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  31st July & 1st August, 2014











Rod & Boots photographed by Christian Tabor February 13, 2013
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A Thought for Today

A thought is more powerful than the arrow or the cannon’s thud
it spreads through centuries.




No matter when I start
that first day’s walk
along the tide’s white ragged edge,
someone’s been ahead of me.

I went at noon the first day,
                 ten the next.
Finally at sunrise
I started out
and on this very morning
I was up before the sun
guided by the whitecaps only
luminous in the dimming starlight.

When at last the light
began to rim the far horizon
I saw beside my own, new footprints
in the Monday sand
a larger imprint trailing on
                           ahead of me.
And beside the wide stride
on this quiet beach
the soft impression of a dog
who must have trotted
by his master’s side.

I’ve but one more morning
left to me
before I trade Tres Vidas
                   for the city,
but if I have to start out
down the beach at midnight
                              or before
I’m determined to confront
the brown beach man
who dares to think
he loves my ocean
more than me.

And anyway,
the ocean’s all
that I have left.
There won’t be anyone again,
but there will always be
sea water and sea things
to wash the memories
              into one another.

That’s a comfort
not to be taken lightly,
considering the sea
                   is all I have.

- from "Moment To Moment", 1973, 1975

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notable birthdays

Thursday 31 July

Hank Bauer o Bill Berry o Helena Blavatsky o Dean Cain o Geraldine Chaplin o Jim Corr o Norman Del Mar o Susan Flannery o Milton Friedman o Evonne Goolagong o Curt Gowdy o S.S. Kresge o Irv Kupcinet o Sherry Lansing o Gary Lewis o George Liberace o Maximilian II o Don Murray o France Nuyen o Peter Rosegger o J.K. Rowling o Wesley Snipes o Barry Van Dyke o Whitney Young, Jr.

Friday 1 August

Theo Adam o Ashley Angel o Tempest Bledsoe o Lionel Bart o William Clark o Coolio o Dom Deluise o Gant Gaither o Jerry Garcia o Arthur Hill o Geoffrey Holder o Francis Scott Key o Rose Macukay o Marie France McKuen o Herman Melville o Juliet Mills o Jerome Moross o Yves St. Laurent o Morris Stoloff o Michael Stewart

Rod's random thoughts
Let’s be a little nicer to each other, everyone is fighting a hard battle.

Nobody steals something original and winds up producing more than a carbon copy.

Common sense sees the visible; imagination goes beyond.


Who hears the lone bark
                         of the dog
without a master or a hearth,
The cat cry in the shadow
of the unattended house,
The moans of lovers when they learn
courage is not quite enough.
Who listens? Not the wind.
And sometimes even God seems deaf
                           to the abandoned.
Be not afraid.
Life is not measured by the give and take,
the yardstick's only life itself.

- from Suspension Bridge, 1984


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