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  •  I feels to me like you speak a different dialect (3+ / 0-)

    than I do. Of course, you do, you write poetically. But I like the energy of your writing. You overflow with joy - even when your subject doesn't seem joyful, you have an exuberance, like Whitman did.

    html is a long road to travel, and I've only gone a few steps. One day I'll have different fonts, and pictures...until one day I'll make doves fly out of your screen.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 03:16:11 PM PST

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    •  Embedding photos is actually quite simple (3+ / 0-)
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      Rigs at night Galveston

      If you have them on a photo-sharing site like Flickr. All you need to do is click on the picture of yours, click on "share" which will give you options as to what size you want, copy the code in the box, and paste it in your comment or diary.

      Here's a shot of Galveston with offshore oil drilling rigs towed in for repairs. Some would love to see our entire Gulf Coast and other waters full of these.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 03:26:10 PM PST

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    •  My dear Brecht, seems to me, the reason (2+ / 0-)
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      I write with a feeling of pleasure
      glowing behind my words,
      is the pleasure I'm hoping for as I write them,
      and I got that pleasure
      when I read these words:

       It feels to me like you speak a different dialect
      than I do. Of course, you do, you write poetically. But I like the energy of your writing. You overflow with joy - even when your subject doesn't seem joyful, you have an exuberance, like Whitman did.  

      So now I'm another Walt Whitman?

      I'm feeling the pleasure,
      flowing from those words,
      into my body.

      I don't think I'll ever desire the drugs others like so much;
      I get high on moments like this.

      Thanks again.

      •  You're welcome. You're very amiable. (2+ / 0-)

        I share your pleasure in communication, and in just juggling with words.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 06:38:41 PM PST

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        •  Thanks again. Yes, word juggling. And, what's (2+ / 0-)
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          fun is,
          choosing words from the toolbox,
          and then juggling them,
          until the holes are drilled,
          just about right,
          and the screws,
          or the bolts,
          are put in place,
          and the nuts are cinched up tight,
          and the whole thing is solid,
          and seems graceful.

          That's one way to look at art.

          I went to auto mechanic's vo-tech school,
          and I got an 'A'.

          I never had a career as an auto mechanic,
          but I feel a strong attraction to the intuitive 'rightness'
          of most machines and tools I've seen.

          That's why I used the tool metaphor for writing.

          Did you read my diary about repairing a table?

          I just realized, I didn't look at your Books Go Boom diary yet.

          in the middle of writing this,
          I opened another window,
          and read your diary.

          I grew up in Salina, Kansas,
          in a nice neighborhood,
          similar to the fictional Leave it to Beaver,
          and similar to your suburb of Cleveland.

          I've never been outside the USA,
          and the only time,
          since 1965,
          when we moved from Kansas City to Salina,
          the only time I wasn't living literally in Kansas
          was the ten years my first wife, Pam, and I
          lived in the Houston,
          Texas area,
          from 1989 to 1999.

          Thanks for your assessment of Florence;
          I've heard that some of the most beautiful spots in the world,
          as rated by folks who've been all over the world,
          are in Italy.

          as I look at the big picture,
          I put a lot of weight on a study that took some years,
          and rated different places
          on how happy the people are who live there.

          I suppose an American who's new to a place
          might feel happier there than a native,
          but the study rated Italians as the least happy,
          and the Danish as the happiest.

          since my new bride, Tonia, has family here in Wichita,
          and wants to live near family,
          I want to make Wichita more like Copenhagen.

          But I'm fascinated by your story,
          and I'm glad you had a good time in Florence,
          as a child.

          And, The Discoverers sounds more exciting than
          The Creators.

          I like Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein;
          I hope they're in the book.

          I like practical ideas,
          like Franklin's little book,
          for writing goals and organizing thoughts,
          like Einstein's assessment
          that folks tend to use very little of their brain power.

          Thanks again.

          •  I read about strengthening your table. (1+ / 0-)
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            It's good you have Tonia to look after you, and vice versa.

            It's not so hard to be happy when you're eight, and haven't learned yet to worry too much. But what went Boom for me about Florence wasn't that the Italians were happier, just that they lived in a richer sensual environment. And I like change and adventure. You probably already got that from the diary.

            I went to Copenhagen one summer, long ago, and it was pretty magical too - and very nice people.

            So I checked The Discoverers & The Creators. They each mention both Einstein and Franklin several times. But the only chunk (eight pages) is on Franklin, in The Creators - because of his autobiography.

            Franklin never finished high-school; he went to work, I think, printing with his brother. So when he got to flying a kite in a storm, he had no book-knowledge of Physics. But for a couple of years he was tinkering, and he made these impressive discoveries about electricity. So all these Europeans, who marveled at what he'd done, sent him physics text-books, to help him out.

            Within a couple of years Franklin caught up with established physics. He no longer had to figure it out for himself. He made no more discoveries after that.

            "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

            by Brecht on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:34:52 PM PST

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            •  Thank you. I have a copy of Franklin's (2+ / 0-)
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              and a biography of him written recently,
              The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin.

              I've only read snippets of either one,
              but from the little I've read,
              I gather that he was the equivalent,
              in his day,
              of a respected scientist,
              (although what you just told me puts a different angle on that)
              and a modern billionaire.

              As I understand,
              he owned a paper mill and a printing press,
              when the printed word was the most advanced media around.

              As I understand,
              he persuaded the British colonial government
              to use paper money,
              as the Chinese had done long before.

              I'm supposing he got the contract to print the money.

              I read somewhere that he was also the innovator
              responsible for the free standing 'Franklin' stove,
              of course,
              and the whole idea of having
              fire departments,
              and police departments,
              and fire insurance for homes.

              And daylight savings time.

              It makes sense that his picture is on the one hundred dollar bill,
              the most popular currency in the world.

              (Folks around the world use American hundreds when dealing in
              illegal drugs, guns and sex slaves, so I've heard.)

              Fascinating character.

              I wish I could have as much influence on the world,

              But he was a big fish in a little pond,
              since all human civilization was a little pond,
              in the seventeen hundreds.

              Seems to me.

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