Whitcomb: Paring Down; Lost Amusements; Nice Idea but Not Near Us; Into the ‘Meta’ Maze

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Sunday, November 07, 2021

 

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Robert Whitcomb, Columnist

“Seeds in a dry pod, tick, tick, tick, 

Tick, tick, tick, like mites in a quarrel— 

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Faint iambics that the full breeze wakens— 

But the pine tree makes a symphony thereof.’’

— From “Petit, the Poet,’’ Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950), American poet and lawyer

 

 

“Nothing is or can be so fixed in the mind, or fastened in memory, but in short time is or may be loosened out of the one, and by little and little quite lost out of the other. It is therefore necessary that memorable things should be committed to writing.’’    

— Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634),  English lawyer, judge and politician who is considered the greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. 

 

 

“I guess the trouble was that we {Americans} didn’t…

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