The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

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Thursday? Hell yeah, Bro. THURSDAY!

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Stupidly, last night one was sharing his nascent plans and aspirations for the coming year with Our Lady of the Pentacle. Our Lady is more than supportive of me, that’s not what was stupid. Instead it the falsehood that one such as myself has any control, whatsoever, over either his near or long term future. The captain of this ship offers that the old adage “life is what happens while you’re making other plans” sort of rules the roost, and that control of the wheelhouse is up for grabs.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Once, I allowed myself to have aspirations, most of which were vainglorious. Youthful vagaries turned into middle aged regrets, and those regrets have hardened into diamonds as time has gone by. At least there is some treasure for the old dragon to hoard, although there isn’t exactly a market out there slavering for regret diamonds and every time I try to breathe fire it brings on a jag of coughing and a runny nose.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There is desire, though, so I know I’m not dead. Some sort of adventure is required, and soon, however. A humble narrator feels like a ferret in a cage, thanks to these multiple weeks of non stop rain which have forced both myself and the camera into a sort of domestic incarceration. Desperation for a stimulating or exciting experience usually forces me into some sort of extreme at this time of year. In the meantime, I’m still working my way through Robert Caro’s “Power Broker” biography of Robert Moses, which is a very, very good book.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

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  1. Just a note of thanks- I stumbled on your blog a couple of years ago and have followed along from SC for a few years. Recently I had a chance to visit the “shining city” for my 50th birthday. As I rode in from Laguardia, I saw a few landmarks out the window of the cab. I found my gaze from top of the rock drifting towards the creek. Things that would have passed unoticed before I found interesting. I even noticed a sludge boat headed down the river!! So thanks for your effort. I appreciate it.


    December 12, 2014 at 8:05 am

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