Monday, June 29, 2015

Daily Dose

From Victory, by Joseph Conrad


"With what strange serenity, mingled with terrors, had that man considered the universal nothingness!  He had plunged into it headlong, perhaps to render death, the answer that faced one at every inquiry, more supportable."

From Chapter 5

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Coming Soon

Daily Dose

From Maxims, by La Rochefoucauld, translated by Stuart D. Warner & Stephane Douard


"One no longer has reason, when one no longer hopes to find some in others."

From Withdrawn Maxims

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Yankee Doodles

Daily Dose

From Swift: the Man, His Works, and the Age, Volume II: Dr. Swift, by Irvin Ehrenpreis


"What they wanted was an unambiguous assertion that they were right and their enemies all wrong.  What they got was a statement of general laws according to which they might be on the right side in this case but would very likely be wrong in the next."

From Chapter 6, the Contests and Dissensions

Friday, June 26, 2015


I'll be fifty-two come July, and in my lifetime who I am has been a secret, a shame, and a crime.  It has also been a joy and a blessing.  Better than thirty years ago, I fell in love with a dark, handsome man.  We've been together ever since and in that time we have, together, been a secret, a shame, a crime, a joy and a blessing.  Together, we have witnessed the world change, and we have done our small part to change it.  We have changed and have been changed by being together.  No secret now, no shame.  We ceased to be criminals just in 2003.  Just today we were acknowledged to be equal before the law by a majority decision of the United States Supreme Court and the President of the United States.

It is a GOOD day.

To all who came up with us, to all who came before and to all who fell along the way, thank you.  To all those still working, still marching, still fighting and dying, take heart and thank you too.  To any who may feel otherwise than glad today, you may take your own time, but not mine.  Today is a GOOD day, and I have no time for anything but joy, and pride, and the renewal of hope.  Today, it is good to be a citizen of the United States of America.

May there be many more for us all.


They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law,“ wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion. "The Constitution grants them that right.

-- Justice Anthony Kennedy, for the majority