I thought I would post a few more pictures of my Army time in Germany – 1973-1974. Hard to believe it has been that long.
I love to travel – have a wanderlust gene apparently. I am running out of space on this website with the current plan – free! – and re-posting Lex’s posts takes priority – so I am having to shrink the pictures – my apologies. Perhaps I should start another site devoted to my past travels?
Filed under History, Travel
The Army can’t MAKE you do anything. It can make you WISH you hadn’t done it…
—-Drill Sgt Claiborne, Ft Ord, CA Sep ’72
The results of the soldier who deliberately sabotaged the parachute rigging dropping the HUMVEES in Germany...
How anyone of any faith could justify this:
What is the appropriate public response to the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl? That the question even needs asking suggests the moral abyss into which Indian politics has fallen. Those most responsible: Hindu extremists who value ideology over basic human decency.
Posted by lex, on April 17, 2008
If, like me, you have a residual image of art as something transcendently beautiful, something full of joy and wonder that inspires our finest sensibilities, something brought forth through special talent and great effort, then you are – like me – apparently out of mainstream academic thought.
Wikipedia helps to limn the philosophical edges:
Traditionally the term art was used to refer to any skill or mastery, a concept which altered during the Romantic period, when art came to be seen as “a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science”. Generally art is a (product of) human activity, made with the intention of stimulating the human senses as well as the human mind; by transmitting emotions and/or ideas. Beyond this description, there is no general agreed-upon definition of art. Art is also able to illustrate abstract thought and its expressions can elicit previously hidden emotions in its audience.
There was an interesting op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal. Some who adhere to man-made climate change have long wished to put the oil companies on trial.
Well, they are getting their wish in a San Francisco Courtroom.
Photo via Getty Images
Over the years, thanks to screenwriter Robert Avrech, I developed an appreciation for classic Hollywood. As is my nature, that which has interested me I really delved into research to learn all that I can.
Audrey Hepburn was, according to her son Sean Ferrer, An Elegant Spirit. No Hollywood diva, she. She grew up in Holland under the Nazis nearly starving, because her father felt that the Nazis were on the verge of invading England, and he should take his family to Europe.
Talk about timing.
Her first love was ballet, and for reasons I forget couldn’t make the cut, and started acting.
I’ve had a few things to post peculating in my head, but OTOH we are at 86% of our allotted space for this particular plan, and Hizzoner gets priority. I’m combing through the Wayback Machine seeing posts we missed from our official archives and I have to say, he left us an embarrassment of riches. He had both a keen sense of humor, and a keen sense for geopolitics.
I have been posting (now, and scheduling) what was at the time current events – and whether history will prove him right or wrong his process of getting to where he arrived is worth noting –