“Commending a right thing is a cheap substitute for doing it, with
which we are too apt to satisfy ourselves."-- British writer-philanthropist Hannah More (1745-1833), Coelebs in Search of a Wife: Comprehending
Observations on Domestic Habits and Manners, Religion and Morals (1810)
“The desert is a place where expectations are turned
upside down –and the ego is forced to surrender its death grip on our lives.
When this happens, the holy water flows into us and new growth begins.”-- Lyn
Holley Doucet, Water From Stones: An Inner Journey(2001)
“I was the best man to a wedding one time, that was
pretty good. Pretty good title, I thought, ‘best man.’ I thought it was a bit
much. I thought we'd have the groom and a pretty good man. That's more than
enough. If I'm the best man, why is she marrying him?”—Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld: "I’m Telling You for the Last Time" (1998)
This morning, on my way to work at Rockefeller
Center, I headed toward the Fox News Building more out of idle curiosity than
anything else. I heard some music coming from that direction, and thought I’d
see what it was all about.
Had I known earlier that it was the Doobie Brothers, appearing on Fox and
Friends as part of its All-American Summer Concert Series, I would have made an
effort to get there much sooner. I was even able to get relatively close to the
stage—something that was impossible when, several years ago, I watched a Bruce
Springsteen Friday morning appearance with the E Street Band, on the Today Show.
The group sounded sharp on “China Grove,” one of my
favorite tunes of theirs. I stayed around for another song, taking a few more
pictures until, much to my deep regret, I headed across the street to the pile
of work awaiting me at my office.
Walking away, I heard a pair of women talking about
the show. I wasn’t following the conversation closely, but I did pick up
phrases such as “The Seventies,” “long hair,” and “moustaches,” followed by
giggles. As you can tell from the accompanying image of band members John
Cowan, Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston, those images persist, like their
evergreen hit “Long Train Running.”
Two weeks from today, I intend to catch in concert in upstate New York Michael McDonald, who took the Doobies in a somewhat different direction in the late Seventies and early Eighties before going solo. It will be an interesting contrast with the group members who preceded him, then returned.
“'Poor Constance was left alone a great deal,' said
Miss Doggett.'In many ways, of course,
Mr. Driver is a very charming man. They say, though, that men only want one thing -- that's the truth of the
matter.' Miss Doggett again looked puzzled; it was if she had heard that men
only wanted one thing, but had forgotten for the moment what it was.”—Barbara
Pym, Jane and Prudence: A Novel (1953)
I'm a librarian (no, NOT a "cybrarian" or "information scientist" or any of the other trendy terms the profession has come up with), as well as a freelance writer/researcher; my political leanings are contrarian, much to the dismay of friends on the left and right, and so I will give anyone looking for my vote exactly what they deserve -- the back of my hand