A few interesting stories have piled up that have provoked some thoughts but my time’s been full on the social front all weekend — BBQ party last night, two friends’ daughter’s baptism this morning — so here’s some links and observations:
- Richard Dvorin’s story is a constant reminder that we all must remember the dead, and that he does so in his own way for the most personal of reasons. It’s a burden that I could not imagine easily carrying, especially given his feelings about what he could have done differently in the past.
- Jeremy Hall strikes me as an upstanding guy, on balance. Freddy J. Welborn comes across as a nervous coward. The truth is probably far more nuanced, but you know, I would think I’d have better things to do while serving in Iraq than acting the way Welborn did.
- Ojai has a ‘pastie lady.’ Someone, somewhere, is already developing the bad movie ripoff.
- So there’s supposed to be something called a ‘recession’ diet at work in America. Cute and all but it should be remembered that things are a lot more uncertain elsewhere. For my part, I’m sticking with what I’ve already tried to put into place with home cooking, local growing and more — and at present my expenses haven’t changed at all. Yet.
- Finally, having talked about Neil Gaiman and Stardust the other day, my friend Jen Vineyard sent along an interview she did with him just the other day for MTV. Among other things it clarifies he was more involved with Stardust than I realized — probably the reason why it worked more than it didn’t — and that he’s got a lot on his plate coming up. I’m all for it!