Make up your mind to die in state.

Provide, Provide

The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag
Was once the beauty Abishag,

The picture pride of Hollywood.
Too many fall from great and good
For you to doubt the likelihood.

Die early and avoid the fate.
Or if predestined to die late,
Make up your mind to die in state.

Make the whole stock exchange your own!
If need be occupy a throne,
Where nobody can call you crone.

Some have relied on what they knew,
Others on being simply true.
What worked for them might work for you.

No memory of having starred
Atones for later disregard
Or keeps the end from being hard.

Better to go down dignified
With boughten friendship at your side
Than none at all. Provide, provide!

–Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Extravagance!

Nature is, above all, profligate. Don’t believe them when they tell you how economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to leave them on the tree in the first place? This deciduous business alone is a radical scheme, the brainchild of a deranged manic-depressive with limitless capital. Extravagance! Nature will try anything once.

–Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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Deep Space 9 Rewatch

I just finished a rewatch of most of Deep Space 9. I have to admit, I’ve got a little thing for Vic Fontaine.

But my favorite recurring guest character is Garek, the Cardassian tailor slash spy, and by far and away my favorite episode in all seven years is “In the Pale Moonlight.”

You get into bed with Garek, you don’t get up clean the next morning. I always wished that Garek could have flattened the self-righteous Sisko just once, but with Garek it was never the phaser in the front, it was always the knife in the back.

I was a TNG girl from the getgo, but when it hit its stride, DS9 was the best Trek ‘verse ever constructed. The wonderful ensemble cast of characters, the multi-season story arcs, the red shift limit best cast villains (Marc Alaimo as Dukat, Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun, Louise Fletcher as Kai Winn), and a willingness to look at the dark underside of the squeaky clean Roddenberry Star Trek world combined to make a riveting watch.

And you notice? They’re all using iPads.

All seven seasons are available on DVD on Amazon, and on live streaming on Netflix.

The joyous season.

Daddy always said that Christmas is a joyous season when suicides and holdups and shoplifting and like that reach a new high and that the best place to spend the whole thing was a Moslem country.

–Patrick Dennis, The Joyous Season

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