You find interesting thoughts in unusual places. I read an article in the “Life” section of the Sunday issue of the “Capital.” [Recall that Annapolis is the Capital of Maryland - hence “Capital”.] The article was about the retirement of a notable Naval Academy English Professor, retiring after 38 years at USNA. As it happens, he has been very active in the Annapolis community and is notable in his own right. Dr. Michael Parker is too young to have had contact with the class of 1951 – of course – but, perhaps, through one of our children? or, hummm, maybe a grandchild?
He taught a course in 2006 & 2014 dealing with the ”Literature of Death and Dying.” If you'll recall, the Navy was engaged in conflicts at the time. The good professor has been retained to edit the works of Edmund Waller (1606-1687), a 17th Century Poet and Politician, for Oxford University Press. Edmund Waller had this to say about this time in our lives I found most comforting:
Stronger by weakness, wiser men become,
As they draw near to their eternal home
Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view
That stand upon the threshold of the new.
- Da Pres
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