— Flannery O’Connor
Archive for August, 2011
— Flannery O’Connor
“’til that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man. When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle, I saw the mystery, the unspeakable wrongness of cutting a life short while it is in full tide. He and we were a party of men walking together, seeing, hearing, feeling, understanding the same world and in two minutes, with a sudden snap, one of us would gone—one mind less, one world less.”
Reflections on George Orwell’s A Hanging, from The American Conservative:
“Former Vice President Dick Cheney was given a multi-million-dollar contract to write a book about his political career. According to Cheney’s media hype, the book, called In My Time, will have “heads exploding all over Washington.” The Darth Vader of the Bush administration offers no apologies and feels no remorse. But peace activists around the country are stealthily gearing up to visit bookstores, grab a stack of books, and deposit them where they belong — the crime section.”
(Thanks to Fr Gregory)
My friends Dave and Jeannie live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a few miles from the coast. When I called yesterday and talked to Jeannie she told me that last week had begun with an earthquake. Then, a few days later, a tornado touched down near their house. And the week ended with a hurricane blowing through!
I talked with a friend who lives near the coast of Maryland yesterday. She and her children had left for the hurricane, while her husband stuck it out at home. There was no damage, and it turned out to be anticlimactic. They did not even lose power.
I realize that for those who are dealing with floods and power outages that this is no fun, and for those who lost loved ones this is tragic, but compared to predictions of “the storm of the century” and images of a Katrina-like disaster in New York and DC we were spared. Deaths are apparently in the tens, not the thousands. Thanks be to God that the east coast got off so lightly, and prayers for those who have been affected by the storm
I wrote the other day about early Fleetwood Mac, which had little in common besides the name with later incarnations of the band. This is a lovely tune by Peter Green, from his solo career: