quick blog in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport



Our flight was late out of Ontario California last night. We were delayed due to bad weather in Dallas. Then we had to deplane while they worked on a bad pump. We arrived late in Dallas. Missed our connection of course. Managed to get a hotel and taxi voucher. I have to say that American Airlines was pretty loose here in Dallas. The workers were very unconcerned about the line of people inconvenienced. Nice.

Sitting in a Starbucks after mistakenly trying to have breakfast in a airport bar. We will spend the day in airports. Ah the jet set life.

There seems to be a lot more free WiFi in airports than the last time I traveled.

This morning’s Writer’s Almanac poem seems appropriate. I’ll put the whole thing here since I don’t see a way to link into a permanent URL for the poem for the day (only older poems).

Again I resume the long
lesson: how small a thing
can be pleasing, how little
in this hard world it takes
to satisfy the mind
and bring it to its rest.

Within the ongoing havoc
the woods this morning is
almost unnaturally still.
Through stalled air, unshadowed
light, a few leaves fall
of their own weight.

The sky
is gray. It begins in mist
almost at the ground
and rises forever. The trees
rise in silence almost
natural, but not quite,
almost eternal, but
not quite.

What more did I
think I wanted? Here is
what has always been.
Here is what will always
be. Even in me,
the Maker of all this
returns in rest, even
to the slightest of His works,
a yellow leaf slowly
falling, and is pleased.

“VII” by Wendell Berry from This Day. © Counterpoint Press, 2013

I set my windows phone down in the bathroom at the Ontario airport and left it. Remembered it minutes later. Spent a frantic ten minutes or so running it down after returning and finding it gone.

I always thought that Blance Dubois said that.

Witty internet.

1. The Map Of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before : Code Switch : NPR


2. Native American Tribes Map

Can’t vouch for these but it is interesting. I included the first one since it has Mexico as well.

3. Music for Concertina and Piano

Looking for the composer Stephen Jackman who wrote the piano duets I played with my Grandson I ran across some compositions by someone of the same name at this site. Still haven’t figured who this dude is. Nom de plume?

4. Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers – Vox

Always looking for learning tips. Eileen liked the one about math.

5. The Case for Reparations – The Atlantic

Haven’t read yet but looks good.

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