Tuesday, July 29, 2008

a town called heartbreak

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.

America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 -1859) french political thinker and historian

isn't it magical that alexis de tocqueville and the contemporary historian- filmmaker ken burns have the same 29 july birthday!

I wonder if de tocqueville stayed at the dunham tavern when he visited cleveland?

singer-songwriter patti scialfa also was born on july 29th in honor of alexis visit to cleveland today's song is patti's a town called heartbreak


tut-tut said...

Isn't Patti married to Bruce?

Megan said...


R.L. Bourges said...

petite souris: interesting combination of people, here! Since we have a Frenchman in the lot, let me do my little bit on de Tocqueville who is a perfect illustration of people (and ideas) being so many different shades of grey.

While he is well known in the States for his "Democracy in America", over here, he is also known for his views on Algeria which the French were colonizing at the time. de Tocqueville considered that it was perfectly fine to destroy the indigeneous populations in Algeria, which doesn't sit as well as his more famous views on democracy...

Don't you wish people were simpler? I do ...starting with myself :-)


mouse (aka kimy) said...

tut - that she is! and was/is part of the e street band - bruce was married before patti, hopefully it was an amiable break-up - I'm not very verse in celeb gossip.

megan - thanks!

rlb...ah humans, we are fraught with contradictions and foibles, aren't we? complexity in people is fine with me, as long as there's no meanness and folks are honest and compassionate. what I don't care for is unnecessary or undue drama, grok? aspiring toward simplicity in many things is a very noble pursuit, n'est-ce pas?

alicesg said...

Very interesting. The museum looked like a cozy home. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Squirrel said...

I wonder if de Tocqueville wore a toque?

Unknown said...

I love that shot of the Museum - what a gorgeous building.