Saturday, June 7, 2008


Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity.

John Brown

I don't need to tell you what the original graffiti was. The overuse of profanity makes the user's true unkind and very pitiable self shine through. A little profanity is totally necessary in this world, though.

On the bright side, this gentleman passed by while I was standing around. I heard him long before I saw him, first a distant hum and then by degrees I could make out the melody and the words of a hymn of praise. He had a beautiful voice and was singing his way across town. I followed him for many blocks, listening to him sing.


Kurt said...

Again, this reminds me of Gary Davis' story of how he learned the song Candy Man. A traveling musician was coming up the road playing the song, and he heard him from a long way off. Davis said "this was back before noise."

Coffee Messiah said...

Nice shot and story.

May have nothing to do with the song, but "Dignity" has been one of the songs I continue to listen to many times.

A song with dignity! ; )

Chuck Pefley said...

At the risk of upsetting your complacency with two comments, I'll add a third :)

So seldom in this world (in my experience at least) witness people openly singing as they walk along. Lovely idea. Glad you had this encounter.

Thanks for your visits and comments. ~Chuck

Marie-Noyale said...

It's part of those unexpected moments in life but they make you want to go on living...I would have followed him too!!
To answer your comment,nice of you to talk about my blog ;~))
The golf course this man was talking about must be "Bonnie Briar",I live close by and I will inquire about the interesting story,thank you.

Bob Dylan said...

Winged Foot is the golf course--it may be in Mamaroneck.