Taking a Moment to Pause and Reflect 2019

Try to remember the kind of September

When life was slow and oh, so mellow.

Try to remember the kind of September

When grass was green and grain was yellow.

-“Try to Remember,” from The Fantasticks.

I’m still amazed by how time passes, and how sometimes it feels like everything is okay. But, sometimes, when the sky is that blue like it was on that day, and if there was some hint of memory of what was, I start feeling sad.

As done before, some photos:

Above that photo I had taken some years ago at the Brooklyn Promenade.
I had also taken this photo a couple of years ago at the Brooklyn Promenade.
I took this one on Sept. 10, 2012, via my old phone.
Photo that I took on Sept. 10, 2012, via my old phone.

See here for last year’s post, here on triscribe.com.

Take a moment to pause and reflect, and thanks for being here.

(cross-posted at sswslitinmotion.tumblr.com)

The Duel on July 11

On this day in 1804, Alexander Hamilton, former US Secretary of Treasury, and Vice President Aaron Burr went out to Weehawken, NJ, to do a duel (where it was legal to do, because gentlemen weren’t supposed to do that in NYC in those days). Hamilton had lost his eldest son to a duel in NJ only a few years earlier. Hamilton had put on his spectacles, and history proceeded; he was mortally wounded, and he is buried over at Trinity Church in downtown.

(photo I took of Trinity Church, back on March 27, 2010).

Burr remained a complicated figure.

The whole thing became a Broadway musical more than 200 years later. Ideas of masculinity, honor, and politics didn’t mix all that well in those days. But, these days, I wonder if having a little more honor might do a lot more good.

(cross-posted at sswslitinmotion.tumblr.com)

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2019!

Happy APA Heritage Month 2019! (or AAPI or APIA, for that matter).

NBC NewsNBC Asian America section has a couple of interesting features on May 1, 2019:

An Asian Pacific American Heritage Month reading list: Nonfiction” by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, with a deep list of recent non-fiction books or other writings by and about APAs.

And “An Asian Pacific American Heritage Month reading list: Fiction” by Lakshmi Gandhi, with a deep list of recent fiction books, graphic novels, or other writings by and about APAs.

Obviously, my too-long, perpetual never-ending to-read list will continue to grow… — ssw15

(cross-posted at sswslitinmotion.tumblr.com)