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August 1, 2005

ninety years ago
posted by soe 9:24 pm

Robert Frost published this old standby on Aug. 1, 1915:

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

I never hear Frost without thinking of Dad. And while “The Road Not Taken” is good, I much prefer this other Frost poem:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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makin’ my way the only way I know how
posted by soe 9:03 pm

I awoke this morning with a mission: finish the first draft of the skin book in time to get to the free 7:30 screening of The Dukes of Hazzard.

Well, 7:30 rolled around and one half of the goal had been accomplished.

And, for once, it was the correct half.

Yes, yes. The skin book has been emailed off. Portions of it could be better — like the section on research or the introduction — but other sections are thorough and I’m generally pleased with them. Hopefully others will be, too.

I’m sorry I missed the movie, but it will come around on video sooner or later. And, really, that’s how Dukes should be viewed, right?

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