Ponder This 5/28/17

Omar El Akkad – Harper’s Index – John Burroughs – Kahlil Gibran – The Grifters – Keb Mo – Mignon McLaughlin

This is the second post of a new feature in the dkhometree blog: occasional posts of quotations I stumbled across and liked.  Sometimes I’ll stick in a DK original.  Up to a dozen quotes in each post.  Not more than two posts per month.  There is a menu item above where you can get a list of all “Ponder This” posts.  You can get a list of all the posts for a particular person by clicking on their names in the tags to the left of each post.

“You look like you really want to kiss me.” – Great line overheard from a TV show I wasn’t watching while doing something else waiting for Call the Midwife to come on.

From Omar El Akkad, journalist with Canada’s Globe and Mail, and author of American War, new book about a civil war arising from anti-environmentalism in 2075, after the coastal cities are already gone:

“Louisiana loses land at the rate of a football field an hour.” -from interview by David Remnick on the New Yorker Radio Hour (Akkad worked in Louisiana as a correspondent for 4 years)

“Hopelessness is no impediment to hope.” – from American War

Who is least likely to be concerned whether they are a credit to their race?  Just asking.

Gallons of diesel fuel that leaked from an Iowa pipeline one day after Donald Trump pledged to build two new pipelines: 46,830
… Factor by which more Americans work in the solar industry than work in fossil fuels: 2
… Percentage increase in IUD prescriptions and procedures in the two months following Donald Trump’s election: 19
… Ratio of the average annual number of deaths in the United States caused by drowning to those caused by gun violence: 1:8
… Of federal research funding for drowning to funding for gun violence: 1:1
… Factor by which sales of George Orwell’s 1984 increased during the three weeks after the presidential inauguration: 96
                 – Harper’s, April 2017

Silence is at least as good as speaking, and listening is better. -dk

From The Art of Seeing, an essay by John Burroughs (1837-1921), the father of modern nature writing: “Nature we always have with us, an inexhaustible storehouse of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind, and fires the imagination,—health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and joy to the soul.”

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts … and in much of your talking thought is half murdered.” — Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet  (My favorite line in that book, which I regard as scriptural.)

From the same book: “Your daily life is your temple and your religion.”

Do not mistake articulate for intelligent, intelligent for wise, wise for realistic, realistic for practical, or practical for profitable. -dk

“He was so crooked he could eat soup with a corkscrew.” – Character Myra played by Annette Bening, spoken to Ray, played by John Cusack, in the 1990 movie The Grifters

You made me a brand new man / but I liked the old me better. – from the song by Keb Mo, Old Me Better

“No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you’ll see why.” – Mignon McLaughlin


1 thought on “Ponder This 5/28/17”

  1. There’s a broad range of moods and topics here, but all worthy – including yours – for this post.

    ” Who is least likely to be concerned whether they are a credit to their race? ” – this one depends on the circumstances.. Indigenous living in a remote setting would certainly not be concerned, but the world is finally realizing just how in tune they are with Mother Earth’s pulse… They would not be concerned about what others thought about them; their concern might be that the snow caps are melting or there are white streaks across the sky as if drawn or shot by an arrow or perhaps the sun isn’t setting where it once did*….

    You probably have fun asking people that question!

    *The sun’s placement is a bit different here, but most likely because the earthquake displaced everything by a few inches or in a few places even more….

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