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Footnotes October 1, 2008

Merlin, make me a hawk!

Let me fly away from here!

October Edition of Writely Applied Begins Here

Arches Rocks Yosemite

Look What a Lot of Things There Are To Learn

Slow Down

I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight

Happy Birthday Yosemite National Park

Fragments of an English Tour

October 1 marked the birthdays of actor and singer Richard Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) and British writer William Beckford (1 October 1760 – 2 May 1844).

It is also the birthday of Yosemite National Park since an act of Congress made it so on October 1, 1890.

Photo courtesy of J. L. Johnson and Stockvault.net

I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight

Don’t let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment
That was known as Camelot!

Camelot, Richard Harris 10/1/1930 – 10/25/2002

Richard Harris may not have been an author but to me he was an artist for sure. I became a fan of the Arthurian legend at a young age and have an extensive collection of fiction based upon the tales of Arthur and Camelot. You can’t really think about King Arthur and Camelot without thinking of T.H. White and The Once and Future King which is the inspiration for Camelot. Richard Harris brought that book to life and I was happy to have the pleasure of seeing him as King Arthur in the late 1980’s. Here is but a taste at YouTube.

Look What a Lot of Things There Are To Learn

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then – to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”

The Once and Future KingT.H. White