"But soon I heard the dash of oars,
I heard the pilot's cheer;
My head was turned perforce away
And I saw a boat appear.
The pilot and the pilot's boy,
I heard them coming fast:
Dear Lord in heaven! it was a joy
The dead men could not blast.
I saw a third – I heard his voice:
It is the hermit good!
He singeth loud his godly hymns
That he makes in the wood.
He'll shrieve my soul, he'll wash away
The albatross's blood.
This hermit good lives in that wood
Which slopes down to the sea.
How loudly his sweet voice he rears!
He loves to talk with mariners
That come from a far country.
He kneels at morn, and noon, and eve –
He hath a cushion plump:
It is the moss that wholly hides
The rotted old oak stump.
The skiff boat neared: I heard them talk,
'Why, this is strange, I trow!
Where are those lights so many and fair,
That signal made but now?'
'Strange, by my faith!' the hermit said –
'And they answered not our cheer!
The planks look warped! and see those sails,
How thin they are and sere!
I never saw aught like to them,
Unless perchance it were
Brown skeletons of leaves that lag
My forest-brook along;
When the ivy tod is heavy with snow,
And the owlet whoops to the wolf below,
That eats the she-wolf's young.'
'Dear Lord! it hath a fiendish look,'
The pilot made reply,
'I am a-feared' – 'Push on, push on!'
Said the hermit cheerily.
The boat came closer to the ship,
But I nor spake nor stirred;
The boat came close beneath the ship,
And straight a sound was heard."
Remarkably the doctor was right on schedule to perform the Paracentesis. My only complaint is that the damned hospital is too large and requires too much walking. By the time we got from the check-in to the outpatient surgery area my hips and lower back were in agony. I have spent the day in an inbuprofen daze. Only now has the back spasms subsided. But my trouble is trivial. I was disappointed to see that apparently the doctor did not drain all the liquid. Her abdomen is still very enlarged. She said the doctor told her he took a liter more than last time. Except for her abdomen she is skin and bones and in great pain both physical and emotional.
Generally I abhor Walt Disney productions for the way they tend to cutsify the subjects. But I stumbled across a video named Paperman that without a word stirred my soul. I can only compare it to the opening scenes in the movie “UP”.
I get a daily email for the Texas State Historical Association with an item that happened on this same day in the past. Today included a subject that always short circuits my complete acceptance that science can explain all. How else other than mystery can one explain “The Lady in Blue”.
February 02, 1620
On this day in 1620, María Coronel took religious vows in a Franciscan order of nuns who wore an outer cloak of coarse blue cloth over the traditional brown habit. As a nun, now known as María de Jesús de Agreda, she had numerous mystic experiences (more than 500) in which she thought she visited a distant, unknown land. Read the rest of the story HERE which reveals that a nun in Spain appeared before Indians in Texas and preached the Gospel. Story kinda makes you go HMMM!
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Two Minute Hawaiian Pie
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple in syrup=undrained.
1- 6 oz pkg Instant Vanilla pudding--use dry --no milk
1- 8 oz container sour cream
1- 9inch graham cracker pie crust
1- 8oz Sliced pineapple -drained – slices cut in half
about 8 Marshino cherries--drained
2 tablespoons or so--sweetened flaked coconut
in large bowl combine first four ingredients--mix well--spoon into prepared pie crust
Top with pineapple slices --cherries--& coconut
chill at least 2 hr before serving.==serves six
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John Stuart Mill