“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio speech, 26 October 1939
This is the post in which my politics become completely obvious. Most of the time Pundit Kitchen is just pretty funny. This one, however, makes me feel sad.
“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all. ” — John Lennon
Someone asked me where the title of this blog came from, so I thought I’d explain. It is a lyric from a Beatles song Tomorrow Never Knows. The lyrics have a lot of meaning to me. (And no, a psychedelic experience is not necessary to appreciate them, although it can’t hurt. But that is a topic for another day.) It’s easy to appreciate on a technical level as well; there is a lot of innovation in the way the song was recorded.
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”–Khalil Gibran
I learned today that one of the peregrine falcon chicks that recently fledged from a nest box in downtown Boise has died. Apparently, Madge Ellen (Maggie for short), as she was informally dubbed, hit a high voltage line. It is a sad fact that while peregrines have adapted well to nesting in cities, there are dangers to them there that don’t exist in the wild (although the wild has dangers of its own, of course). According to a citation in this Wikipedia article, the mortality rate for young peregrines is 59 to 70 percent, so something like this is not unexpected, or even unusual. And still, I am sad. I become even more sad when I think about the parents. Do they wonder where she is? Are they mourning her? I know there are many out there that would scold me for anthropomorphizing these amazing creatures. But who am I to judge whether or not they feel emotion?
I know that what I am feeling is real, though. There have been some major stresses in my life in the past few months and watching the baby peregrines grow has been a great source of comfort, delight and amazement to me. I suppose that makes the pain this loss brings somewhat easier to bear. Good bye, Maggie! You were a delight to so many in your short time with us.
What we need are critical lovers of America – patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it. –Hubert H. Humphrey
(This one is especially dedicated to my husband.) And to everyone else, although I feel very cynical about the U.S. sometimes, I believe this is still true, for the most part, and I’m grateful for it. (OK, I probably wouldn’t fight to the death for Bill O’Reilly, but that’s more because he’s Bill O’Reilly, not because of his views.)
Credit where credit is due: Cartoon by Dwayne Powell.