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Mending Wall by Robert Frost -- Still Relevant

These times remind me of how we think. Or don't.

This reading is the most relevant, spirited interpretation I've seen.

The last eight lines are my favorite.

The Mending Wall

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,

To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;

And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.

And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
"Stay where you are until our backs are turned!"
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.

Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.

My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, "Good fences make good neighbors."

Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
"Why do they make good neighbours? Isn't it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.

Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,

That wants it down." I could say "Elves" to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top

In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,

And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

You've Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind) -- Buffy St. Marie and Tanya Tagaq

To keep up the fight in us. (headphones and crankin' it up are recommended)


Go, Hakeem!

New Word For 2019: Pelosi

From the dictionary:


: an implement for protection
When they attacked, we pulled out our semi-automatic pelosi's.

A good pelosification cures what ails a body politic.

pel·o-si, pel-o-si-ing, pel·o-sied...

transitive verb
: to attack, strike, or fell with or as if with a pelosi

He went down as if he'd been pelosied.

pelosiful, pelositous

There were national celebrations full of pelositous fun.

Men and women feel pelosiful for such leadership.


Parity and good governance are in the House!

102 women from 46 states
-- two Native American
-- two Muslim
-- four Latinas(I think);
-- mostly lawyers sprinkled by Harvard, Georgetown degrees;
-- mostly masters degrees;
-- military officers, combat vets (one helicopter pilot)
-- engineers
-- executives.

All of America should be extremely proud.

La lucha continua.

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