Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 4th

Happy 4th, everyone! I'm taking a blogging break, so posts will be skimpy over the next month or two. Meanwhile enjoy this amazing red zebra, sprouting a cross-section of passion flower from its back, by my new friend, Sue Johnson. And always remember to give voice to your own astonishment.

However, don't be upset by Sarah Palin quitting her job as governor of Alaska, where she can no longer exercise her maximum potential to be used by God to heal the world. Or by Ruth Madoff's losing her fur coat, which got seized by the Feds despite her having implored them to let her keep it.

Think instead on what Samuel Beckett says in "Malone Dies": "To be buried in lava and not turn a hair, it is then that a man shows what stuff he is made of." Everybody needs some lava, agrees Virgil, because to go back and forth between thinking the world is wonderful and thinking it's completely screwed up is absolutely normal.

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