I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
2001-10-18 - 10:13 p.m.
I spoke to Leah on the phone yesterday. She sang me this beautiful song she is writing. It's not finished yet but it's great. She has so much talent. She's been having a really tough time recently as she wrote about in her diary . If you know and care about her it's a good time to say hi, email, snail mail, or give her a call on the phone.
I was going to write another in the series of intelligence entries but I don't think I'm up to it today. I'm not at my happiest. Now this fits in well with the other thing I wanted to write about, something to lift anyone's spirits. Today is the birthday of Charles Edward Anderson Berry, you know him better as Chuck. I'm writing this while I listen to my Best of Chuck Berry CD. His time of greatest creativity wasn't long but he came out with a lot of great songs in that short time. Between 1955 and 1957 he wrote Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Rock and Roll Music, Sweet Little Sixteen, and Johnny B. Goode . Ironically he never had a number 1 hit till 1972 with the novelty song My Ding-A-Ling. This was of course due to racism. In the fifties his songs were made hits by white artists like Pat Boone. If you want to see something truly embarrassing watch a video of Pat Boone doing Little Richard's Tutti Fruity .
Chuck's songs defined Rock 'n' Roll. This was the first time that teens had their own music, before then parents and the kids would listen to the same songs. Chuck's songs are the embodiment of youthful exuberance. I love a quote by John Lennon, "If you were to give Rock 'n' Roll another name you might call it Chuck Berry.
On more thing before I go. How do you like the snazzy new background? I have a stupid way of learning the html I need. I do what I want using Netscape composer then look at the source code to see what it did.
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