Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! September 23, 2003

Today is the birthday of Euripides, Caesar Augustus, Edgar Lee Masters and John Coltrane (and see here for the story of The St. John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church.)

Coltrane lived, studied and played here in Philadelphia. It seems to me that in terms of civic pride and tourism, a much bigger deal could be made of this.

Anyway, since I can't post a snippet of "My Favorite Things" or "Love Supreme" here, I'll instead offer the following, from Epitaph 64 of Masters' Spoon River Anthology:

To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,  
But life without meaning is the torture  
Of restlessness and vague desire–
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.


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