September 17th, 2012

good news

Weighty matters

Finally stepped on the scales for the first time in three weeks or so. Wasn't looking forward to it, but got a pleasant surprise. I've actually lost two pounds and am maintaining my target weight of 220 lb. Yay! for me.

How are things in Gort na Cloca Mora?

I'm reading The Crock of Gold by James Stephens. I've had the book for years, even started it once. Couldn't get through it. Too slow, too discursive.

Well, it does take a lot of attention to read. It's a funny book, but it's also very "thoughty." The main character is a Philosopher, and many of the other characters are never too busy to address themselves to the nature of reality and the problems of existence. It's very Irish.

As a younger man, I didn't have the patience for this book. I'm finding it now to be a treat.

BTW, the title of this post relates to the song, "How are things in Glocca Morra?" from the musical Finian's Rainbow. The name of the village that Finian comes from in Ireland is ultimately derived from the Leprechauns' home in Stephens's novel, Gort na Cloca Mora.

Male and female wisdom

These were favourite maxims with [the two Philosophers]:
You must be fit to give before you can be fit to receive.
Knowledge becomes lumber in a week, therefore, get rid of it.
The box must be emptied before it can be refilled.
Refilling is progress.
A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust.

The Grey Woman and the Thin Woman [wives of the two Philosophers], however, held opinions contrary to these, and their maxims also were different:
A secret is a weapon and a friend.
Man is God's secret, Power is man's secret, Sex is woman's secret.
By having much you are fitted to have more.
There is always room in the box.
The art of packing is the last lecture of wisdom.
The scalp of your enemy is progress.

-- James Stepehens, The Crock of Gold