Vernal Equinox Bell Ringing

On Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 the 5th annual Vernal Equinox Bell Ringing will be celebrated in honor of global peace and care for the planet. Declared by proclamation in 1970 by United Nations Secretary General U Thant, the Vernal Equinox recognizes that “We are one human family and have only one Earth”.

The Community is invited to participate in celebrating the Vernal Equinox and recognizing local and global environmental champions. The program takes place from 5:00-6:00pm and features the ringing of the Gloucester UU Church’s Paul Revere Bell at 5:58pm, the moment of the equinox. Simultaneous events will take place with the ringing of the Peace Bell at the United Nations headquarters in New York, NY and Vienna, Austria, and at other locations around the world.

This is a family event and is open to the public

Quote of the Week

 

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken (1880-1956)

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An essayist and critic for the Baltimore Sun, the New Yorker, and the New York Times, Mencken was a founding editor of the influential American Mercury. Often referred to as the “Sage of Baltimore”, Mencken’s notoriety was solidified by his acerbic coverage of what he called the Scopes Monkey Trial and his widely read book The American Language (1919).  He was a follower of Nietzsche and counted Twain among his heroes. His support for Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, etc.) helped to launch her career. His distrust of the democratic process is on display in the above quote as well as the following: “No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.”

 Greg Bover

Quote of the Week

Some tips for life: 1. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, unless your dreams are stupid. 2. Be kind to people. 3. Don’t get too excited when you read the Fountainhead 4. In times of recession, it is time for invention. 5. Things can kill you, so keep that in mind, you fearless know it alls.  Lexington High School Commencement Speech, 2009

Eugene Mirman (1974-      )

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The Russian born stand-up comedian moved to the United States in 1978 and graduated from LHS and Hampshire College where he designed his own degree in comedy. He often opens for rock bands rather than appearing in comedy clubs and has worked extensively in radio and television as an actor, writer and voice actor. He published a book of satire, The Will to the Whatevs, in 2009. He is married with one child.

Greg Bover

Quote of the Week

January 4, 2019

Some people pay a compliment as if they were expecting a receipt.

Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard (1868-1930)

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Midwestern humorist, cartoonist, and writer known best for his political commentary, Hubbard was a high school dropout who said his goal in life was to own a circus. He worked briefly as a silhouette artist and attended art school for a short time before beginning cartoon work for the Indianapolis News.  For 25 years he drew the acclaimed cartoon “Abe Martin of Brown County” which went into syndication and made him nationally known. Will Rogers cited Hubbard as an influence and called him the greatest humorist of his time. Another favorite Kin Hubbard quote: “Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.”

Greg Bover

Quote of the Week

Every gun that is made, every waIkership launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

Dwight D Eisenhower (1890 – 1969)

 

 

Born in Texas and raised in Kansas, Ike was the 34th President of the United States after having risen through the ranks of the Army to be the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during the Second World War. He is generally credited with having planned the successful invasions of Nazi-held North Africa and later Normandy and the battle for Europe. Although not highly political, he ran for President as a Republican, defeating the isolationist Robert Taft who wanted to end American participation in NATO, of which Eisenhower was Commander. He beat Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 general election by a landslide, repeating the feat in 1956.  Domestically conservative, he none-the-less successfully opposed McCarthyism, signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and paved the way for the massive Interstate Highway System, which is named in his honor. As he left the presidency in 1961 he famously inveighed against the “military-industrial complex” coining the term. The above quote from the most powerful soldier of the 20th century was uttered eight years earlier in a speech following the death of Stalin.

Greg Bover

Adventure Community Sails

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The 1926 Schooner Adventure has returned to Gloucester after furthering its educational mission with the World Ocean School and about 400 Boston school kids. The 122-foot National Historic Landmark vessel also made a two-week voyage up the coast of Maine, showing the Gloucester flag at Portland, Boothbay, and Rockland and welcoming hundreds of visitors aboard.

Now back at our home port we are continuing our community sailing program three times a week: Wednesdays at 4pm, Fridays at 5pm, and Saturday mornings at 11 for the rest of the season. This Wednesday there is a special deal with reduced ticket prices.  Just visit the Calendar and click on July 11. Add the promo code SAILNOW18 and join us at Maritime Gloucester’s Webster Pier for a fun and relaxing experience. Kids sail free on Wednesdays.

Albert Camus Quote of the Week

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus (1913-1960)

 

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Born to poverty in Algeria, then a French colony, Camus lost his father the following year in the First World War. His precocious brilliance was recognized with scholarships to the University of Algiers where he studied philosophy. During the 1930’s he was active in the French Communist Party and the Algerian People’s Party and began WWII as a pacifist, later joining the fight against the Axis. He gained prominence for his books The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus and is often linked to the existentialism of Sartre, although Camus himself referred to his philosophy as Absurdist, which posits that we ourselves must create meaning in our lives. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, but was killed in an automobile accident two years later.

Greg Bover