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Saturday, December 13, 2003  
On my way to something else, I came across this Boston Globe list of "song lyrics and poetry that helped many cope with the grief they felt after September 11"
  • Across the Universe, Lennon/McCartney
  • America the Beautiful, Katherine Lee Bates
  • American Tune, Paul Simon
  • Change the Day, Alex MacDougall
  • Colors of the Wind, Vanessa Williams
  • Leap, Brian Doyle
  • He Aint Heavy, Hes My Brother, The Hollies
  • Jesus, etc., Wilco
  • Love and Mercy, Brian Wilson
  • Lucky, Radiohead
  • Memorial for A City, W. H. Auden
  • Musee Des Beaux Arts, W. H. Auden
  • One, Cheryl Sawyer
  • Chorus from The Other Side, Joie Scott and Richard Wold
  • The Other Side, Don Conoscenti
  • Overcome, Live
  • The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry
  • Rhymes and Reasons, John Denver
  • Rockin in the Free World, Neil Young
  • September 1, 1939, W.H. Auden
  • Show the Way, David Wilcox
  • Song in a Year of Catastrophe, Wendell Berry
  • The Summer Day, Mary Oliver
  • Superman, Five for Fighting
  • There Youll Be, Diane Warren
  • Through Your Hands, John Hiatt
  • Trouble of the World, Mahalia Jackson
  • Try to Praise the Mutilated World, Adam Zagajewski
  • Victory in Defeat, Edwin Markham

Written at: 6:57:41 PM

Driving Do's & Don'ts


  • Observe posted speed limits
  • Look to see if someone is nearby before changing lanes
  • Use your directionals. Always. No excuses
  • Slow down as weather conditions demand
  • Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road
  • Stay in the center of the lane
  • Learn how to know where the edges of your car are.


  • Distract other drivers
  • Drive like you're the only person entitled to get to work on time
  • Make sudden turns when actually you could drive to the next road or exit and turn around
  • Think that a pick up truck or some 4 wheel drive surburan assault vehicle has some magic power to keep you on the road in snow and ice. It doesn't
  • Make right on red by driving up to the corner on the shoulder of the road
  • Think I'm interested in whatever music you're playing so loud it makes my car seat vibrate
Twice now in two days I've been greeted, personally, by drivers in other cars.

The first time it was on a major 65 mph highway. Someone came slamming up behind me, passed me and then put on the brakes to put their car moving alongside mine. And gave me the OK hand gesture. Did he like my license plate or my Apple sticker? Who knows. All I knew was that I wondered if some lunatic driver was about to put a bullet into my car because I wasn't going 90 miles an hour.

Today I was passed by someone at a gentler speed at the base of a hill not far from home. Again I realized that the car was going along side by side with mine rather than passing. And when I looked over I could see a silhouette of someone waving a cheery greeting.

Now I realize that both times apparently the other driver had good intentions. People, no offense but PLEASE DON'T! First off, you can rarely be seen inside the car. And second, I don't LOOK inside cars. I don't really care who's driving as long as you stay in your lane. No offense, but if you see me out driving, enjoy a moment of "oh, I know her" and just let it go. You can tell me about it some other time. Thanks.

Written at: 3:55:20 PM

Will Parker over at Channeling Cupertino gives a lesson and a hearty salute to
Joshua Abraham Norton, first and only Emperor of the United States of America!
I think we could all use a dose of that! You can find out which historical lunatic you're channeling here.

Written at: 11:28:35 AM

Tuesday, December 09, 2003  
It warms my heart, and I mean that in the most introspective, web-crazed sort of way, that The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Fruitcake turns up as item #4 on: Google, Yahoo and AOL search for "fruitcake".

You may not know about me that I used to work for a quasi-major web hosting company a few years ago. I spent my days encouraging and instructing people on how to build more interesting web sites and how to get their web sites "noticed" both by individuals and more importantly by search engines. Research shows that the majority of traffic to most websites is driven by search engines.

My own web site building goes back to the days when you could easily submit your pages to Yahoo for free. So the success of a small web site, very simply built and with nothing more than html, on a pretty arcane topic really floats my boat. Each year I get emails and calls from people who are writing articles or putting together radio shows, wanting more info about the Society and fruitcake.

On the other hand, with that much interest in fruitcake, who's to say it's that arcane afterall?

Written at: 9:40:54 PM

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