dual personalities

Old man take a look at [your] life

Okay, get this–today is Neil Young’s birthday

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and he is seventy years old!

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Well, the fact that he is old, makes me feel old. Zut alors, look at how the time goes past!*

Harvest, you will recall, was the #1 best-selling album in the U.S. in 1972 when I was in the 10th grade. Even I owned it, which is saying something.

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So cut me some slack.

Happy birthday, Neil. You’re kind of a tool and a preachy one at that, but I’ll toast you tonight anyway and your survival to the ripe old age of 70.

 *Clever inclusion of NY lyric

“Drawing no dividend from time’s to-morrows”*

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Today in 1921 the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated by President Warren G. Harding at Arlington Cemetery.

And today is Veterans Day. So we remember American veterans, known and unknown.

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Guy Russell Chamberlin and Arthur Newell Chamberlin at home in Burlington, Vermont pre-WWI

Here’s to two brothers who went to war–one came back and the other did not.

We’ll toast our grandfather Arthur and his brother Guy, our father Newell,  all our other ancestors who served their country, and indeed, all veterans.

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O Lord God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the [military] of our country. Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

–BCP, 1928

Let’s all take a moment.

*Siegfried Sassoon, “Dreamers”