Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.
I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.
Friday, November 11, 2011
This is one of the American cemeteries at the Marne area battlefields in France. Hundreds of thousands of men died here, on all sides, in 1916. The novelist Paul Dutourd noted that before 1918 there were no war cemeteries in France. Afterward they were everywhere. It was all supposed to end today, at eleven in the morning. Forever.
In America we began with a remembrance of The Armistice. After some years, there was of course more evil. More battles. More cemeteries. We finally changed it to a day to remember the valor and sacrifice of all Veterans. Which, even for people with a particular interest in World War I, is probably a good thing. It keeps us reminded that the sacrifices of World War I, World War II, and all the rest, are part of a continuum. A line which we can all at least pray will one day reach its end.
I am rather proud of my previous Armistice/Veterans Day posts. You can find last year's here.
In my early 60s, widower, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".