(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes) — e. e. cummings
Exactly seven years ago this week, I wrote a column decrying a proposal by city engineers to turn the Overton Park Greensward into an 18-foot-deep "detention basin" designed to stop flooding in Midtown. The engineers claimed we'd hardly notice the football-field-sized bowl. "Except," I wrote then, "when it rains hard, at which time, users of Overton Park would probably notice a large, 18-foot-deep lake in the Greensward. Or afterward, a large, muddy, trash-filled depression."
I was driving down Vance Avenue after work a couple weeks ago, when I observed a cluster of junior high kids on the sidewalk. They were watching a fight between two girls, both of whom were using one hand to hold up their pants and the other to swing and grab at each other ...
If you've seen any of the Republicans' ads, you've seen them all. Each candidate is running on a platform of repealing health-care reform, balancing the budget, cutting taxes, and generally standing up to the GOP's designated bogeywoman, the evil House speaker, Nancy Pelosi ...