On the Susan Boyle UTube phenomenon
"Possibly we overrate Miss Boyle's accomplishment, for what has she proved but that an individual can aspire, that a cheerful perseverance can prevail, that an imprisoning mold can be cast off and that life, after all, can be fair."
"One dream is realized, and twenty million other dreams are fetched from the closet, dusted off and tried on again for size."
"Is it a sin to share vicariously the shining moment of another? Hardly, for the triumph of one underdog is a triumph for the species. To paraphrase the poet, Send not to know for whom the crowd cheers, it cheers for thee."
When Death Comes For Us
When Death comes for us
may our lives be already safely stored away
in the minds and hearts and memories of those we have loved,
and in the happiness and well-being of all we have helped,
and may death find no life to take from us
but shuffle off defeated,
having relieved us only of our dying.
A stray reverie
"I remember Halloweens of long ago and a child in a ghost costume, and somehow it seems more real to me than the memory of long-ago Christmases and a ghost in a child costume."
~~ Robert Brault