Dear Sewanee Class of 1987, Man, you look good. Who knew you would look so good? The last time I saw some of you – most of you – your faces were smooth as marble, clean blank pages, uncharted territory. You were pretty then. You’re beautiful now.
When I came to the end of the final book in the Harry Potter series, I remember thinking, “Wow, how about that? After all the analysis, all the scholarship, all the speculation and debate… it’s just a children’s story after all.” With three little words – “All was well” – J.K, Rowling gave her legions of fans, both young and old, a parting gift of grace. She reminded us not to take her books, or our selves, too seriously.
Beaufort has been named as one of the top 100 best art towns in the United States for the past 10 years. Beaufort’s finest art galleries will open their doors to bring some of the best art and artists the Lowcountry has to offer during the tenth bi- annual Guild of Beaufort Galleries Fall ArtWalk, Saturday October 27th, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.
Occasionally, certain things rattle around in my head and I’m unable to dislodge them. Generally, the more esoteric the information, the more difficult it is to forget about it. Thus, I can quote movie lines for days on end but can’t remember what I did two hours ago.
I’m a little ashamed of myself. I usually let headline news come to me. I don’t seek drama out. However, when the tragedy at Virginia Tech unfolded and we learned that Cho had mailed a multi-media information package to NBC the same day of his deadly massacre, I went to nbc.com to view the video. Because of blocks put on my company laptop, my access was denied and I was almost relieved when that prohibitive screen popped up. I never did view the video or hear Mr. Cho speak. Probably for the best. His message seems to be one of misguided retaliation and his methods left me speechless in our common quest to understand why.
You are probably asking yourself, “What in the heck is riprap?” Maybe it’s some kind of make-believe word. You might assume it’s the newest trend in hip-hop music or some sort of new criminal tactic employed by a wily group of New York gang members intent on wreaking havoc. Riprap is a legitimate word and is defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as “a loose assemblage of broken stones erected in water or on soft ground as a foundation.” Remember this word the next time you overdose on R’s and P’s during your next game of Scrabble.
By the time this article is published, we’ll be ten days into the New Year. Already, resolutions that were made in the newness of the first sunrise of 2007 will have been tossed aside as we resume our trudge along the routine avenues that comprise the direction of our lives. A bleak beginning both to this article and to the New Year, wouldn’t you say?