October 18th, 2010

Interesting words

"A book is written, not to multiply the author's voice, not to carry it, but to perpetuate it. The author has something to say which he perceives to be true and useful, or beautiful. So far as he knows, no one has yet said it; so far as he knows, no one else can say it. In the sum of his life he finds this to be the thing, or group of things, manifest to him; this, the piece of true knowledge, or sight, which his share of sunshine and earth has permitted him to seize. He would set it down for ever; engrave it on a rock, if he could, saying 'This is the best of me; for the rest, I ate, and drank, and slept, loved and hated, like any other; my life was as the vapor, and is not; but this I saw and knew; this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory.'"
John Ruskin

115 - Socializing

My wife's cousin is going to be in town today for a convention of women singers, so we are going to be socializing this evening. It is noticeable to me, because I am for the first time scheduling on a calendar stuff like that. Usually S puts notes on the yearly calendar; now I am running off month by month the current calendars and noting what I have to remember. It goes somewhat against my nature, but is helping me to tag activities.

I am making headway in ignoring the lifelong phenomenon of weekend nights being special, as they no longer are special. Going to a movie on Thursday, for example, is less crowded and stressful. What makes Friday night unique? Nothing.