ON THIS DAY . . .
- . . . in 1770, William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, England. Bertrand Russell will sum up Wordsworth this way: "In his youth, Wordsworth sympathized with the French Revolution, went to France, wrote good poetry, and had a natural daughter. At this period, he was called a 'bad' man. Then he became 'good," abandoned his daughter, adopted correct principles, and wrote bad poetry."
- . . . in 1775, Samuel Johnson, dining at a tavern with companions, declared, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," a remark noted by his ever-present friend James Boswell and advice still heeded by a couple of presidential candidates.
- . . . in 1931, the poet and short story writer Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia.
FAREWELL . . .
. . . country music legend Merle Haggard, who died yesterday on his 79th birthday.
A SCI-FI FILM ABOUT A FATHER LETTING GO . . .
Last week, Matissta and I got an AFI sneak peak at the latest film from the extraordinarily gifted director Jeff Nichols. It's called "Midnight Special" and watching the trailer might lead moviegoers to believe it's a very good, creepy and compelling sic-fi chase film. Well, it's that, for sure, but more profoundly, it is a parable of parental love; "a heartfelt look at the challenges involved in loving and possibly losing an extraordinary child," said the New York Times. Although the ending was somewhat of a letdown, I was very moved by the heart of this film -- also, the soundtrack is superb and adds to the film's overall sense of foreboding.
As I left the theater, I thought about Beth, Carol, Judy, Kathy, Camilla and all the mothers I've known who have had to let their children go even when they weren't certain that their children had made the safest or wisest choices.
What's it like to let go of a child? It's a serious question. "Midnight Special" offers an intriguing answer, but what's it REALLY like? Please share what you know.
TODAY'S TACtic . . .
I have written the speech for the TAC CEO to deliver at his company's annual meeting. I step back stage to see if he needs anything.
SHARON: How are you? Do you need anything?
CEO: No, I'm fine. How are you? No, wait a minute . . . if I'm fine that means you must be fine.
TODAY'S TRUTH . . .