April 30th, 2010

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

From Twitter 04-29-2010

  • 10:05:21: Great interview with Robin McKinley: http://speculativebookreview.blogspot.com/2010/04/interview-robin-mckinley.html
  • 10:25:13: Evasive tactics by Book III...idea for totally different book inserted on the way home Monday, and it won't let go. 1500 wds so far.
  • 11:23:36: Book III yielding. Another 1500+ words in past two days and story just complicated itself in a good way. Should hit 2K today.
  • 20:59:27: And lo, a funny story for a private situation came rolling out of my pen (yes, pen; I was writing in exercise book in the car) this evening.
  • 21:00:24: Gulf Coast Toads are trilling deliriously in the lily pond. Not exactly melodious, but a sound of spring.
  • 21:15:51: Toads trilling on F-sharp and E, back and forth. Is this males and females? Dominant and subordinate males? Curiosity itches.
  • 21:36:14: New post about progress (and Book III's resistance) up at http://www.paksworld.com/blog/

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Bill Moyers

I've watched Bill Moyers off and on (not every week; my schedule doesn't allow it) on PBS for decades.  Tonight was his farewell broadcast, and it was vintage Moyers.  Another one of my navigational beacons has turned off.    At least he's still alive this night, unlike some of the others.  Most of the others.  

As crude oil pours into the Gulf of Mexico...as a stupid blankety-blank border fence closes off access to a wildlife refuge in South Texas paid for by the gifts of volunteers to save rare species...as the beauty and natural resources and freedom for individuals are cramped and squeezed and abraded...it's sad to see Bill Moyers retire. 

I didn't always agree with him, especially when I was younger.  And yet...a man of warmth, integrity, generosity.  A man who believes passionately in the worth of people as individuals...in democracy...in freedom.

I've never met him.   I wish I could.