Success to sailors’ wives & greasy luck to whalers.*

Today’s the big party, and though I’ll be toasting Herman Melville from the north country, I’ll be there in spirit.

The Essex and the Sperm Whale 

I hope someone will read this quote from Moby-Dick on my behalf.

“…and Heaven have mercy on us all – Presbyterians and Pagans alike – for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.”

Though the passage is taken out of context, we can all relate to the sentiment (at least the cracked part), if not to one another.  Let us remember that we’re all in need of God’s mercy, and act accordingly!

*Saying inscribed on a scrimshaw. The whole thing reads, “Death to the living, long life to the killers, success to sailors’ wives, and greasy luck to whalers” (source: New England Today).