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Monday, May 01, 2006


Monday Morning Soliloquies

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) * Late Spring

He was a giant. I could imagine the reaction of the rapacious champions of laissez faire who now call the shots about economic policies of the current administration. Sacrilegious....socialist or worse! Bart Barnes in the Post:"One of the most influential was "The Affluent Society" (1958), which argued that overproduction of consumer goods was harming the public sector and depriving Americans of such benefits as clean air, clean streets, good schools and support for the arts." Galbraith was the right person for the time when he was appointed by President Kennedy as the U.S. Ambassador to India.

Sunny and warm days at last. For us in the San Francisco Bay area it felt as though the cold and rainy days would never end. They continued a month beyond the spring solstice. Now it feels like spring and it is a good feeling.

©Ian Britton, Freefoto.com


Nothing is so beautiful as spring--
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush
Thrush's eggs look like little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing:
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy ?
A strain of earth's sweet being in the beginning...
--Gerard Manley Hopkins

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