Monthly Archives: February, 2011

The Oenophiliac Dissolute’s Lament


I wandered ‘neath the stars, onto the shore, 

And stood there still, gazing at the sea.

The ocean, sand: I needed nothing more,

Except, perhaps, a sip of Burgundy.

I thought of Love, of Death, of friends grown old,

Of Passion’s Universe, of Life, of Time.

But then I noticed it was growing cold;

I really could have used a glass of wine.

With fevered brain, imagination fired,

I wrestled with the questions my soul posed,

But not for long; I soon grew somewhat tired.

I checked my watch: the liquor stores were closed.

Alas, dark sea, Farewell! I turned to go:

At home, glad thought, I had some nice Bordeaux.  

© Paul A. Zink



This one is for you

Composed by Tom Paxton, performed by Judy Collins & Stephen Stills.??

Pining for Lost Love ??? with Grace and Wistful Dignity


The Countess Elvira ponders why she has lost the affections of her husband, in the most achingly beautiful aria in all of opera: "Dove sono i bei momenti???" (sung here by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa).??

Prescient remarks by Mohamed ElBaradei


Excerpt from an address by Mohamed ElBaradei in Spring 2008, as part of the Commencent exercises at my alma mater, Amherst College, where he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree. 

Audience member: “What do you see as the political future for Egypt?”  

ElBaradei: “Well, I think it is uncertain. I mentioned last week that what I worry about there is the increasing gap between the rich and the poor. Democracy has not yet taken hold there. Democracy has to come from within. Democracy takes time—we all know that. But we have to take certain concrete steps in that direction. People have to feel that they are being treated fairly, that they have a say in who is governing them and how they are governed. When I mention people saying we are poor but not stupid, I mention the fact that people know the difference between genuine democracy and fake democracy. I still think Egypt has a lot to do, and the most important things to me are democracy, education, fair distribution of wealth. We have in Egypt right now, I think, seven or eight people who are on Forbes’ list of the richest 500 people in the world. That’s in a country where still the per capita income is $1,000. That’s something which is not sustainable to me.” 

The full transcript of his remarks can be read here, where you will also find a link to the full audio recording of his address. 

Bye Bye, Hosni

A perky song for the Egyptian people, with the assistance of Ann-Margret.


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