Rivers Get Us

Like addicts, in our weakness for the allure of rivers we risk everything to live on their banks.

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Photo 1: At the first official campsite created in the Saranac River Public Use Area of the Sable Highlands Conservation Easement, Goldsmith, NY

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Major revision to previous post, much more info.

After publication of my previous post, Stand up. Change the soul of America, I looked into things a bit more, and found a lot of precious information that I could not resist adding.  I also fixed errors and made improvements.  I also added more of my opinion and inspirational quotes from a great American leader.  Take it or leave it.  If you liked the post the way it was, you will probably like it more now, especially for the historical information.  History buffs, this one’s for you!

Stand up. Change the soul of America.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  –Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

I am lost in the foam at the mouth of America.  It needs to change.  I need to change.  I seek to strengthen my courage to more actively and boldly stand up for my convictions about the soul of America.

There is inspiration to be had, light to follow.  It comes from strange bedfellows.  I propose two of them: Harriet Tubman and Carl Sagan.

First known photo of Harriet Tubman, approx. age 45, acquired by the Library of Congress in 2017. THIS IS ONLY A CROPPED PIECE OF THE ORIGINAL, TO EMPHASIZE HER FACE. CLICK TO SEE THE FULL SEATED PORTRAIT.

Carl Sagan

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Fun Fiddling Gals

Music is not real except as a miracle. It is impossible. It can’t be done. But it happens anyway. The more I explore it, the more impossible it seems.

It’s like learning about oneself, in a sense. Like the beauty in any other kind of nature, beauty in music does what it does to us because of who we are, and yet it shapes us, too. In this case, it is uplifting, with the help of humor and unusual talents for making music in virtually acrobatic ways on violin, cello and piano, with a 3.5-minute, fast-moving medley of short classical and contemporary bits performed by the German group Salut Salon.

Enjoy this break from and into reality. Watch it in full screen for best effect.

(Link to YouTube video: https://youtu.be/BKezUd_xw20)

Explore more Salut Salon music in their YouTube channel.
And visit their website.

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Heroic Black Soldiers’ 54th Infantry

There is a good movie, Glory (1989) about the Black Soldiers’ Heroic 54th Infantry of the U.S. Army in the Civil War, starring Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and Cary Elwes, directed by the acclaimed Edward Zwick. Broderick plays the actual historic person Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment’s commanding officer. The other roles are fictional.

According to Wikipedia:
The screenplay by Kevin Jarre was based on the books Lay This Laurel (1973) by Lincoln Kirstein and One Gallant Rush (1965) by Peter Burchard and the personal letters of Shaw. The film depicts the soldiers of the 54th from the formation of their regiment to their heroic actions at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner.

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