Saturday, August 25, 2012

Reflections: Honor

The reflections of cattails, trees, sky are ephemeral, discarnate, bodiless, weightless, yet accurate and delightful.  When I gaze at them, for a moment I too feel weightless--well, almost weightless.

The arbor vitae seems frosted.  Or is this juniper?  If I had crushed one of these berries to get the scent I would have known.  Juniper is unmistakable.  Sniff gin and you smell juniper.

I hope the zinnias will go on until the first hard frost.  The colors are so intense they seem hot enough to melt frost.  Red admiral butterflies are feasting on the zinnias.  (I'll try to get a picture of them.)

It's lucky to have these sights so close to home.  Classic forms in New England.  Those loops of handles are generous!

The sculpture at the base of the Town Hall flag pole have a wonderful shine.  The child's hand resting on the mother's is a familiar gesture.

There are four words carved at the base: honour, liberty, patriotism, obedience.  We hear a lot about patriotism and liberty ("freedom" is the word favored now) but hardly anything about honor or obedience.  According to Wiki, Samuel Johnson, in his A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), defined honor as having several senses, the first of which was "nobility of soul, magnanimity, and a scorn of meanness.  An elegantly written definition.  I wish our public figures possessed such honor.  Mitt Romney was dishonorable when he played up to the Birthers, who insist that Obama was not born in America,  by saying in a recent speech in Michigan, that no one asked to see his birth certificate.  

As for me, I hope to be obedient to a code of honor, and thank Samuel Johnson for his clarity.  "Scorn of meanness."  Meanness here meaning lack of generosity.


  1. Miriam -- Wonderful to see you back in print and enjoying seeing the "small" world through your eyes. Your devotees might be interested to know that the U. of Georgia will this fall reissue your memoir Devotion in paperback. At least, that is what I hear on the grape vine. Congratulations. It is a superb book. -- Bluedog

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  3. Hello, Bluedog:

    Thank you for your kind mention of "Devotion," which will be reissued in paperback.

    Your "Bluedog" alias makes it clear that you will be voting blue.

    I believe President Obama is honorable.

    Regards from Boston . . .

  4. Wonderful.
    Loved the mood and way you created, leading to the teaching of a child, about honour, freedom and alike, as that generation only does reflect what's seen before.

  5. Robert: I'm glad the post holds together. All the best to you in Athens,

  6. Beautiful images, Mim. I have just returned from Italy and was equally exposed to so much beauty. I love that third picture, top to bottom.

    Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

    1. Hello, Cuban, and welcome back from Rome. What a glorious city! Yours for flowers, and all the best from Boston . . .