Chorus from The Other Side, Joie Scott and Richard Wold
The Other Side, Don Conoscenti
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
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.
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?