing bands, Dixieland bands, and modern jazz groups. In 1983 he was voted Baltimore’s best piano player by Baltimore magazine.”
Not forgotten and essentially still on the front burner, simmering, is the book I will be writing. I’ve brought to paper the points I will take from 37 out of 69 selected books, though I keep finding books and ordering them; three are on my “to do” list. Many of these books I need to re-read again; I’m finding what I annotated when I first read them is not necessarily what I want to pull out of them for this project. They are interesting to read, having learned a lot as I have moved on. I have much work to do before I will actually do the writing.
Much of the material will gravitate out to a blog rather than go into the book (be patient). One example I found is interesting to say the least.
Along with that and the latest Occurences, I’ll leave you with this:
A self-empowered individual
—free, responsible, rational, intensely creative—
is possible and necessary.