Never tell me the odds!
Happy birthday to the Duke, who said:
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself into our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”
John Wayne, May 26, 1907 — June 11, 1979
And yesterday was the birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote:
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, May 25, 1803 — April 27, 1882
I love you, sis.
My five favorite chocolates:
The regional government in Calabria, Italy, has approved a bill that would reduce prison sentences in exchange for reading books: For certain inmates, sentences would be cut three days per book. The bill will now go to the Italian Parliament. The bill was inspired by “Redemption Through Reading,” a similar program that’s been successful in Brazil’s overcrowded prisons.
My five favorite Velociraptor Photoshops:
My five favorite Beach Boys songs:
Here are five of my favorite shows which my wife watches that I would never admit I enjoy:
Today is the birthday of Roy Orbison (1936), born in Vernon, Texas, to Orbie Lee, a mechanic, and Nadine, a nurse.
One day, during a songwriting session with his partner Bill Dees, Orbison asked his wife, Claudette Frady Orbison, if she needed any money for her upcoming trip to Nashville. Dees remarked, “Pretty woman never needs any money.” Forty minutes later, Orbison’s most famous hit, Oh, Pretty Woman, had been written.
His fame declined after that until he formed the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty in 1988. Orbison died of a heart attack in December of that year, about six weeks after the band’s first album was released.
from The Writer’s Almanac
There are ninety-three tracks from John Lennon’s solo career in my iTunes library. Here are my five favorites:
The other eighty-seven are pretty awesome, too. You should listen to them all.
“The appeal seems universal. To social historians it is a microcosm of the early 1900s. To nautical enthusiasts it is the ultimate shipwreck. To students of human nature it is an endlessly fascinating laboratory. For lovers of nostalgia it has the allure of yesterday. For daydreamers it has all those might-have-beens.”
Walter Lord, on the tale of the RMS Titanic