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
June 27, 2012 - 11:05 a.m.
I have things to do this morning, well actually early afternoon, so I better get started writing. I need a body guard to protect me from the Chronoklepts.
I once again didn't do many of the things I had planned for yesterday. I did make it to the restaurant supply store and picked up more things I needed to stock my kitchen. I still need more. I discover them as I cook or think about cooking. I went to pick up my white suit I left at the cleaners but didn't have the cash I needed. I didn't know that there was a $20 minimum on credit cards. Of course it is only half a block from my house so it's no big deal going back there today. Today I'll stop by Trader Joe's and maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond. I have two concerts today and they are convenient for the one this afternoon. I'm seeing Emily Elbert at Zuccotti Park. It's all of 15 minutes from my apartment. Have I mentioned that I love living here? I can walk to Trader Joe's but I'll take the subway or bus. It is actually faster than it took driving from my old apartment.
Last night was a meeting of the Christopher Street Coffee House board. I'm so glad I have my life back in enough order to actually get things done there. We're planning out the next season. I can't tell you what we are planning but it should be great season. I've dreamed of booking a coffee house for years and now I finally get to help do it. Would you like to help out? We need volunteers for the next season that starts in October.
Why did I dram of it? The same reason I write Wise Madness. The same reason I post links so often on Facebook. At heart I'm an evangelist. When I discover something of great value I want to share it with the world whether it be a musician, a work of art, a fact, a theory, or a joke. If something inspires me I get pleasure from it inspiring you too. I don't want others to be ignorant. It's why I love teaching. We get so much of our information from people that spread it for monetary gain. I share out of love and personal conviction. Carey and I used to talk about starting a record label, "We like these guys records." I still love that idea. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Our series at Christopher Street is called Village Roots. If I were starting it from scratch I'd call it, "We like these guys" and that would be the guiding rule of who plays. Right now we haven't established an audience so we have to invite performers that can bring in their own. My hope is that one day people will simply trust our judgment and come because they know they'll be hearing good music whether they heard of the artist or not. That's what I do with John Platt's On Your Radar.
I'm rebuilding my readership. I'm not up to the 49.8 readers a day I had in January but I just went over the 40mark for June. It bottomed out with 23.8 in April when I wasn't posting regularly.
Now I have to go. I'm going to make my first omelet in almost three months. It won't be peanut butter, it will be Taylor ham and pepper jack cheese. I'm so excited. Then I'm off to hear Emily Elbert.
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