Lamb is a four letter word.
...and out like a lamb.
Wood is a four letter word.
What a fascinating material wood is. We can burn it, build with it, and wander amongst it. We use it in our sports, in our decorations, and sometimes in our water supply systems. It can be beautiful on its own, or as part of a greater whole - the beauty showing on every level of detail in the hands of a craftsman.
Door lock. Asch fire. Historic four letter words.
100 years ago today, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, located in the Asch building in New York City, caught fire. The workers (mostly immigrant women), attempting to flee, were largely prevented from doing so by emergency doors that were locked. The fire remains the 4th worst industrial accident in US history.
Chat is a four letter word.
There is something about a casual conversation that fascinates me. How some of them could remain casual - staying superficial and barely touching anything in our lives. They are a small relief valve of our mundane thoughts. But every so often - they can leap into something far less mundane, yet still taking on a casual nature.
Luck is a four letter word.
It is, admittedly, an odd sort of word to pick for St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick himself has nothing about "luck" attributed to him. There are stories, mostly apocryphal, about his use of the clover as part of his teachings - but this would have been the three-leaf clover, not the four-leaf clover people associate with luck.
The phrase "the luck of the Irish" was coined centuries later, and is either an ironic statement about how UNlucky the Irish have been for most of their history, or specifically relates to the luck of a few of Irish heritage during the American Gold Rush.
Dusk is a four letter word.
As much as I like mornings... I dislike evenings. By this time of day, I'm worn out and getting sluggish. The beauty of the sunset is gone, and it has not yet been replaced by the grandeur of the stars. It is the gloomiest of times for me. And yet, I try to perk my spirits up by recalling these lines from Reflections of Earth:
Every evening brings an ending. Every day becomes a legacy.
Every sunset leads to morning with the promise of opportunity.
Dawn is a four letter word.
This is my favorite time of day. Most people either aren't up - or don't want to be. But this is a wonderful time of day for me. The sky begins to brighten and warm... the sun piercing the horizon as it rises. The day is still silent, any sounds are similarly piercing the quiet of the morning. Dawn is full of promise - it is the promise of spring... but it comes every morning.
Hour is a four letter word.
In the United States, Daylight Saving Time begins today. I always have mixed feelings about this policy, but probably not for the same reasons most people do. For starters - I tend to adjust quite well to the change in both directions. Never really bothers me.
What does vex me about DST is that it noon no longer represents the point of the day when the sun is at its highest. The only thing that comforts me is that time zones themselves represent a standardized time - the sun is not overhead at noon at all points in a time zone. So once you have an artificial time... why not make it entirely artificial?
This morning Japan experienced a record earthquake. Although well braced for these events, there has been significant damage. And now... we're waiting to see if a tsunami wave hits Japan and/or elsewhere in the Pacific and what damage it may cause.
My thoughts go out to everyone affected by this.
Times like this that I ponder that there are so many natural obstacles facing us in the world... why do we so often seem to feel the need to create our own obstacles?
Flew is a four letter word.
This floated across my desk today... and I just found it so neat that I had to share it. Up-Inspired Floating House (14 photos) - My Modern Metropolis. This is not animated. This is real. A real building. Real weather balloons. Really flying in the sky. The experimental aircraft, because thats what it IS, has the registration number "N878UP". This is just totally awesome.
As I thought more about it, however, as cool as it was... I realized that there was a niggling feeling about this. Or more exactly, what it meant about the movie Up. I loved the movie. I'm not sure there was anything about it that I didn't find brilliantly done. But one of the things I love about animated movies is that they can so wonderfully represent the incredible... the fantastical... how they can make you feel that something that can't be real - is. And here someone has taken that unreal and made it... real. So I'm forced to wonder... when are they going to make the live-action version of Up?