Samhain Waning Wolf Moon
“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. It is an uncomfortable doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say; therefore you are called upon to give much.” – Albert Schweitzer
Schweitzer was a theologian with unusual views and a favorite of my Mom and Dad. His “reverence for life” played an important part in their thinking about politics and the world. Though I’ve never considered it before, I imagine his perspective had a role in shaping mine, too. Reverence for life was a pre-abortion hoo-ha concept and not meant to be part of that debate.
Just reviewed Google Analytics for AncienTrails. Thanks to the wonder of the internet (and google) this website has received visits from all 7 continents and 46 of the 50 states in the last month. Only Nevada, North Dakota, Delaware and Connecticut recorded no hits from November 7th to December 5th. I find this very strange, perhaps unexplainable, but somehow pleasing, too. Anyhow, if you’re one of those readers from other parts of the world, please add a comment or two from time to time. It would be fun to get a conversation going.
Kate and I just took the first two segments of the 55 Alive online driver safety course. It reminds you that reaction time slows down as you age. Drinking and driving? No. That prescription and non-prescription drugs affect our driving. Mostly stuff you know, but good reminders so far. Sobering statistics about driving after age 75, too. Crashes and fatalities go up considerably with people in those age ranges having the same accident rate of drivers from 16-24 with more deaths. Gotta factor that into retirement planning.
The Vikes vs. Cardinals game got moved to the higher ratings slot of Sunday night football. That means the day time is more free than usual at this point on Sunday.
I visited Big Brain Comics yesterday and picked up two graphic novels, both, believe it or not, on advice from reviews in the New York Times. Strike Force is an anti-war novel set in Iraq and LogiComix, very improbably, is a biography of Bertrand Russell and his work on the Principia Mathematica. Last night Strike Force kept me up past midnight.