Friday, January 16, 2009

this note's for you

it is a mystery to how it happened, but a couple days ago this little mouse was noticed by blogger as a blog of note! I am eek-less! it has been exciting (and maybe a little bit intimidating) to see such a spike in the number of hits. I am touched, honored and humbled to read the kind comments about my photos and this little mousehole in cyberspace. thank you!

ironically this happens at the same time that I'm off on a wander. yesterday I made my way to metro dc - a trip with two purposes. one I will get in a much desired visit with my parents (at my age having both parents still on this mortal plane is a special blessing indeed) and second to experience first hand the joy, energy and excitement as history continues to be made.
We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events.
gerda lerner (b. 30 april 1920) historian, author and teacher

speaking of history and next week's inauguration, I have to share a picture of john mavroudis' amazing cover which shows historical figures celebrating tuesday's upcoming moment in united states history.

...so the idea was Barack Obama being sworn into office, surrounded by civil rights figures from history. I then thought it would be appropriate to have the late, great Thurgood Marshall do the honors. I then expanded the idea to include civil rights of all kinds (Chief Joseph, Cesar Chavez, Gandhi, Mandela and Biko, Susan B Anthony, Harvey Milk, etc.)... Of course, it can't be all-encompassing. There's not enough pages to accommodate everyone who has helped bring about this wonderful moment. But I wanted to include as many deserving figures as possible. I had my personal favorites: King, Malcolm X, Barbara Jordan, Chief Joseph, Stephen Biko, Henry David Thoreau... many well-known figures appear, but along this journey I found a lot of others that I didn't know too much about... Bayard Rustin, Fred Shuttlesworth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, William Still, Thomas Garrett and Samuel Burris.
above text from here


following up on a conversation with parker yesterday, I dedicate today's song to him (inside joke but a great song and fits with today's musings) unfortunately this is the only vid I could find of neil doing his song this note's for you. there are a slew of various folks covering the tune, but no one does it like neil!

photo: a sculpture in celebration of the year of the rat, cleveland. june 2008

14 comments:

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Congratulations, Mouse! You're blog is most definitely noteworthy.

Enjoy your wander!

Cathy said...

have a wonderful trip! that magazine cover is awesome

tut-tut said...

The blogosphere is richer for you, Mouse.

WV: hosista

Sounds celebratory, doesn't it?

Len said...

You and your blog both deserve the accolade. good work.

Megan said...

I loves meeces to pieces!

Have a wonderful time with your parental units and enjoy the spectacle!

musicjunkie said...

I found your blog via the "blogs of note" and I enjoyed what I read so much, I spent about an hour reading some of your older posts.

Thanks for adding a bright spot to my day =0)

R.L. Bourges said...

oh! a musical mouse! The Mavroudis link is great, thank you. Enjoy yourself, petite souris.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Mouse Medicine is simply food for the soul!

Scamper off now, Mousie, have a sweet break...

Squirrel said...

I agree with A Woman of No (unimportance)

jenclair said...

You are certainly worth "noting."

Have a great trip!

JOSEPH GELB said...

that is an amazing mouse. the face looks really smart and intelligent.

PeacefulWmn9 said...

Congratulations on being in the Blogs of Note section...an honor well-deserved. Scanning through your blog has been a treat!

Karen

Marrin J said...

random fact: did you know that Abraham Lincon was our tallest president?

Wendy said...

Congrats on making blogs of note! Whee! :)