By Liza Damned Liza and Statistics
Epigraph: “All the conditions are present. The trigger event could come at any instant.” --Garry Grimhorse
The Middletown Garden Club has its plant sale at Harbor Park today, Saturday, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. It’s part of Feet to the Fire River Fest. Does Mother like flowers?
“Life is a foreign language that everyone mispronounces.” --after Christopher Morley, journalist, novelist, essayist, and poet (1890-1957)
Life in a time of perpetual warfare, such as between Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia in Orwell’s novel 1984, is unpleasant, but -- at least in that novel -- not as bad as Hobbes’s state of nature before civilization: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” (Not a law firm.)
Thunderclap Newman came to mind recently (RIP). A favorite line was “lock up the streets and houses” (because there’s “Something in the Air”). One comment on YouTube was: “I love everything this guy did. Well really I like the hits the best. Actually, I just like this song.” So it goes with one-hit wonders.
Doesn’t “Feet to the Fire River Fest” sound as if it should be on the banks of the Cuyahoga River? Or in Providence? “Feet to the fire” sounds like something from the persuasion toolkit that contains waterboarding.
Okay, now for a deep dive into the muck of clickbait.
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To end on a slightly more elevated note, please ponder this Kenyan proverb: “Not even good advice can make a person strong whose character is weak.”
That is all.