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About Sunday 23 July 1665

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The Stranger, by Leonard Cohen

It's true that all the men you knew were dealers
who said they were through with dealing
Every time you gave them shelter
I know that kind of man
It's hard to hold the hand of anyone
who is reaching for the sky just to surrender,
who is reaching for the sky just to surrender.
And then sweeping up the jokers that he left behind
you find he did not leave you very much
not even laughter
Like any dealer he was watching for the card
that is so high and wild
he'll never need to deal another
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger

And then leaning on your window sill
he'll say one day you caused his will
to weaken with your love and warmth and shelter
And then taking from his wallet
an old schedule of trains, he'll say
I told you when I came I was a stranger
I told you when I came I was a stranger.

But now another stranger seems
to want you to ignore his dreams
as though they were the burden of some other
O you've seen that man before
his golden arm dispatching cards
but now it's rusted from the elbows to the finger
And he wants to trade the game he plays for shelter
Yes he wants to trade the game he knows for shelter.

Ah you hate to see another tired man
lay down his hand
like he was giving up the holy game of poker
And while he talks his dreams to sleep
you notice there's a highway
that is curling up like smoke above his shoulder.
It is curling just like smoke above his shoulder.

You tell him to come in sit down
but something makes you turn around
The door is open you can't close your shelter
You try the handle of the road
It opens do not be afraid
It's you my love, you who are the stranger
It's you my love, you who are the stranger.

Well, I've been waiting, I was sure
we'd meet between the trains we're waiting for
I think it's time to board another
Please understand, I never had a secret chart
to get me to the heart of this
or any other matter
When he talks like this
you don't know what he's after
When he speaks like this,
you don't know what he's after.

Let's meet tomorrow if you choose
upon the shore, beneath the bridge
that they are building on some endless river
Then he leaves the platform
for the sleeping car that's warm
You realize, he's only advertising one more shelter
And it comes to you, he never was a stranger
And you say ok the bridge or someplace later.

And then sweeping up the jokers that he left behind ...

And leaning on your window sill ...

I told you when I came I was a stranger.

About Thursday 13 April 1665

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As Cicero so accurately observed, "Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit."

(Almost nobody dances sober unless, of course, he is insane.)

About Saturday 1 April 1665

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Perhaps Pepys was made president of the Royal Society for the same reason a certain lawyer in my jurisdiction was made president of the local bar association, to wit: nobody else wanted the job.

About Monday 15 August 1664

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Another colorful euphemism used in the U.S. to describe what I gather the British call "being up the spout" is "looking for pups." Occasionally, jests referencing the ingestion of watermelon seeds are to be heard.

About Tuesday 12 July 1664

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Poor Sam, not knowing how to dine alone. Pity he didn't have access to Bruce Jay Friedman's "Lonely Guy's Guide to Life."

About Saturday 19 March 1663/64

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RE the chicken egg dish, Paul Simon has said that his song Mother Child Reunion was inspired by a dish on the menu at a Chinese restaurant.

About Tuesday 23 February 1663/64

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"In researching this phrase the trail led to finding it had been given a (faux) book, chapter and verse as though it were Biblical: Hezekiah 6:1.

This is what some would call a “phantom scripture”. It is circulated as if it were Biblical and application should be hastened to allow it to become part of our belief system.

This phrase or precept is not found in the scriptures. Hezekiah is in the Bible. He was the King of Judah for twenty-nine years, but this phrase, is unbiblical.

Some attribute this quote to Ben Franklin printed in Poor Richard’s Almanac in 1757. Others suggest it originated from Algernon Sydney in 1698 in an article titled, Discourses Concerning Government. Going back further yet, it is eerily similar to Aesop’s Fable called, Hercules and the Wagoneer, that states, “The gods help them that help themselves.” Regardless of its origination, it is in opposition to the Word of God except for a sprinkle of truism. That being, this is not to advocate that we have a pass for inactivity. We are accountable for being obedient to God."

--From "The Hallowed Path" blog