Saturday, November 15, 2008

123 Meme

Emily tagged me for the 123 meme, which I played once before, but will enjoy doing again. The rules: pick up the book nearest you and:

1. turn to page 123,
2. count the first five sentences,
3. post the following three sentences.

The book nearest me at the moment is A Basket of Chips. It's a collection of poems by my great-grandfather, Joseph Bert Smiley. On page 23 is "Lament of the Dying Red Man," and I'm afraid it's a bit - um, well, see for yourself. Not counting the first 5 sentences, here's the rest of the poem.

Never again will my fair Indian roses
Dance in the thinnest of barbarous clotheses -
Paint on their faces and rings in their noses,
Never, Oh, never again.

Never again will I glide o'er the water,
Never, Oh, never again,
And make Meechee paddle the way that I taught 'er,
Never, Oh, never again.
Never again will my spirit of honor
Proudly exult at the work heaped upon her,
The Great Spirit whispers that I am a goner -
Never, Oh, never again.

If you have read this, you are tagged. 'Fess up; what reading material is nearest you right now?


Fr. Gregory Hogg said...

"If, then, I get the right idea about poverty, or disease, or not holding office, am I not satisfied? Will they not be helpful to me? How, then, would you have me seek any longer amongst externals for things evil and things good?"--Epictetus, Discourses 3.20.17

I just worked through Epictetus with one of my Intro classes. He is my favorite philosopher.

Mairs said...

Ah excellent! I have the book beside me so that I could blog about it - you'll find the post on Thoughts...

Smart Moves by Carla Hannaford

Brain Gym and other movements, like walking, dancing, skipping, twirling, Tai Chi, Yoga, and even rough and tumble play appear to contribute the minor adjustments necessary to enable the system to proceed with the learning process. Dr. Dee Coulter, a cognitive specialist and neuroscience educator who has worked extensively with learning difficulties, refers to these minor adjustments as micro-interventions. She explains that these bring about major change because they supply the necessary integration and also reverse the expectation of failure.

Monica said...

Mine is laughable but not because it is witty. Just geeky.