Monday, July 20, 2009

Doing what you like 2

So, my father's got me into reading biographies, or at least a couple of good ones at any rate.

The odd thing is that the lives of two former presidents, one a war hero the other a lawyer, have helped me resolve the dilemma of duty vs. the apparent greater efficacy of doing what you want.

As I stated in a previous posting, setting out to do the right thing has gotten me into trouble more than once, while doing what I wanted to do in life resulted in a productive and happy synergy.

After having read Korda's Ike and David McCullough's John Adams, it seems to me that there are those who people whose life dreams coincide with what we consider civic or national duty. Adams and Eisenhower were both ambitious and driven by a strong sense of public service. That sense of duty seems to have kept them in their chosen careers and in pursuit of their ultimate ambitions during times of extreme difficulty, even when they were neglected or scorned by both the political establishment and the nation that they were serving. In the end, both seemed happier for having stuck it out.

The same holds true of people below the level of "great men." There are those whose sense of obligation to the greater good matches their life's dream at the level of administrators, teachers, policemen and so on. These are the people who make the world go round, or at least, in my view, who keep it on track for the rest of us.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A "we are living in the future" moment

I can now watch my favorite webcomic artist working in real time out on the East Coast. I can only imagine what I would have made of this as a kid, back when fax machines were cutting edge.

It takes him about forty seconds to get going in this recorded sequence

It's not as profound as downloading six hours of my favorite music on to an inch-wide MP3 player that fits nicely in my wallet. Still, each month seams to bring some headline or moment or the occasional purchase that leaves me feeling that the future is here.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Cherry season out in the Columbia Gorge

The shade garden I helped install last fall

Garden cat

Garden cat eat'n ur camera lanyard

Rows and rows of bings.

Black Beauty styles for the camera

Twilight falls...

One last shot of the mountain

Pie cherries


Ready for the oven