It has been one of those weeks that bring to mind the famous poem by Bobbie Burns - or was it Bobby? I used to think of it as I mowed the fields on our mountain property in Maine years ago. As I traveled through the tall grass, attempting to tame it so that it would act like a lawn, jumping out of the way were creatures that I had never seen as I walked through the tall grass: Kangaroo Mice! I certainly upset their plans for the day!
If I remember correctly, Robert Burns had a similar experience, so that the poem was inspired by the mice running away as he plowed the land. To a Mouse, 1785: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft a-gley.” Go oft awry, I guess is the way we would say it.
So, all I can say in defense of my failure to provide you an essay with great depth this week, is to fall back on the defense of Scotland’s greatest poet!
Having spent the last couple of weeks informing you of the throes of authorship in preparing my talk on Carl Schurz at the Ethical Society of Boston, I should let you know that it will be found on the Society’s website for a couple of weeks, before disappearing into cyberspace. Michael Bleiweiss, current president of the Society, and webmaster, has done a lovely job, including a fine portrait of Schurz and a photograph of the statue by Karl Bitter at Morningside Heights, near Columbia University, in New York City.