Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"It [government] covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Our Mantel

Pleas tiled our wood stove alcove,
built the grate (to let the heat out),
and built the mantel!

In this photo:
Mom, Sugar Bear
Their adopted Baby, Stefano
Dad, Honey Bear