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“Superstition is the poetry of life”*…


Charles Dickens
Slept Facing North

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) carried a navigational compass with him at all times and always faced north while he slept—a practice he believed improved his creativity and writing.

Nine other personal peculiarities at “Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists.”

* Johann Wolfgang Goethe


As we knock on wood, we might spare a thought for Michael “Mick” Ronson; he died on this date in 1993.  A guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer, he is best remembered as the foil to David Bowie in his breakout years, the leader of the Spiders from Mars.  But Ronson also served as arranger and occasional producer on Bowie’s work.  He went on to a successful career as a session musician recording with the like of Ian Hunter, John Mellencamp, Elton John, and Morrissey, and as a sideman in touring bands with Van Morrison and Bob Dylan (Ronson was the anchor of the Rolling Thunder Revue band).  He wrote and recored successful solo albums, and produced albums for acts including Ellen Foley, Roger McGuinn, Morrissey, and many others.

Ziggy and the Spider



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April 29, 2018 at 1:01 am

Doing unto others…

source: Foundations Magazine

George Washington was only 16 when he finished copying out by hand all 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation,” a translation of a set of French Jesuit “injunctions to gentlemen” that dated from the late 16th century.  Their dated diction (and the odd passe circumstance) notwithstanding, the Rules are an instructive read in these times of aggression and screed.

As we wax wistful, we might share a courteous smile with the nearest gin-soaked bar room queen– it was on this date in 1969 that the Rolling Stones released “Honky Tonk Women” in the U.S.  (the very same day, as it happens, that David Bowie released “Space Oddity”).

B-side: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

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