Thursday, November 19, 2009
Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincoln
The Lincoln Forum is in progress in Gettybsburg. I long to be there; Remembrance Day is this weekend and a legion of friends are/will be among the throngs. Carol Neuman Waski called last night and she promises to call and report live from the festivities this weekend. There will be much speechifying and wreath-laying and a little imbibing. Damn! I hate to miss it!
In the meantime, pay homage to our 16th president by visiting http://www.historynet.com/putting-a-face-on-the-burden-of-war-lincoln-face-morph.htm. We all look in our mirrors with horror at how we've aged; this remarkable series of images demonstrates how much Lincoln aged during the worrisome years of leading the country through horrific war.
(Illustration by Wendell Minor, The Atlantic Monthly, for Garry Wills's article, "Lincoln's Greatest Speech." Read the article while you're there. It's very insightful.
John Arnold on Kansas Public Radio
John Arnold delivers a brilliant commentary on KANU, Kansas Public Radio, this morning at 6:30 and 8:35. John is the author of Fallback Position and asserts we should all have one. Right now, listening to Paul Brown, my old friend, on NPR. Thank God for public radio!!!!