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The past is a bucket of ashes


Yesterday morning Pastor Conley read a poem that was written by Carl Sandburg in 1922. I don't remember ever having read the poem before, but it resonated with me and I thought I'd post it on my blog. If you read it aloud, it is particularly stirring.

"The past is a bucket of ashes."

The woman named Tomorrow
sits with a hairpin in her teeth
and takes her time
and does her hair the way she wants it
and fastens at last the last braid and coil
and puts the hairpin where it belongs
and turns and drawls: Well, what of it?
My grandmother, Yesterday, is gone.
What of it? Let the dead be dead.

The doors were cedar
and the panels strips of gold
and the girls were golden girls
and the panels read and the girls chanted:
We are the greatest city,
the greatest nation:
nothing like us ever was.
The doors are twisted on broken hinges.
Sheets of rain swish through on the wind
where the golden girls ran and the panels read:
We are the greatest city,
the greatest nation,
nothing like us ever was.

It has happened before.
Strong men put up a city and got
a nation together,
And paid singers to sing and women
to warble: We are the greatest city,
the greatest nation,
nothing like us ever was.

And while the singers sang
and the strong men listened
and paid the singers well
and felt good about it all,
there were rats and lizards who listened
… and the only listeners left now
… are … the rats … and the lizards.

And there are black crows
crying, "Caw, caw,"
bringing mud and sticks
building a nest
over the words carved
on the doors where the panels were cedar
and the strips on the panels were gold
and the golden girls came singing:
We are the greatest city,
the greatest nation:
nothing like us ever was.

The only singers now are crows crying, "Caw, caw,"
And the sheets of rain whine in the wind and doorways.
And the only listeners now are … the rats … and the lizards.

The feet of the rats
scribble on the door sills;
the hieroglyphs of the rat footprints
chatter the pedigrees of the rats
and babble of the blood
and gabble of the breed
of the grandfathers and the great-grandfathers
of the rats.

And the wind shifts
and the dust on a door sill shifts
and even the writing of the rat footprints
tells us nothing, nothing at all
about the greatest city, the greatest nation
where the strong men listened
and the women warbled: Nothing like us ever was.

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Do you think it applies to society today or only to times past? Have things changed since Sandburg wrote this in 1922?

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"Leave it all in the hands that were wounded for you." — Elisabeth Elliot (Through the Gates of Splendor)

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Rob

There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

Where Is Beauty?


Some years ago my readers and I compiled a list of funny/punny beauty salon names.

I have recently seen several signs for beauty salons that made me smile or laugh. Here they are. The first one sounds like a place for some pretty serious adjustments.

Hair Mechanix

The second one promises ... I'm not sure what.

Looks To Kill Salon

Please keep an eye open and a camera handy for funny signs for me.

Tonight starts our annual Bible Conference at school. They've moved it to February and it's more compact and focused. This year's theme is the Sufficiency of Christ. I believe many sessions will be webcast if you'd like to check out the link.

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"Our hope and mission are the same, no matter who sits in the White House." — Drew Conley

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Rob

Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hairstyle you like ... for a few days.

Breaking News or Broken News?


I thought you might get as big a laugh as I did at this "breaking news" matched up with the wrong picture.

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Campaign

I would say that they really did "break" the news this time!

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"Faith is not some leap in the dark with no basis in reality." — Drew Conley

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Rob

No cookie customers were injured in the filming of this campaign.

Dietary Supplements?


Now that we're half way through January, are some of our New Year's resolutions falling by the wayside? For any of you who resolved to drop some weight, here are a couple of ideas to help you stick with your plan.

I've seen quite a few ads on TV early this year featuring Oprah who is encouraging people to try Weight Watchers. Here's something from Weight Watchers that I haven't seen in those ads:

Weight Watchers Knife Fork

Some diet plans tell us that we should eat only when seated at the table. Here's a new table that might help even with that idea:

New Diet Program

It seems as if you might cheat only once with that contraption.

I know I said I would probably not be posting, but these were just too good not to share. Some readers who didn't want to see me stop blogging suggested that I do the occasional, very short post. So there's one of who knows how many.

Until next time...

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"Back then (in the 1980s), when we had meaningless information, we just kept it to ourselves." — anonymous wise man/wise guy

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Rob

There are no limits to what you can accomplish when you're supposed to be doing something else.

What a Difference 100 Years Can Make!


This week and next, many will be doing retrospective looks at 2015. I thought it would be interesting and/or fun to take a look at 1915 instead.

Here are some events that took place in 1915:

While working as a cook at New York's Sloan Hospital under an assumed name, Typhoid Mary infected 25 people, and was placed in quarantine for life.

The Rocky Mountain National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress.

The United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.

An act of the U.S. Congress designated the United States Coast Guard, begun in 1790, as a military branch.

The controversial film, The Birth of a Nation, directed by D. W. Griffith, premiered in Los Angeles.

In Washington, D.C. the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was put into place.

NACA, the predecessor of NASA, was founded.

The U.S. submarine F-4 sank off Hawaii; 21 were killed.

Babe Ruth hit his first career home run off of Jack Warhop.

The RMS Lusitania was sunk on passage from New York to Britain by a German U-boat, killing 1,198.

Lusitania
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