April 6th, 2006


Personal: Sick; Simon

Sick all day today. Horrible headache, alternating from my head feeling filled with cement, filled with helium, and then just pulsing in my sinuses. And then again. I've been asleep for ages and heading back.

I'm also somehow able to be very excited–in a quiet, sick way–to have discovered that our great songsmith is coming forth with a new collection: the best kind of Surprise.

And I believe in the future
We shall suffer no more.
Maybe not in my lifetime,
But in yours I feel sure.
Song dogs barking at the break of dawn
Lightning pushes the edges of a thunderstorm
And these streets
Quiet as a sleeping army
Send their battered dreams to heaven,
To heaven
For the mother’s restless son
Who is a witness to–
Who is a warrior
Who denies his urge to break and run

Who says: Hard times?
I’m used to them.
The speeding planet burns?
I’m used to that.
My life’s so common it disappears.
And sometimes even music
Cannot substitute for tears
–Paul Simon
"The Cool, Cool River"
from the album The Rhythm of the Saints
Loyola Faculty Portrait

Random: Today's "Wiki Meme" Rage...

Go to Wikipedia, look up your birth day (minus year), and chose 3 facts, 2 births and a death:

(April 25th – The Feast of St. Mark)

(I couldn't decide between these first five: they all appeal:)

1719 - Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is published.
1944 - The United Negro College Fund is incorporated.
1945 - Elbe Day: United States and Russian troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two, a milestone in the approaching end of World War II in Europe.
1945 - Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations.
1953 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid describing the double helix structure of DNA.

1214 - Saint King Louis IX of France (d. 1270) (the Saint Louis)
1908 - Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (d. 1965)

1770 - Jean-Antoine Nollet, French abbot and physicist (b. 1700) (A father of electrical science, he must not have gotten the memo from the American press that science and religion are incompatible....)
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