A couple of dots on the map of eternity


A busy day in history. ON this day in 1492, Columbus would depart from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, on his way to the East Indies. Something would stop him. On this day in 1620 a gaggle of Puritans, shaking off the irons of the Anglican tyranny and seeking that precious freedom to persecute others, sailed from Plymouth, England.

On this day in 1847, Henry Thoreau abandoned his cabin in the woods and moved in with his mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emerson’s, I’m sure, delighted family.

And, lastly, for my purposes, on this day in 1995, Cal Ripken Jr plays his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record that had stood for some fifty-six years.

I am loath to draw lines to connect these dots.

But, an interesting day, for some in the sense of that ancient Chinese curse.

And, for all of us, some marks on the spinning globe turning in the great night.


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