Monthly Archives: January 2018

An Irritated Introduction

An exasperated James Roof at Tilden Regional Park, writing in 1959. If all writing could be so honest. This passage is from his introduction to Guide to the Plant Species of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden: Some Unhelpful Notes We are miles … Continue reading

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The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling

Endless campaigns abroad are not something unique to America. I am amazed with Kipling’s brevity and wit. The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories (1902) I Keep six honest serving-men: (They taught me all I knew) Their names … Continue reading

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When Do Your Eyes Glaze Over?

“A reader’s eyes may glaze over after they take in a couple of paragraphs about Canadian tariffs or political developments in Pakistan; a story about the reader himself or his neighbors will be read to the end.” Donald E. Graham … Continue reading

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James Timothy Farley — 1955 to 2018

James Timothy Farley (Tim Farley), 62, of Eureka, California, passed away peacefully in Sacramento on January 1, 2018. Tim was born on December 23, 1955 in Sacramento to James and Marlyn (Barnett) Farley. He was married on October 5, 1996 … Continue reading

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Ranier Maria Rilke and Ignatian Spirituality

Thumbing through Rilke’s Poems from the Book of Hours (internal link), I came across this stanza: You are the deep epitome of things that keeps its being’s secret with locked lip, and shows itself to others otherwise: to the ship, … Continue reading

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