Friendship, Loss, Quote of the Day

Military Quote of the Day: Embrace the Suck

Yeah.  No.  (As he, himself, might say.) From Wiktionary: Verb: embrace the suck: 1)--military, slang--To consciously accept or appreciate something that is extremely unpleasant but unavoidable. For your sake, dear man, I'm trying.  And I'm halfway there. I won't, won't, won't, embrace it.  But it does bloody suck. Pretty sure that's the best I can… Continue reading Military Quote of the Day: Embrace the Suck

Family, Family Matters, Quote of the Day

Bequeathing a Spirit of Reverence

Those of you who can legitimize the quote mentioned in the title (which is supposed to come from Plato’s Meno), please have at it.  I can’t authenticate it.  However, the spirit of “bequeathment” is entirely appropriate for what I’m about to say, so I’m going with it. “Pity. Pity he never had any children.” And… Continue reading Bequeathing a Spirit of Reverence

Literature, Love, Quote of the Day

Book Recommendation: Corelli’s Mandolin

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness,… Continue reading Book Recommendation: Corelli’s Mandolin

Family, Family Matters, Love, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day

The Last “First”

A few months ago, on the occasion of 2021's Easter Sunday, I wrote a Ricochet post called "First Easter," in which I reflected on the fact that, following the death of a loved one, there's an inevitable year, 365 days, of "firsts."  It begins thus: I learned, many years ago, that when a loved one… Continue reading The Last “First”

Education, History, Politics, Quote of the Day

Regarding Stories

"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” — Rudyard Kipling In the days before it was fashionable for entire generations of people to believe that the world came into being on the day that they were born, and ended on the day that they died, and that it… Continue reading Regarding Stories

Family Matters, Quote of the Day

Summer Daze

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery Eventually, quite boring, I expect.  But I do understand the sentiment.  Even though we’re sweltering here in the mid-90s at the moment, with humidity almost as high, and I’ve assumed my English “summer privilege,” which… Continue reading Summer Daze

Culture, History, Medieval, Quote of the Day

Chivalry as “Art” Rather Than “Nature”

The medieval ideal brought together two things which have no natural tendency to gravitate towards one another.  It brought them together for that very reason.  It taught humility and forbearance to the great warrior because everyone knew by experience how much he usually needed that lesson.  It demanded valour of the urbane and modest man… Continue reading Chivalry as “Art” Rather Than “Nature”

Poetry, Quote of the Day

On Karma

Longfellow called it "Retribution" Though the mills of God grind slowly, Yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience he stands waiting, With exactness grinds he all. I've seen this play out more times than can could possibly be accounted for by chance. As someone else--Thomas Fuller, maybe--said: As virtue is its own reward, so… Continue reading On Karma